6 responses

  1. Carol B
    January 24, 2023

    I am grateful for every small win.

    Have you been following the Center for Inquiry (CFI) actions with Chewy? Here is a link to their press release:



    • skeptvet
      January 25, 2023

      Yes, great effort over at CFI!


  2. art william malernee
    January 27, 2023

    The other thing we need to fix is either legalize kickbacks for all dvm and md or start enforcing existing law. Chewy has a app for vets that they use to get a kickback for sending a request to them for something the client cannot buy without a doctors ok. Chewy employees tell me they do not call it a kick back but a rewards program. Hedge funds are now buying up specialty practices and housecall practices. Nothing changes much for the house call practitioner except when they refer to the specialty practice they get a kickback because the hedge fund technically owns both the housecall and specialty practice.


  3. Rob Reidinger
    June 7, 2023

    My dog had osteosarcoma with a pathological fracture in his leg. My vet said it would not heal and his time to live was limited. I treated him with Tumexal and the fracture healed and the destructive lesion disappeared. He lived for two years before the cancer returned and took him. Dr Nyce gave me a lot of Tumexal for no charge after I spent quite a bit of money on it. He also said the reason this drug technology wasn’t pursued by Pharma (P53 tumor gene) was because the formula was all natural and could not be patented. Worthless to business people. If it was snake oil, why did my dog heal and become cancer free for two years?


    • skeptvet
      June 11, 2023

      I’m glad your dog did well, but it doesn’t show that this remedy worked. Lots of things can cause such a response, for spontaneous regression where the immune system is able to suppress the cancer (rare but certainly documented) to a misdiagnosis in the first place (did you have a bone biopsy?). If it was this easy to know what worked and what didn’t, we wouldn’t need scientific research and all the stuff in the past that we now know doesn’t work (bloodletting, magic rituals, horse dung poultices, etc.) would have been just as effective as anything we do now because such anecdotes exist for every medical treatment ever tried.

      The idea that no one can make money off of “natural” remedies is simply untrue. Herbal remedies and nutritional supplements are multi-billion dollar industries. And there is nothing “natural” about this concoction. It was manufactured as much as any drug, so if it worked it could absolutely have been patented and made this guy or someone else rich.

      Here are some detailed articles (and a bit of humor) explaining why anecdotes aren’t trustworthy, whether or not the people telling them are-

      Why Anecdotes Can’t be Trusted



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