Author Archives: skeptvet

Actually, Raw Chicken Likely Can Lead to Paralysis in Dogs.

I recently reported on a study out of Australia that found an association between feeding raw chicken, infection with the bacterium Campylobacter, and a serious neurologic disease call Acute Polyradiculoneuritis (APN). Not surprisingly, advocates of raw diets are desperate to … Continue reading

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Yet Another Study Shows the Real Dangers of Raw Diets for Dogs

I have covered the raw diet issues since the very start of this blog, which is about nine years now. My articles on the subject are collected here. Very little has changed in my assessment of the evidence over this … Continue reading

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FDA Proposed Updated Regulation of Homeopathy- Time to Comment Again!

The wheels of government turn slowly, but they turn. Over the last several years, we’ve seen a number of governments around the world catch up to the science that shows homeopathy is worthless quackery. In Europe, the UK, and Australia, … Continue reading

Posted in Homeopathy, Law, Regulation, and Politics | 3 Comments

Trump Leading the Charge Against Science and Reality

The focus of this blog is science, and the role of science in medicine, especially veterinary medicine. However, politics, law, and other non-scientific fields are covered from time to time when they impact the core subjects of science and medicine.  … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Regulation, and Politics | 6 Comments

Colloidal Silver- Colorful Snake Oil but not Medicine

Introduction Colloidal silver illustrates many of the classic characteristics of quack alternative medicines. It has a history of mainstream use based on tradition and theory, but it was abandoned by science-based medicine in favor of safer and more effective treatments. … Continue reading

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Herbalists Apply for Medical Specialty Recognition- An Update

I have been covering the application of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (ACVBM) for recognition as a specialty in several posts throughout the year (1, 2). My conclusion is that this recognition is not justified for several reasons: … Continue reading

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British Veterinary Body (RCVS) Accepts the Reality about Homeopathy that AVMA Couldn’t- It’s Nonsense!

Regular readers night remember a few years back when I was involved in promoting a non-binding policy statement from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that would have acknowledged a simple and obvious principle: Vets should base their treatments on … Continue reading

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Alternative Medicine Kills Cancer Patients

One of the most dangerous aspects of unproven or ineffective alternative therapies is the harm to patients when these are used in place of scientific medicine. While most proponents of alternative therapies generally recommend them as an addition to conventional … Continue reading

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European Scientists Join Chorus of Government and Scientific Organizations Acknowledging the uselessness of Homeopathy

The evidence that homeopathy is ineffective for any and all medical problems and is nothing more than a placebo has grown steadily for over a century. Many reviews of the scientific research have been done, and despite hundreds of studies, … Continue reading

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American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) 2017 Canine Vaccination Guidelines

In previous discussions of vaccination recommendations, I have referenced several clinical guidelines that review the existing evidence and provide recommendations for vaccination. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) guidelines are quite extensive and … Continue reading

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