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Speaking of evidence snobs , thi...

Posted Aug 24 2008 9:23am

Speaking of evidence snobs , this is from the TV movie … First Do No Harm (1997) about a family’s discovery of the ketogenic diet (a high-fat low-carb diet) for their severely-epileptic son:

DOCTOR The diet is not an approved treatment.

MOTHER But there have been a lot of studies.

DOCTOR Those studies are anecdotal, not the kind of studies we base sound medical judgment on. Not double-blind studies.

Later:

DOCTOR I assume you know all the evidence in favor of the ketogenic diet is anecdotal. There’s absolutely no scientific evidence this diet works.

The doctor prefers brain surgery. When the diet is tried, it works beautifully (as it often does in real life). “What could have gone so horribly wrong with this whole medical system?” the mother writes the father.

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