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Post hoc ergo propter hoc?

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on February 10, 2009

Stories like this make us feel good, hell they even make these into movies. But how much of this is real? How much is just retrofitting? I don’t know and I will actually refrain from voicing an opinion, as I don’t think we have enough information.

The one thing that’s missing, that makes me very suspicious, is interviews with the doctors that were actually treating the kid. Why are the baffled doctors not contacted by the press? They went to the kid’s teacher, but not his doctor? Sure they went to some doctor who is going to study these supplements, but from what he said it does not sound like he was the baffled doctor who was treating the kid.

Something smells here. Was the journalist too afraid they may actually say something to deflate his wonderful story? I’ll leave that up to you to decide. As far as I am concerned the solution sounds too simplistic. He misses 2 aminoacids, give him a few pill containing them and problem solved. On the other hand it is true that sometimes the most obvious solution escapes us, so I guess I will keep the door open to that possibility. But boy, this story has all the red flags of quackery in action if you ask me.

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