Is PCR considered a valid test?

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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Is PCR considered a valid test, because I was looking on the Quackwatch website and they list PCR.  I thought PCR was mainstream.  They probably jumped on it when it first came out and never took it off!
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   Posted 6/16/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
My PCR was the only test from IGenix that came back as officially positive. I asked my LLMD about it and he said that test doesn't lie.

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   Posted 6/16/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
The "doctor" who runs quackwatch has been sued. He isn't a practicing doctor (and his field of "expertise" is not physical medicine but rather psychiatry/psychology), apparently has made it a personal mission to speak out against any treatment other than pharmaceuticals, even bad-talks FDA approved treatments such as accupuncture for pain.
I wouldn't trust everything you read on quackwatch...look for independent verification. He likely has twisted the facts to support his viewpoint.

While it is true PCR is not a perfect test, technology has advanced since the first PCR tests were developed. Keep in mind, however, that a PCR test can only detect DNA that the test is specifically designed to look for -- this can still lead to false negatives. There are usually no false positives with PCR, though, so a positive result is pretty solid.
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