Blog en Sante: un blog sur l'efficacité des interventions non médicamenteuses, par Gregory Ninot

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Welcome to the Blog in Health

Why this blog?

Non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) and health prevention programs vary greatly in terms of efficacy and cost-benefits. This wide range of results generates persistent –sometimes intentional– confusion and misconceptions, which can mislead people made vulnerable by a medical condition. Blog in Health reviews the most rigorous studies focusing on children, adults and diseased people, to distinguish between accurate and false information and to make objective results available to all.

Blog in Health, or Blog en Sante in French, presents the bottom line results of clinical studies on the efficacy of Non-Pharmacological Interventions (NPIs) and health prevention programs, obtained through the use of rigorous Randomized Control Trial (RCT) methodology. The blog provides article summaries, and review medical society opinions and government health authority recommendations. Each of our reviews describes a published scientific and medical fact; reading the original article is also recommended. Topic selection is based on relevance and on the quality of the methodology used in the study. To help readers, concept definitions are provided in the Glossary section. According to the editorial charter of the blog, the opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author.

In accordance with our editorial charter, any comment posted on this blog attempting to steer readers away from conventional medicine or to deter them from following the advice of their physician will be deleted.

The Author

Gregory Ninot is a Professor at University of Montpellier. He is the Executive Director of Platform CEPS, a scientific hub monitoring clinical studies of non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) and health programs. Finally, he is a member of the Groupe Fontalvie Research Committee. Pr. Ninot holds a PhD degree in Sports Sciences applied to Health and a Master’s degree in Psychology. He has spent the last 20 years working on the evaluation of the efficacy of health prevention and rehabilitation strategies for people affected by chronic diseases. He has published more than 110 articles in international scientific and medical journals, 8 books and 16 book chapters.

The idea for this blog stems from his passion for reading key scientific and medical research articles, and from his desire to share information with the general public which would otherwise remain within the realm of university programs, conferences and scientific journals.

Mission of this Blog

Editorial Line

Blog in Health’s mission is to shed light on interventional studies evidencing the efficacy of non-pharmacological interventions (NPIs) and health prevention programs. In other words, it aims to make the practical results (operable means, procedures) – rather than the mechanisms (processes) – of research published in international scientific and medical journals accessible and available to all.

The Blog offers information on modifiable health behaviors gathered from cohort studies. Therefore, Blog in Health cannot address specific issues relating to personal cases. Personal questions must be directed to healthcare professionals. Nothing can replace a consultation with your doctor. For any emergency, call 112 in Europe and 911 in the United States and Canada.

Free Expression

Blog in Health represents the opinion of Professor Gregory Ninot, a researcher and university scholar who has spent the last 20 years working on health prevention and the rehabilitation of chronically ill patients. The author intends to popularize a rapidly-expanding area of research often confined to specialized journals and which uses – mostly English-language – obscure terminology. Avoiding technical jargon whenever possible, the author highlights behavioral, RCT-based biological and technological innovations with a proven efficacy on health and quality of life. Blog in Health has no commercial aim.

Topic selection is based on relevance and on the quality of the methodology used to prove the efficacy of an NPI or of a health prevention program. The blog does not mean to provide exhaustive information. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the author.

Blog in Health’s Objectives

– Highlight scientific and medical evidence for the fact that we can take action to improve our health and our quality of life in several areas: our diet, physical activity, sleep, leisure moments, thoughts and emotions, social relationships, work and home environment, – Encourage blog guests to consult the original articles at the source of our reviews, – Draw the public’s attention to the risks involved in complementary and alternative medicine practices which are not based upon rigorous interventional research, – Provide information about health programs for children, adults and the chronically ill. – Prevent confusion between the results of satisfaction surveys and those of treatment efficacy studies, – Provide an exchange and discussion platform for health and health prevention issues, – Foster dialogue with doctors and other healthcare and health prevention professionals, – Create a health reflex among individuals and their loved ones, – Educate the general public on the benefits, limitations and conditions inherent in health innovations, – Motivate individuals to participate in interventional studies to protect future generations,

– Inform the general public on the research and concepts of behavorial, predictive and integrative medicine, of lifestyle sciences and positive health research.



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Acupuncture, Electronic Cigarettes, Massage Therapy, Drugs, Mindfulness, Osteopathy, Psychotherapy, Thalassotherapy, etc.



Physical Activity, Home Medical Equipment, Physiotherapy, Equipment, Osteopathy, Rehab, Virtual Reality, eHealth Equipment, etc.



Dietary Supplements, Nutrition Advice, Dieting, etc.



Support Groups, Therapeutic Retreats, Expert Patient Programs, Case Management, etc.



Health Education, Therapeutic Education, Group Meetings, Serious Games, Psychotherapy, Rehab, Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, etc



Blog in Health is designed for people who care about their health, and more particularly, who seek evidence for the efficacy of therapeutic or prevention innovations; they may be (listed in alphabetical order): – Administrative Personnel – Decision-makers – Educators – Students – The general public interested in health issues and in aging well – Journalists – Doctors – People affected by chronic diseases – The loved ones of patients – Health education professionals – Health prevention professionals – Healthcare professionals

– Social workers

Blog Posts


Blog in Health posts reviews and summaries of original studies, article reviews, medical society opinions and health authority recommendations. Each post mentions the original document source and encourages its consultation. The original article may be accessed via the link to the scientific journal provided in the Blog post, or via a general (e.g., Google) or specialized (e.g., PubMed) search engine.

Knowledge Based on Medical and Scientific Evidence

Blog in Health highlights the ways in which we can improve our health and our quality of life. The summaries in our posts are based on scientific facts – not just any facts – reported in human studies evidencing our ability to actively manage our health and our autonomy, our quality of life, and to make significant lifestyle changes. Positive change can be achieved via slight, non-constraining behavior modifications requiring a bit of will and persistence.

Relying on Evidence-based Medicine

Blog in Health aims to extend the work of David Servan-Schreiber by giving it a sound, legitimate scientific basis. The Blog reviews high-evidence level interventional studies published in top medical and scientific journals. It encourages readers to adopt behaviors which efficacy on health and quality of life has been proven in studies meeting the stringent specifications of Evidence-based Medicine. Blog in Health also advises readers to go beyond popular and Internet-spread preconceived ideas and to refer to actual opinions and recommendations issued by medical societies and health authorities.

Exercising Caution When Efficacy Has not Been Proved

Basing this blog on the strongest evidence for efficacy speaks to the seriousness of our approach – particularly in a domain where many abuses are possible. While the exponential development of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) is helping to resolve many issues, all so-called therapeutic and prevention innovations still fail to use them. This does not mean that such innovations have no effect on health or quality of life; they may well benefit certain individuals. It does mean, however, that questions remain as to their efficacy, side effects, usefulness and administration requirements. This places limitations upon their use by the general population, their reach, and their reimbursement by healthcare agencies – an important concern for manufacturers and patients.

Author and publisher of an original article commented in this blog

Articles of Blog in Health are written by an academic professor whose mission is to teach and research. The blog makes aware the general public, healthcare professionals, researchers and policymakers to the non-pharmacological intervention research. It has no commercial activity.

The goal of the blog is to encourage studies using the highest methodology standard to assess the efficacy of non-pharmacological interventions. This standard is the only criterion for selecting research commented. Reading Data sheets promote and encourage the consultation of sources and exchanges with the authors of the research. No diagram or table, or detailed results of statistical analysis of the original document will appear in a blog post. Any quotation is put in quotation marks and specifies the original document. Each blog post indicates the exact reference of the source document reviewed, the official website of the scientific journal that published (or, where applicable, the medical society or health authority) and its direct hypertext link to the Pubmed abstract (or, where applicable, the medical society or the health authority). This allows the Blog in Health reader to acquire the source document according to the law in force and personal access conditions.

Any author or editor of a source document has been the subject of a blog article may apply for correction or removal by email.

Error Disclaimer

We do our very best to insure that the information provided on this site is accurate. Please report any residual errors via email. However, the publishers of Blog in Health cannot be held liable, in any way whatsoever, for the consequences arising out of the use of the information provided on this site.


Commenting is not Debating

The « Leave a Comment » section at the end of each Blog in Health post is provided so readers may clarify, assess, or argue points within the specific context of the post’s topic. Comments are published under the exclusive authority of the Blog’s author, who may select moderators and delegate his authority to them. Moderators are not required to justify their editing choices, nor to warn commenters about them.

Comments: Content Requirements

Blog in Health is predicated on the belief that conventional medicine is the primary recourse to prevent and treat diseases. Any comment posted on this blog attempting to steer readers away from conventional medicine, or to deter them from following the advice of their physician will be deleted.

The goal of comment moderation is to prevent abuses in the comments section. In no way does it constitute censorship. The following is strictly prohibited:

– Illegal statements (exhortations to ethnic hatred, homophobia or violence, historical revisionism or negationism)

– Pornography, pedophilia, obscenities and profanity,

– Agressive or violent statements against other commenters or the author of the blog,

– Identical or similar messages aiming to saturate the blog,

– Personal offenses, insults, attacks on the dignity and the privacy of other commenters,

– Personal offenses, insults, attacks on the dignity and the privacy of private or public individuals not involved in this blog,

– Mob behavior led by several commenters against another,

– Intentional usurpation of an existing pseudonym (user name),

– Entering an invalid email address to conceal a commenter’s identity (email addresses are not published)

– Messages intended to direct readers towards other websites,

– Commercial and advertising messages,

– Comments which do not respect the spirit of the discussion or the topic of the post,

– Plagiarism of entire press articles, posts from other blogs or editorial content from other websites,

– Re-using comments posted on other forums,

– Messages or excerpts from articles written in a foreign language which would prevent the assessment of their conformity with the blog’s charter requirements,

– Links provided without explanation or personal comment (commenters must provide more than a mere quotation of the information the links point to).

Commenting: Form Requirements

Comments should not include nominal information (name, first name, email address, category). Only the text of each comment will be published.

Blog in Health validates comments written in concise, specific and respectful language. The use of abusive abbreviations, offensive language and all capital letters will lead to the deletion of the comment. Comments without punctuation or paragraph will also be deleted. Emphasis formatting options (such as Bold and Italics) should be used sparingly, as should links and quotes. Comments written in phonetic symbols will be excluded.

Intentionally re-posting a moderated comment without making the requested changes to its form and content may result in the author being temporarily banned from commenting.

Maximum comment length is automatically set to 2,000 characters. This limit may be modified, depending on site traffic. Comments attempting to exceed this limit via the use of a technical device will automatically be truncated. Successive comments posted sequentially to intentionally override this limit may, in case of abuse, be subject to moderation.

In case of heavy traffic, these provisions may be temporarily suspended; comments are then subject to automatic moderation. Similarly, comments including too many hyperlinks or containing contentious wording remain subject to prior validation regardless of their author.

Data Protection Rights

The information collected by Blog in Health from commenters or subscribers to the bi-monthly Newsletter (last name, first name, email address, and reader category – general public, health professional, researcher, decision-maker) is stored on the blog’s server and is not used for any other purpose that those of the Blog. In accordance with French Data Protection Rights legislation (loi “informatique et libertés” du 6 janvier 1978, modifiée en 2004), you have the right to access and amend your records. You may exercise this right by emailing us.

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Support for this Blog

Support for this blog comes from the endowment fund of the Fontalvie Institute, which mission is to foster the development of knowledge and of scientific and medical research on aging and the amelioration of the quality of life of people affected by chronical illness. If you wish to contribute to the development of Blog in Health, please email.

To reference this Blog en Sante © article

Ninot G (2014). The Blog in Health. Blog en Sante, L0.

© Copyright 2014 Grégory Ninot. All rights reserved.

Thanks to Syl Billere for the English Revision