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ACSH has made it, big time! We've been accused of supplying fake news! All because we (and other "fake newsers") have spoken out about the many faults of the dietary supplements industry. But the critic, Bill Sardi, thinks cancer can be cured and that vaccinations make kids sicker. This dude has a Home Depot full of loose screws. 
One of the many medical myths that we are bombarded with is the idea of "chronic Lyme disease." Lyme is real and can be serious if not treated. But attempts to "cure" chronic Lyme can be dangerous or even deadly, especially when long courses of antibiotics are given. Here's the latest on this from the CDC. 
The Food and Drug Administration recently issued draft guidelines for the regulation of stem cell therapy clinics. They have become part of a booming industry, with many of them run by those with the ethical makeup of snake oil salesmen of yesteryear.
Continuing the assault on anti-scientific beliefs and quackery that he thoroughly eviscerated in his previous book, Do You Believe in Magic-The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, Dr. Paul Offit, the chief of the division of infectious diseases at Children s Hospital of Philadelphia, has now set his sights on another appalling practice the substitution of prayer for proper medical care.
Today we give a mega-shoutout to Alex Berezow over at RealClearScience for his brilliant letter to Dr.Oz.
We have written numerous times about the folly of the supplements industry, the latest incident (see the original report by the Times Anahad O'Connor) where GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens were forced to pull supplement products from their shelves by New York state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman.
Let s give a big shoutout to Gawker today. They really stuck it to the Times by pointing out that their columnist Nick Bilton, who writes about style (and should obviously not venture beyond this) had some questions about potential health hazards from the new Apple Watch.
InScreen Shot 2015-03-11 at 2.01.10 PM the end, it was a complete waste of time and money. Yet, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia's top agency for medical research has concluded that
In the neverending world of alternative medicine, it s always something. The non-medical roulette wheel from hell has a far greater number of wrong choices (37 on a standard roulette wheel ) than you ll find in a casino. And the wheel keeps spinning. It just landed on 16 (the atomic weight of oxygen), and it is unlikely that there were any winners.
When Dr. Oz eventually goes to the magic fat burner in the sky, he may reflect upon the past few months and conclude that there may have been better times in his professional life.
And the beat goes on: Chronic Lyme Disease quacks and scammers exploit minimal knowledge and maximal greed to treat ingenuous patients indefinitely for a condition they do not have, and likely does not exist.
As we have done repeatedly, fellow debunker Michael Shaw has some things to say about Dr. Oz on his web page Shaw s Eco-Logic. Here are a couple of examples from his piece The Merry Old Land of Oz, which appeared on the HealthNewsDigest site: