Search Results for: stem cells

Stem Cell Therapy– Still an Uncontrolled Experiment on our Pets

Dr. Steven Novella at Science-Based Medicine recently posted about a publication from the International Society for Stem Cell Research which cautions people seeking stem cell therapies that most such treatments are unproven and experimental. This is an especially compelling advisory … Continue reading

Posted in Science-Based Veterinary Medicine | 11 Comments

Veterinary Stem Cell “Research” — Is This the Best We Can Do?

As I discussed in a previous post, the call for a reliance on sound evidence in veterinary medicine resonates less strongly that we might hope because of the paucity of such evidence. Financial resources are the main limiting factor in … Continue reading

Posted in Science-Based Veterinary Medicine | 27 Comments

SkeptVet’s Acupuncture Adventure- Part 4: Spinal Cord Injury

Introduction This lecture had surprisingly little information about acupuncture itself. It began with a review of the pathophysiology of spinal cord injury and the typical steps for evaluating and stabilizing patients presenting with acute spinal cord injury. Most of the … Continue reading

Posted in Acupuncture | Leave a comment

Is Cancer Caused by Bad Luck?

Why Ask Why? There are many reasons people are interested in the causes of cancer in pets. On a purely emotional level, it is natural to ask “Why?” when something terrible happens, such as the diagnosis of cancer in a … Continue reading

Posted in General | 4 Comments

Veterinary Arthritis Treatments

Over the couple of years of producing this blog, I have written about many different subjects. Some have come up repeatedly, and because they represent common and important issues, I thought it might be useful to collect related posts I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Topic-Based Summaries | 54 Comments

Should we be Vaccinating Dogs at Acupuncture Points?

A couple of recent articles by acupuncturists have suggested that giving vaccines at acupuncture points may be more effective than giving them in other locations. This is clearly an attempt to demonstrate the serious, scientific legitimacy of acupuncture. However, there … Continue reading

Posted in Acupuncture | 6 Comments

A Detailed, Evidence-based response to Petco’s Ban on “Artificial” Food Ingredients

Here is an article from Veterinary Practice News responding to the ridiculous marketing ploy by Petco declaring a ban on “artificial” food ingredients. Since the late 1980s, individuals and organizations have been trying to warn the public about a deadly … Continue reading

Posted in Nutrition | 18 Comments

Who’s Behind the The Truth About Pet Cancer?

I have been asked several times in the last few months to evaluate a new series of videos called The Truth About Pet Cancer. I actually purchased the full transcript of this series and am in the process of investigating … Continue reading

Posted in General | 22 Comments

Lysine for Feline Herpesvirus: A Therapeutic Zombie

Introduction Science is a process for developing and refining our understanding of nature over time. The work of a community of scientists, often with vigorous competition and conflict between individuals, gradually improves the accuracy of our understanding. Perfect comprehension of … Continue reading

Posted in Herbs and Supplements | 7 Comments

More Vets Passionately Promoting the Delusion of Homeopathy

I’ve written at length about homeopathy: the evidence that it is has no real effects; the reasons why the evidence homeopaths cite to support it isn’t convincing; and the dangerous and irresponsible things homeopaths often claim about their magic water … Continue reading

Posted in Homeopathy | 4 Comments