Feb 09 2011

Live Chat February 22

I was invited by Trine Tsouderos to take part in a live chat with the Chicago Tribune about alternative treatments for neurological disorders. This will take place on February 22, from 1-2pm Eastern time.

Trine is an excellent journalist who has been writing many hard-hitting science news stories. She clearly gets it and does not fall into the common trap of false balance. Her reporting has made her an enemy of the anti-vaccine loons, earning her a place in the infamous Age of Autism baby-eating photo.

Here is the official blurb for the event – the link below will take you to the official page, and when the event goes live you can click in to the chat from that page:

Chat topic: Alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s, ALS and other neurological diseases: Do they work?

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, MS, Parkinson’s or ALS is devastating. There are no cures. Mainline treatments are not miraculous. Desperate, many patients and their families turn to the world of alternative medicine for help. They spend thousands of dollars on (often cash-only) doctor visits and therapies, which are advertised with promises of improvement and relief. Some even promise a cure. But do these therapies work? What is the science behind them? Are they worth a try, or are they risky wastes of time and money? We’ll discuss all of this with Yale neurologist Dr. Steven Novella.


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