The American Medical Association is finally taking a stand on quacks like Dr. Oz

by Larry Emmott on June 16, 2015

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From Vox: This is interesting.

Now the AMA is finally taking a stand on quack MDs who spread pseudoscience in the media…

a British Medical Journal study examined the health claims showcased on 40 randomly selected episodes of the two most popular internationally syndicated health talk shows — The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors —and found that about half of the recommendations either had no evidence behind them or actually contradicted the best available science.

via The American Medical Association is finally taking a stand on quacks like Dr. Oz – Vox.

Part of the problem is defining what is the best treatment and what evidence matters. Many, if not most, medical treatments have surprisingly little scientific evidence backing them up. If practitioners are prohibited from doing anything that does not have official approval innovation will die. Many medical protocols we now take for granted, such as vaccines or simply washing hands between patients, were considered radical when they were first proposed.

On the other hand it is way to easy for a smooth talker with an engaging personality to convince people to try a useless remedy and then later swear it was wonderful.

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