finger in the dike meme
Things are progressing, and most of my old material has been transferred to the new blog, which is located at respectfulinsolence.com. Surprisingly often it isn't even a published paper that triggers an article like this, but a poster presentation, or a preliminary finding that shouldn't really get anyone too excited. Here's a question I find interesting. In a more contemporary, negative way : Curing the symptom(s) instead of attacking the real cause(s). I am simply intrigued that it is possible to do and that it is verifiable. Today is the last day that ScienceBlogs will exist. I empathize with your sleep disorder. Sometimes evidence can precede a scientific explanation, as with early aspirin use. OR, in the case of most of what I canvas: to cast doubt upon consensus science ( SBM) and open up a new market for alternative views and products. The body saving itself at the expense of growth, perhaps. People do use things that don't work, or aren't shown to provide the benefit claimed. I also think the same applies to the tai chi masters; I see no reason to think they were any better at this than doctors at that time. "Like a house protecting one from the heat of the sun, Haṭha Yoga protects its practiser from the burning heat of the three Tâpas; and, similarly, it is the supporting tortoise, as it were, for those who are constantly devoted to the practice of Yoga. Right? The upsides to the visits, I felt like someone listened to me, I have no illusions about natural medicine anymore and I know that I have covered that base in trying to find out what is wrong with me. With ancient techniques, you can be sure that all the downsides have been recorded over the hundreds of years they've been used. " The author there said it well when he wrote: "If good scientists like this can publish results that are so little supported by their data, and a supposedly excellent journal lets them get away with it-- then what happens when to the natural enthusiasm of the research team, we add the incentives as well as the incredible monetary resources of the drug industry? Ok, I'll break my lurker status to comment on something I know; my history. Thanks for pointing this out. Much of what you see now is backlash against that particular form of ignorant arrogance. I fail to see what else is involved, apart from mild to moderate exercise and some visualization of imaginary energies. These days it's being used by our more innovative brewers, as a flavouring element in beer (with the side effect of turning one's face numb). @ann - I vaguely recall the aspect of stunted growth from reading about lack of language development in feral children. Oh, heck, I don't care...your company may be evil, but you are still my hero! I'll concede that my opinion about diving for some sort of Stuckey's gift shop–level materialist novelty in Lamaism is conditioned by closing in on the end of this and the tanking of Ch'an at the end of the Sung dynasty by virtue of, basically, endorsement of sitting around like a lump "meditating" on isolated words in straightforward observations. *Of course they're going to be better*. Lastly, as I mentioned elsewhere, a spot of good news today: Herbalife is being investigated by USA authorities as a pyramid scheme. The coincidence is too much. Fairly early on in working with him, he told me "There is no such thing as a good drug." I think it bothered him that the word was banded about the hospital so much. AnnB, The basic concept is that CAM/IM has co-opted several ostensibly science-based modalities, such as diet, exercise, relaxation, and the like. Thank you, Jane, though you knew not what you did! [Note, I was also being treated at a sleep clinic at the time. #60 Thank you, Krebiozen. There is no "outside way" of doing things. Yes, these are both modes of exercise, but they are not identical with one another nor with the sorts of exercise that have been recently invented by degreed western Experts. It's times like these that I wonder whether the forces of pseudoscience have already won. And that’s when I stuck my finger, and now I mean my prick, in the dike. Because I am biased in my individual case to psychological well-being, I choose diet and supplements. What will you do when you see someone with their finger in the dyke..... What is the meaning of the phrase "put finger in the dyke" ? I can think of herbal remedies like St John's Wort, kava kava, ginkgo biloba and valerian which are all used for subjectively assessed disorders like anxiety, depression and insomnia, and which have variable evidence for a small effect (St John's Wort was never used traditionally for depression, by the way, this is a modern idea). Similarly juicing and fasting. "It was not me, it was my psychic double! Ex : garçon - nm > On dira "le garçon" ou "un garçon".She put the frozen chicken fingers in the oven in time for lunch. Of course there were those that were slow to accept the evidence, but generally I think the scientific community did a good job. I meant to address something you wrote above: It was entertaining and educational dabbling here with you skeptics, but I haven’t been able to shake the subtle, subjective concern I’ve had ever since the whole h pylori kerfuffle* years ago that the harder task is wading through the polluted water of scientific studies to find the truth. The gold standard in medical research is the systematic review or the metaanalysis, which assesses the quality of the evidence using internationally agreed criteria and comes to a conclusion based on that. And why would you go to any doctor given that you distrust them? Chris A scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark comes to mind. Apparently it is all about Legos these days. Oddly, tearing down SBM is usually accompanied by a trumpetting of an alternative system or individual, often being the person doing the hatchet job. But it's also an individual one and I've spent years researching. He lived to 83, despite being a heavy smoker. Self sacrifice is a diminishing quality in today s heodionistic society, as there is no greater nobility than to sacrifice your needs to benefit others....This opens another question whom have you left with their finger in the dyke, did you easily rationalize it, is it still a memory that causes consternation? You can sign in to vote the answer. The implication (and apparent hope) among CAM advocates is that this means that CAM will increasingly become more tightly "integrated" with real medicine. Here's a hypothetical example. One notes that yoga and Tai Chi are listed as falling under this category (supplemental information); so it's not at all surprising that one in three people might have tried yoga or Tai Chi at some time in their lives. Interesting. So, "mainstream" medicine to the rescue, but i am glad I didn't the first cure they offered me. Amy Coney Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-LGBTQ policies, Read Krebiozen - I hope you take this part of the advice from Denice: "reduce stress in your life...take a walk in natural surroundings like a park, listen to relaxing music and have a glass or two of….". Did you read ‘Sungods in Exile’ and others in the series out of morbid curiosity? It was a mix of his eloquent nerdiness and his humble recognition in that he represented what may be the finger in the dike, trying to stop the inevitable superiority of artificial intelligence. The choices for the second question included osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, massage, and, again, "all of the above." Since I can't carry a Krebiozen in my pocket, I guess I am screwed at the present moment when it comes to scientific data. Sadly, her book says nothing about steam. While 30.8% of health care practitioners reported using them as "self-treatment," only 0.9% reported practitioner-based use of these therapies. The actual process of science, which relies on confirmation and consensus, is much too slow for the media because by the time consensus is reached it is old news. I often make a point of tracking down the study and press release that prompted the article, and quite often there is more (or less) to the story than the article tells us, and it's nice to have the skills to figure this out. They weren’t. The authors found a higher prevalence of use in the past year among all healthcare workers compared with the general population (41% vs 30%). Not thinking of anything else practitioners claim it heals. Mea Tulpa!". Shouldn't we start from the null hypothesis, which is that there is no difference in the efficacy of different exercise regimes, and only abandon that null hypothesis if we have good evidence to support this? Although, I am positive that I have met the Stepford wives in corporate America, and they come in both sexes. See Temple of Doom. Be that as it may, there are two questions in a survey form: The choices for the first question included physicians, nurses, and pharmacists—and, of course, "all of the above." There are also three aspects, or phases, to discovery: innovation (finding something new), research (finding out what to do with this new thing) and development (optimizing the use of the new thing). This about sums up what I am thinking. I associate it with JM Barrie, the author of "Peter Pan," who's been said -- maybe apocryphally -- to have been affected by it. For some reason, I suspected that I wasn't the only regular @ RI to have read David-Neel. We can set criteria based upon the seriousness of the health issue: I might be willing to accept more difficult side effects if I have a life-threatening condition but would not if I am taking meds for an intermittent, minor condition. answer about novelist Bram Stoker, Ken Jennings scribbled out a meme which seems a perfect blend of wit and doom. Read Does classroom indoor environmental quality affect teaching and learning? A bacterial cause for peptic ulcers had been suspected as far back as 1868, the stress-acid hypothesis had been questioned and several other researchers had suspected H pylori but hadn't managed to produce convincing evidence. Litterly plugging the hole/leak with your finger. It seems like some here never sleep and I am being to question whether you are human. Not entirely true. Just like "organic" agriculture. The harder find, and stranger still, was that the article with the most substance was at a business site here. Oct 21 Narad - Thanks for the follow-up. You will have trouble convincing me that tai chi is superior to an exercise regime put together by a physiotherapist. ...from wiki that captured my attention. Are they gonna be better than Western calisthenics which have had a *lot* less history and testing? Hey, take care. Rather they are "shruggies," whom Val Jones defined as "fairly inert," unwilling to "argue the merits (or lack thereof) of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) or pseudoscience in general," because they just "aren’t all that interested in the discussion, and are somewhat puzzled by those who are."
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