Why basic critical thinking is quite important when it comes to repurposed medications

Pictured: Japan, according to the stock photo search results. Source:

In the seemingly endless online discussion about ivermectin, a repurposed anti-parasitic medication that is proposed as a treatment for Covid-19, people have started passionately arguing about Japan. At first, this may seem like something of a non-sequitur, because Japan, like many other nations,

A wonderful tale of conflicting headlines

Most of the stock photo results for “fasting” are pizza, which is kind of weird. Source:

If you’ve been reading the diet news recently, you’ll have seen a huge amount of hubbub over intermittent fasting (IF), the dietary regimen where, shockingly, you eat less food.

Why alcohol is probably still bad for your health

Pictured: Delicious. Source:

Every few months we see the same headline come around. There are variations — themes on the original, slight divergences from the main idea — but the essential story sounds the same. The media reports that “Moderate drinking will save your life!”.

And, of course, because we all love a…

Why vitamin D probably won’t reduce your risk of death to 0%

Pictured: Stock photo results for “vitamins”. Some herbs, some pills, what’s not to love! Source:

Vitamin D is pretty contentious. If you’ve ever written about the glorious sun vitamin before, you’ll know that people are strangely passionate about it to an extent that you’ll rarely see in any arena other than sports. …

The only remaining randomized trial that found a benefit for ivermectin on Covid-19 mortality has serious issues

Pictured: Probably not ivermectin, but a great photo nonetheless. Source:

This is part 5 in what appears to be a deep well of research issues underpinning the entire evidence-base for ivermectin and Covid-19. . . . .

This part talks about a study that has also been investigated…

The story of ivermectin for Covid-19 continues to get even more worrisome

Pictured: Probably not ivermectin. I’m still loving the results for “ivermectin” from stock photo websites. Source:

This is part 4 in what appears to be a deep well of research issues underpinning the entire evidence-base for ivermectin and Covid-19. . . . The study discussed here is also .

When I started looking…

Why the pandemic has hit low-income places so hard

A surprising number of the stock photo results for “global health” are literally people holding globes. Source:

Throughout the pandemic, one of the hardest things to pin down has been the death rate of Covid-19. It seems simple — you just take your number of deaths and divide by cases — but in practice, we know that there are many and will never…

What do we do when science fails us?

Pictured: stock photo results for fraud are very…literal. Source:

Note: this article is about a paper that colleagues and I recently published in Nature Medicine. You can find the scientific paper here:

As you’ll no doubt have noticed if you’ve been following me for the last few months, there’s a big problem in the scientific literature. After a…

Yet more worrisome issues in the ivermectin literature calls into question why people started promoting the drug at all for Covid-19

Pictured: Pills. Probably not ivermectin, but a much nicer picture than the stock photos of the actual drug I could find. Source:

This is part 3 in what appears to be a deep well of research issues underpinning the entire evidence-base for ivermectin and Covid-19. . .

Shortly before publication, the journal that published the study in question retracted the paper to correct it. It was…

Another tale of potential fraud in the ivermectin literature

This is part 2 in what appears to be a deep well of fraud underpinning the entire evidence-base for ivermectin and Covid-19. .

Also, much of this is based on work by Dr. Kyle Sheldrick, .

Pictured: More stock photo results for ‘ivermectin’ that probably aren’t ivermectin. Source:

Most research is…

Gideon M-K; Health Nerd

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