Monday, December 19, 2005

The Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science

This is dated, but worth reading. Thanks to the Health Fraud List for the link!

2 comments:

gmm said...

I think that the H Pylori/ulcer guys were guilty of almost all the Seven Warning SIgns of Bogus Science- thankfully they soldiered on and got the Nobel recently. The thing is there really are ideas that are new that "the establishment" fights against, and take years to receive their due. The Earth orbits the Sun is one of them.....For the record I do not believe in healing touch and crap like that. I just think it interesting that we could throw the babies out with the bathwater if we aren't careful about some things that may be firmly entrenched in medical belief systems and are later proven wrong.

R. W. Donnell said...

This is a good point which I may respond to with a follow up blog post, since you are at least the second person to comment on the H pylori story. In brief I'll say that I make a distinction between a physiologic implausibility (energy healing, etc) and a novel idea (infection causing ulcer). I do not reject novel or counterintuitive ideas.