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Comment: Re:Well and good... but mines (Score 2) 31

by PRMan (#49268539) Attached to: Laser Imaging Drone To Hunt Out Unexploded Bombs In War-Torn Nations

They already have their low-tech ways.

A friend of mine said that in Afghanistan after the war with Russia, when they bought a new piece of land they would just let their sheep and goats graze all over it unattended for a few days. If one of them found a mine, they were dinner.

Comment: Re:Didn't you get the memo? (Score 2) 320

Actually, it is more and more the case. Scientists recently "voted" to accept the 65-million year dinosaur extinction. If you see how little evidence there is for that, it is scientifically untenable to perform science this way--as a political popularity contest.

Comment: Re:And if you find this result upsetting... (Score -1) 447

by PRMan (#49246509) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions

This is not entirely true. Drugs cannot be regulated by the FDA unless they have harmful side effects. They are not allowed to regulate things such as vitamins.

Is a vitamin medicine by your definition? After all vitamins treat all sorts of diseases such as beriberi, scurvy and rickets, despite not being "medicine" at all.

In the same way, there are effective nutritional supplements that prevent or treat diseases, but have no harmful side effects. Glucosamine/chondroitin has proven very effective in treating joint pains and injuries. But there are no regulations on it, because it has no harmful side effects. If your definition of "medicine" is only what drug companies produce, then you are incorrect.

All this said, most homeopathic medicine is complete bunk and those that aren't have had studies done as to their effectiveness, even if they have no harmful side effects.

Somebody's terminal is dropping bits. I found a pile of them over in the corner.