Michael Bailes

Sydney, Australia

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Michael Bailes
Posted almost 2 years ago
Ben Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe
Nissam you are just showing your ignorance of the history of pharmacy and your prejudice There are about 2 million articles on various herbs and herbal medicines publised in the last 40 years (meline / Embase andmany more on European, Chinese Japanese Brazilian sites )So many of them have been made into effective drugs (Alzheimer's drugs; 6 of the top 8 Cancer Drugs; What do you use for Maleria?) The fact that there are over 40,000 medical herbs and millions of papers -pharmacology, ethnobotany, chemical analysis Clinical Trials -makes your question just silly. Much organic chemisty mining of bioactive compiunds from plants is being done "in house" such as the screening of Hypericum species and is unlikely to be publised The first TCM Chinese formulae should almost be registered as a "drug" in USA by now
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Michael Bailes
Posted almost 2 years ago
Ben Goldacre: What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe
Jan this is also interesting Saturated Fat and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors, Coronary Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes: a Fresh Look at the Evidence Renata Micha1 and Dariush Mozaffarian1, Lipids ) 2010 10.1007/s11745-010-3393-4 (1) Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA (2) Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 665 Huntington Ave Bldg 2-319, Boston, MA 02115, USA See also AHA: Niacin 'AIM's-HIGH but Falls Flat The trial was halted earlier this year for futility and a small excess of ischemic strokes in the niacin group, which turned out to be not statistically significant in the final analysis (1.1% versus 1.7%, P=0.11). But the study may have been doomed from the start because of an overly optimistic 25% effect size expected from niacin, further compounded by the early termination hundreds short of the planned 800 events, Barter noted. http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AHA/29711?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_source=WC&eun=g403217d0r&userid=403217&email=michael.v.bailes@gmail.com&mu_id=
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Michael Bailes
Posted almost 3 years ago
In our move toward the "quantified self" when we regard our health and the health of others, are we ignoring the importance of rituals?
Psychology has a lot to say about touch; starting with the experiments of Maslow and baby chimps There is also Interesting connection here with the 'Transactional Analysis' concept of "stroking" (a lot more complex than it sounds). Also with shamanic healing rituals,spells, folklore and magic which in our hubris we have dismissed as 'unscientific' and ineffective.