Yellow Journalism

Once the preserve of the red tops, the use of fake science and fake news stories is spreading to the broadsheets such as The Times. A recent example is the positing of positive thinking by Professor Paul Garner as a cure for Long-Covid, something of a medical scandal. See the illustration above. It uses aContinue reading “Yellow Journalism”

The Tyranny of Positive Thinking

Earlier posts here and here discussed recent claims in national newspapers and mainstream media that positive thinking may be a cure for Long-Covid. Similar claims have been made previously for cancer and for MECFS but these claims are unsupported by scientific evidence. Anecdotes by vocal advocates receive disproportionate publicity compared to the more reasoned researchContinue reading “The Tyranny of Positive Thinking”

The Evidence Pyramid

The traditional evidence pyramid remains a useful heuristic device for evaluating scientific evidence in medicine and health care. The highest quality evidence in the top two levels of the pyramid is the most difficult to process. The lowest quality of evidence at the bottom two levels of the pyramid is the easiest to process. ThisContinue reading “The Evidence Pyramid”

Trash Science of Positive Thinking

So here we have it in The Times: the re-arrival of that great cliché of pseudo-psychology, Positive Thinking. The ‘wearied souls in the pandemic’s wake’ will become a lot more weary after the Trash Science of Positive Thinking has taken its toll. Victim-blaming, gaslighting and the ‘all-in-the-mind’ philosophy of lazy doctors will become the mainstayContinue reading “Trash Science of Positive Thinking”

Insights from ME/CFS May Help Unravel the Pathogenesis of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome

New paper by: Anthony L. Komaroff 1 and W. Ian Lipkin 2 1 Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’sHospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA2 Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, ColumbiaUniversity, New York, NY Available here from 7 June 2021 Journal Pre-proofDOI: Citation: A.L. Komaroff andContinue reading “Insights from ME/CFS May Help Unravel the Pathogenesis of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome”

Can Long-Covid be Cured with the Mind: Expert Patient or Nutty Professor?

Guest authored by Dr. Keith Geraghty I am a research fellow working from the University of Manchester Centre for Primary Care. A major focus of my work is on medically unexplained symptoms and illness. I promote evidence-based medicine and psychology, so like a detective, I spend a lot of my time discerning ‘good’ and ‘bad’Continue reading “Can Long-Covid be Cured with the Mind: Expert Patient or Nutty Professor?”