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Post-Covid syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and the recurring pseudoscience of mass hysteria

The people who want you to think that everything is “all in your mind” are back, their schtick now revised and updated for a COVID-19 world. Here’s the Daily Telegraph: … Continue Reading Post-Covid syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and the recurring pseudoscience of mass hysteria

My letter to the BMJ on its “ambiguous editorial commitment to scientific rigour”

Here it is. I think it is pretty self-explanatory (nonetheless, I have added some additional context below the fold): Date: Sep 11, 2019To: <Fiona Godlee>, Editor in Chief, BMJRE: BMJ’s … Continue Reading My letter to the BMJ on its “ambiguous editorial commitment to scientific rigour”

If you spend 20 years gaslighting your patients, perhaps you should think twice before accusing *them* of trolling *you*

This week we learned that online activists are silencing scientists in the UK: Reuters contacted a dozen professors, doctors and researchers with experience of analysing or testing potential treatments for … Continue Reading If you spend 20 years gaslighting your patients, perhaps you should think twice before accusing *them* of trolling *you*

The HRA report does not exonerate the PACE trial, it merely confirms that its Research Ethics approval was in order

Great news. The PACE Trial controversy has been resolved! Oh, wait…er, no it hasn’t. Rather, the spin cycle of eminence-based medicine continues. The UK’s Health Research Authority have released a … Continue Reading The HRA report does not exonerate the PACE trial, it merely confirms that its Research Ethics approval was in order

Forty-one international scientists have signed a declaration supporting Cochrane’s decision to withdraw its controversial review of exercise therapy in ME/CFS

And I’m one of them. This is important not least because of claims appearing over the weekend that Cochrane pulled its controversial review due to pressure from brain-addled trouble-making “patient … Continue Reading Forty-one international scientists have signed a declaration supporting Cochrane’s decision to withdraw its controversial review of exercise therapy in ME/CFS

This pro-life activist has a foolproof plan to reduce abortion numbers, and it involves only a *little* racism

It is well known that around 3,500 women travelled from Ireland to Britain to get abortions in 2016, which, from a population of around 4.5 million, is a rather high … Continue Reading This pro-life activist has a foolproof plan to reduce abortion numbers, and it involves only a *little* racism

Begging-the-question, conjecture, anecdote, false equivalence, and a non sequitur: those five reasons for raising the Digital Age of Consent

Cormac Ryan has been tweeting about the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and their letter to the government on the Digital Age of Consent. Its worrying that a group … Continue Reading Begging-the-question, conjecture, anecdote, false equivalence, and a non sequitur: those five reasons for raising the Digital Age of Consent