Arguments against antibiotic use. A few amongst very many

You have “an overgrowth” of a "bad" bacteria, so I am prescribing antibiotics to kill it". Is this something your doctor has told you that you have? Have they offered antibiotics as the solution? Did they run any tests to prove their assertion? If so compared to what is your bacterial population unhealthy? How do [...]

Pathology labs are utterly useless

Pathology labs are so utterly useless, it was quite disturbing to discover out how bad they are, repeatedly and in so many ways for so many types of tests. When I first got back from Africa convinced I had been successful infecting myself with hookworm, because of multiple rashes and a night of violent coughing, [...]

Reading academic papers

Finding papers to read There are many ways to find academic papers. As well as using your favourite internet search engine, there are many indexes of medical and biological papers with effective search functions. Pubmed is by far the most popular and very comprehensive, maintained by the NIH, part of the US federal government, thank you. Indexation by Pubmed does [...]

Why ova counts are worthless for measuring helminth population

Egg counts were once commonly used to estimate helminth populations in infected humans, and more commonly in animals. They were used to determine whether or not a treatment to kill the helminths, a process called helminth therapy, was appropriate. Before modern anti-helminthics in particular treatment was very unpleasant, and quite dangerous, so treatment was far more dangerous in [...]