75% of Persons in the General Population Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Don’t Have It, But It Is Worse Than That…

In September 2016, Brian Walitt and I fell prey to what I have to call a hoax. We received an email from a journal inviting us to submit a commentary. Most of such invitations come from journals that are poorly rated or are frankly fraudulent in that their main purpose is to get authors to …

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Most Fibromyalgia Research is Worthless

Most Fibromyalgia Research is Worthless I make it a point to try to be aware of all fibromyalgia research that is published by using PubMed’s free subscription service (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/). I get to read all of the abstracts this way and if I find articles that are of special interest to me I try to download …

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THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE TRIGGER POINT EMPIRE

Below we publish Quintner, Bove and Cohen’s Response to Dommerholt and Gerwin: Did we miss the point? The  Dommerholt and Gerwin article is a reply to Quintner, Bove and Cohen’s important refutation of the trigger point concept. If you haven’t seen it, you should read it. It is a landmark in the trigger point debate. We publish this …

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A sharp critique of the fibromyalgia idea and the research that surrounds it

Dr. James Lampman has sent along a set of slides about fibromyalgia and his view about limitations of the fibromyalgia idea and research. It is well worth looking at, He writes “While I developed my findings as early as 2006, this year I did a more in-depth review of the claims of the FM research …

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Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) and Fibromyalgia

Montori and Guyatt in their recent article “Corruption of the Evidence as Threat and Opportunity for Evidence-Based Medicine” discuss some of the current concerns with EBM. They define EBM as “…conscientious, judicious, and explicit use of the best available evidence from clinical care research in making health care decisions …” They link EBM to two …

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“We are here to help each other to get through this thing, whatever it is.” –Mark Vonnegut (from abetternhs)

In an email, Nancy Ryan pointed me to a blog posting about empathy in the abetternhs blog. Not only was she right about that topic, but it introduced me to Jonathon Tomlinson’s extraordinary blog. As I read his work in the next few hours I came upon one posting called “How Doctors Respond to Chronic …

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From the Neuroskeptic blog

  Neuroskeptic is an important blog. A recent post addresses the publication process in science. You can read it also to understand how bad research gets published. We reviewers (and writers) don’t really know what to do with bad studies. Almost every bad study can get published somewhere. Fixing Science’s Chinese Wall By Neuroskeptic | December 21, …

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