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 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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If the Wikipedia page for a treatment sports the warning “appears to be written like an advertisement,” that’s a bright red flag about its validity. Same with the “needs additional citations” warning. I’ve come across this many times over the years, but here’s the good example I noticed this morning: Extracorporeal shockwave therapy [Wikipedia].

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