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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his World Mercury Project: Antivaccine, NOT “ fiercely pro-vaccine ”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. claims that he is "fiercely pro-vaccine." His words and actions say otherwise, for instance his Indiegogo campaign to raise money to promote antivaccine misinformation. The post Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his World Mercury Project: Antivaccine, NOT “fiercely pro-vaccine” appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 15, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices CDC Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Deadly Immunity fda featured Indiegogo Post-licensure Rapid Immunization Safety Mo Source Type: blogs

Florida: A paradise for dubious stem cell clinics
Many are the stem cell clinics that hype their product as basically a magical cure for whatever ails you like so many used car salesmen deploying the hard sell. Florida seems to be the paradise where these poorly regulated clinics ply their unethical trade. The post Florida: A paradise for dubious stem cell clinics appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 13, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Autism Bad science Politics Pseudoscience Quackery featured Florida Jeffrey Weiss Lung Institute MD Stem Cells Regenocyte Stem Cell Ophthalmology Treatment Study Source Type: blogs

The quackery of “ naturopathic oncology ” is metastasizing
"Integrating" naturopathic care with real medicine started out largely in academic medical centers. Unfortunately, the cancer of integrative oncology appears to be metastasizing to community hospitals. The post The quackery of “naturopathic oncology” is metastasizing appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 12, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Integrative medicine Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking FABNO featured naturopathic oncology not a doctor Source Type: blogs

The Pathological Optimist: When “ not taking sides ” over Andrew Wakefield means taking a side
The Pathological Optimist is a recently released documentary by Miranda Bailey about Andrew Wakefield that I got a chance to see. In interviews and in the film’s promotional materials, Bailey takes great pains to emphasize that she “doesn’t take a side” about Wakefield. Unfortunately, her film demonstrates that, when it comes to pseudoscience, “not taking a side” is taking a side, and that a film’s bias is often more evident in what is not shown and told than in what is. The post The Pathological Optimist: When “not taking sides” over Andrew Wakefield means taking a sid...
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 11, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Movies Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Religion Andrew Wakefield Brian Deer Miranda Bailey The Pathological Optimist vaccines Source Type: blogs

Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop double down on quackery by featuring an HIV/AIDS denialist and antivaccine quack at its upcoming Goop Summit
Earlier this year, Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop held a quackfest in New York City. Well, the second in Goop Health quackfest is coming in January, and Goop is doubling down on the quackery by featuring Dr. Kelly Brogan, HIV/AIDS denialist and antivaccine and anti-psychiatry quack. The post Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop double down on quackery by featuring an HIV/AIDS denialist and antivaccine quack at its upcoming Goop Summit appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 8, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Cancer Medicine Popular culture Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking AIDS coffee enemas depression featured German New Medicine Goop Gwyneth Paltrow HIV HIV/AIDS denialism in Goop Health Kelly Brogan Source Type: blogs

Lowering the bar for traditional Chinese medicine for ideology and profit
In the 1950s, Chairman Mao Zedong began the "integration" of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into real medicine. Last year, the Chinese government passed a bill to promote the sale of TCM products. This. year, we see what that means. The post Lowering the bar for traditional Chinese medicine for ideology and profit appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 7, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Politics Quackery acupuncture Chairman Mao China featured Mao Zedong traditional Chinese medicine Source Type: blogs

Professor Christopher Exley: The latest darling of the antivaccine movement
Last week, I told Christopher Shaw to move over, because there was a new antivaccine scientist in town. This week, Christopher Exley speaks and proves why it's correct to call him antivaccine. The post Professor Christopher Exley: The latest darling of the antivaccine movement appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 6, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Bad science Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking Albert Dwoskin aluminum Children's Medical Safety Research Institute Christina England Christopher Exley Claire Dwoskin CMSRI featured Pour des vaccins sans alu Source Type: blogs

Integrating pseudoscience and mysticism into oncology in bastions of evidence-based medicine
Last week, I commented on the inability of the Society for Integrative Oncology to define what integrative oncology actually is. This week, I note the proliferation of the quackery of integrative oncology in places that should be rigorously science-based, namely NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers. The post Integrating pseudoscience and mysticism into oncology in bastions of evidence-based medicine appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 4, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Medicine Quackery featured National Cancer Institute NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center quackademic medicine society for integrative oncology Source Type: blogs

Quoth the antivaxer: “ Vaccination is a religion. ” Quoth Orac: “ Nice projection, there. ”
Levi Quackenboss is one of the more oblivious and obtuse antivaxers out there. She demonstrates this again with a clumsy post comparing vaccination to religion. The post Quoth the antivaxer: “Vaccination is a religion.” Quoth Orac: “Nice projection, there.” appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - December 1, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Quackery contamination featured Levi Quackenboss religion ritual purification vaccines Source Type: blogs

Christopher Exley: Using bad science to demonize aluminum adjuvants in vaccines
Move over, Christopher Shaw, there's a new antivaccine scientist dedicated to demonizing aluminum adjuvants in town. His name is Christopher Exley. He's got a fluorescence microscope, and he's not afraid to use it to demonize aluminum. The post Christopher Exley: Using bad science to demonize aluminum adjuvants in vaccines appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 29, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Pseudoscience aluminum brain Christopher Exley featured fluorescence microscopy lumogallion Oxford Brain Bank transversely heated atomic absorption spectroscopy vaccines Source Type: blogs

The Nobel Disease strikes again: Luc Montagnier goes full antivax, with a little help from Henri Joyeux
"Nobel disease" is a term designed to describe whatever it is that drives some Nobel laureates to embrace pseudoscience or quackery later in their careers. One of its most prominent victims, Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, recently demonstrated that he's still suffering from Nobel disease when he laid down a barrage of antivaccine pseudoscience in Paris earlier this month. The post The Nobel Disease strikes again: Luc Montagnier goes full antivax, with a little help from Henri Joyeux appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 28, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Pseudoscience Quackery adjuvant aluminum Andrew Wakefield Brigitte Autran featured Henri Joyeux Luc Montagnier Nobel Disease Pierre and Marie Curie Faculty of Medicine sids sudden infant death syndro Source Type: blogs

Defining “ integrative oncology ” and failing
Earlier this month, the Society for Integrative Oncology published an article attempting to define what “integrative oncology” is. The definition, when it isn’t totally vague, ignores the pseudoscience at the heart of integrative oncology and medicine. The post Defining “integrative oncology” and failing appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 27, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Integrative medicine Quackery featured integrative oncology society for integrative oncology Source Type: blogs

Yet another clickbait testimonial manipulates emotions to make cancer quackery appear effective
Cancer quackery, particularly the false hope it engenders in cancer patients, infuriates me. Earlier this week The Sun published an article suggesting that a form of quackery called the Berkson protocol allowed a mother with metastatic pancreatic cancer to survive unexpectedly long enough to see her daughter married. It almost certainly did nothing of the sort. The post Yet another clickbait testimonial manipulates emotions to make cancer quackery appear effective appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 24, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Medicine Popular culture Quackery ALA-LDN protocol alpha-lipoic acid alternative cancer cures Arthur Berkson Berkson protocol Burton Berkson featured low dose naltrexone pancreatic cancer testimonial Source Type: blogs

Did a gadolinium contrast agent used for MRIs “ poison ” Chuck Norris ’ wife Gena?
Earlier this month, Chuck Norris and his wife Gena filed a lawsuit against manufacturers of MRI contrast agents, claiming that the gadolinium in them had "poisoned" Gena. But did it? The evidence linking gadolinium with the symptoms Gena Norris suffered is, even under the most generous interpretation, quite shaky, and there is no doubt that she has been victimized by quacks. The post Did a gadolinium contrast agent used for MRIs “poison” Chuck Norris’ wife Gena? appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 22, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Bruce Fong Chuck Norris featured gadolinium gadolinium-based contrast agent GBCA Gena Norris magnetic resonance imaging MRI nephrogenic fibrosing dermo Source Type: blogs

The FDA cracks down on quack stem cell clinics … or does it?
Last week, the FDA released final regulatory guidance regarding freestanding stem cell clinics. The new regulatory framework appears custom-made to allow the FDA to crack down on quack stem cell clinics. But will it? The post The FDA cracks down on quack stem cell clinics…or does it? appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 21, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery adipose-derived stem cells clinical trials fda featured Scott Gottlieb Source Type: blogs

Why do some breast cancer patients decline chemotherapy and radiation?
Adjuvant therapy after surgery, such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and radiation therapy, has contributed to a 39% decrease in breast cancer mortality since 1989. Unfortunately, a significant number of women decline evidence-based adjuvant therapy. A recent study suggests that distrust of the medical system plays a significant role in such refusal. The post Why do some breast cancer patients decline chemotherapy and radiation? appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 20, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking Surgery adjuvant breast cancer chemotherapy radiation therapy Source Type: blogs

Dr. David Brownstein fought Shingrix, and Shingrix won
Dr. David Brownstein is a "holistic" family practice physician in my area. Consistent with being "holistic," he is antivaccine to the core. That's why he's unhappy with the recent CDC recommendation that adults over 50 receive the new shingles vaccine. He thinks he's found a clever argument to show it doesn't work. Unfortunately, his argument only reveals his bias and misunderstanding. The post Dr. David Brownstein fought Shingrix, and Shingrix won appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 17, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Homeopathy Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking chickenpox clinical trial David Brownstein GlaxoSmithKline number needed to treat ozone Peter Lipson shingles Shingrix vaccines va Source Type: blogs

The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 26: “ No, I ’ m not an ‘ vaccine safety ’ advocate ”
Many are the antivaxers who claim they aren't antivaccine. Few are the antivaxers who are honest enough to openly proclaim they are antivaccine. The post The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 26: “No, I’m not an ‘vaccine safety’ advocate” appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 16, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense History Medicine Pseudoscience Helsinki Declaration informed consent Jake Crosby Laura Hayes misinformed consent Nuremberg Code vaccines Source Type: blogs

The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 26: Hating on those who won ’ t let their antivax freak flag fly high
Many are the antivaxers who claim they aren't antivaccine. Few are the antivaxers who are honest enough to openly proclaim they are antivaccine. The post The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 26: Hating on those who won’t let their antivax freak flag fly high appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 16, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery antivaccine tropes featured Jake Crosby Laura Hayes vaccines Source Type: blogs

Charlie Goldsmith: A new celebrity quack arises, enabled by TLC
Two years ago, I took note of an "energy healer" named Charlie Goldsmith and an incredibly poor "clinical trial" being touted as evidence of his healing abilities. It now turns out that Goldsmith is following a trail blazed by celebrity psychic Tyler Henry and has his own TV show on TLC. His claims are no more plausible or supported by evidence now than they were then. The post Charlie Goldsmith: A new celebrity quack arises, enabled by TLC appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 15, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Physics Quackery energy healing featured healing touch Reiki therapeutic touch TLC Tyler Henry Source Type: blogs

Do angioplasties and coronary stenting improve symptoms in patients with angina?
Last week, the results of ORBITA were published. This clinical trial tested coronary angioplasty and stenting versus optimal medical management in patients with single-vessel coronary artery disease. It was a resoundingly negative trial, meaning that adding stenting to drug management didn’t result in detectable clinical improvement. What was distinctive about this trial is that it used a sham procedure (i.e., placebo) control, which few trials testing surgery or a procedure use. The results of ORBITA emphasize how important sham procedure controls are, whenever they can be ethically used, and how resistant physician...
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 13, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Medicine angina angioplasty coronary artery bypass graft ORBITA percutaneous coronary intervention stent Source Type: blogs

The Mayor of Algonac responds to a hepatitis A outbreak by promoting antivaccine pseudoscience
Southeast Michigan is currently in the midst of a hepatitis A outbreak that started in August 2016. In Algonac, a small town in the Thumb region, the mayor decided to help a restaurant whose business suffered when one of its new staff members under training caught hepatitis A. Unfortunately, the form that help took was to host an antivaccine propaganda meeting. The post The Mayor of Algonac responds to a hepatitis A outbreak by promoting antivaccine pseudoscience appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 10, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Algonac Algonac Flaming Grill Eileen Tesch featured hepatitis A Michigan Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Tara Nikolao Source Type: blogs

“ Vaccine Awareness Week, ” misinformed consent, and, of course, Nazis and eugenics
Orac is back, and what does he encounter upon his return? Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the Orwellian-named antivaccine propaganda organization, the National Vaccine Information Center, pontificating about "informed consent" and vaccines. What she really means is misinformed consent to refuse vaccines, as in consent based on misinformation, pseudoscience, and fear mongering about vaccines. Naturally, she can't resist bringing in Nazis as well. The post “Vaccine Awareness Week,” misinformed consent, and, of course, Nazis and eugenics appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - November 8, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Pseudoscience Quackery Barbara Loe Fisher eugenics featured informed consent misinformed consent National Vaccine Information Center Nazi Nuremberg Code Vaccine Awareness Week Source Type: blogs

The old Respectful Insolence is dead. Long live the new Respectful Insolence!
What the title says. The old ScienceBlogs version of Respectful Insolence is dead. (Well, not quite, but it soon will be.) This new independent version of Respectful Insolence now rises in its place. The post The old Respectful Insolence is dead. Long live the new Respectful Insolence! appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 31, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Announcements Medicine Source Type: blogs

A quick update on the migration to a new domain
The migration of Respectful Insolence to a new host and domain continues apace. Here's the latest news on when you can expect RI to be up and running again. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 23, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Announcements Blog housekeeping Medicine Source Type: blogs

The future home of Respectful Insolence …
…is right here. Right now, Orac is busily transferring content from the old blog to this shiny new location. Regular readers can probably tell, given that as of today there is currently nowhere near twelve years worth of material here. When I’m ready to turn turn out the lights at the old blog completely and make this the new official home of that Respectful (and not-so-Respectful) Insolence that only Orac can lay down, I’ll post an announcement both here and at the old blog. I expect that it will be several days, if not a couple of weeks, before that […] The post The future home of Respectful Ins...
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 18, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Announcements Source Type: blogs

A change is gonna come. Respectful Insolence is moving.
Here is an important announcement about the future of this blog. Read it, learn it, love it. Orac is going somewhere, but he's not going anywhere. Yes, RI is moving and changing but staying mostly the same. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 17, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Announcements Blog housekeeping Medicine Source Type: blogs

And the box of blinky lights has arrived in Manchester for QEDCon
As you probably noticed, I didn’t manage a post yesterday. Nor did I manage one today, other than this. That’s because I was busy preparing for QEDCon, where I will be on a panel and giving a talk, and, of course, putting together my talk. As I write this, I’m horrendously jet lagged; so I probably couldn’t write much that’s coherent anyway. Consequently, there likely won’t be any new posts until next week. I will take a moment, however, to mention that there will be significant changes to this blog in the near future. It’s a process that will likely […] The post And the box...
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 13, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Announcements Blog housekeeping Blogging Medicine alternative medicine QEDCon skepticism Source Type: blogs

And the box of blinky lights has arrived in Manchester for QEDCon
As you probably noticed, I didn’t manage a post yesterday. Nor did I manage one today, other than this. That’s because I was busy preparing for QEDCon, where I will be on a panel and giving a talk, and, of course, putting together my talk. As I write this, I’m horrendously jet lagged; so I… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 13, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Announcements Blog housekeeping Blogging Medicine alternative medicine QEDCon skepticism Source Type: blogs

On the " integration " of quackery into the medical school curriculum
Ever since the $200 million gift by Susan and Henry Samueli to UC-Irvine, I've been thinking about the "integration" of quackery into medicine through integrative medicine. The way advocates of quackademic medicine are going to make this "integration" really happen is to start with the medical schools. The post On the "integration" of quackery into the medical school curriculum appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 11, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Surgery curriculum Henry Samueli integrative medicine medical school Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Source Type: blogs

On the “ integration ” of quackery into the medical school curriculum
Ever since the $200 million gift by Susan and Henry Samueli to UC-Irvine, I've been thinking about the "integration" of quackery into medicine through integrative medicine. The way advocates of quackademic medicine are going to make this "integration" really happen is to start with the medical schools. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 11, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Surgery curriculum Henry Samueli integrative medicine medical school Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Source Type: blogs

Another antivaccine paper bites the dust
Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic are known for producing dubious scientific studies in the service of antivaccine pseudoscience. Last month, they published a paper purporting to show that aluminum adjuvant causes neuroinflammation in mice that was roundly criticized for poor experimental design and manipulated images. Guess what? It's soon to be retracted. The post Another antivaccine paper bites the dust appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 10, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Autism Bioethics Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking aluminum antivaccine Christopher Shaw Lucija Tomljenovic mice vaccines Source Type: blogs

Another antivaccine paper bites the dust
Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic are known for producing dubious scientific studies in the service of antivaccine pseudoscience. Last month, they published a paper purporting to show that aluminum adjuvant causes neuroinflammation in mice that was roundly criticized for poor experimental design and manipulated images. Guess what? It's soon to be retracted. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 10, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Autism Bioethics Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking aluminum antivaccine Christopher Shaw Lucija Tomljenovic mice vaccines Source Type: blogs

A conversation with a Rigvir flack
My skeptical analysis of Rigvir, a “Virotherapy” from Latvia being promoted by alternative medicine clinics as a cancer cure, caught the attention of the International Virotherapy Center (IVC). The result was a long and very telling e-mail exchange between its Assistant of Business Development and myself. I post it because the arguments used in the discussion are very telling about where the IVC is coming from when it comes to science. Hint: It’s not a good place. The post A conversation with a Rigvir flack appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 9, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Skepticism/critical thinking International Virotherapy Center Kārlis Urbāns Lelde Lapa Rigvir Rigvir Holding Source Type: blogs

A conversation with a Rigvir flack
My skeptical analysis of Rigvir, a “Virotherapy” from Latvia being promoted by alternative medicine clinics as a cancer cure, caught the attention of the International Virotherapy Center (IVC). The result was a long and very telling e-mail exchange between its Assistant of Business Development and myself. I post it because the arguments used in the discussion are very telling about where the IVC is coming from when it comes to science. Hint: It’s not a good place. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 9, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Skepticism/critical thinking International Virotherapy Center Kārlis Urbāns Lelde Lapa Rigvir Rigvir Holding Source Type: blogs

Naturopaths: Able to turn even Epsom salt potentially deadly
Epsom salt, like the Earth in The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, is mostly harmless; that is, except in the hands of a naturopath. The post Naturopaths: Able to turn even Epsom salt potentially deadly appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 6, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Epsom salt hepatotoxicity liver magnesium sulfate naturopathy Source Type: blogs

Naturopaths: Able to turn even Epsom salt potentially deadly
Epsom salt, like the Earth in The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy, is mostly harmless; that is, except in the hands of a naturopath. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 6, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Epsom salt hepatotoxicity liver magnesium sulfate naturopathy Source Type: blogs

False balance in reporting the case of a local mother jailed for contempt of court for reneging on an agreement to vaccinate her child
Rachel Bredow is antivaccine and doesn't want her children vaccinated. Her ex-husband disagrees. When Ms. Bredow violated a court order to vaccinate her child, she was thrown into jail for contempt of court. Unfortunately, our local media have not exactly covered themselves in glory covering this story. The post False balance in reporting the case of a local mother jailed for contempt of court for reneging on an agreement to vaccinate her child appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 5, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Television Andrea Isom Detroit Free Press Jason Horne Joel Dorfman Joseph Sikora Michigan for Vaccine Choice Rebecca Bred Source Type: blogs

False balance in reporting the case of a local mother jailed for contempt of court for reneging on an agreement to vaccinate her child
Rachel Bredow is antivaccine and doesn't want her children vaccinated. Her ex-husband disagrees. When Ms. Bredow violated a court order to vaccinate her child, she was thrown into jail for contempt of court. Unfortunately, our local media have not exactly covered themselves in glory covering this story. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 5, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Television Andrea Isom Detroit Free Press Jason Horne Joel Dorfman Joseph Sikora Michigan for Vaccine Choice Rebecca Bred Source Type: blogs

Why a case report being circulated by advocates doesn ’ t show that the ketogenic diet combats cancer
it's October, which means that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means that it's time for dubious breast cancer case reports. Here's one about ketogenic diets that doesn't show that such diets cure cancer. The post Why a case report being circulated by advocates doesn’t show that the ketogenic diet combats cancer appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 4, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Skepticism/critical thinking breast cancer chemotherapy Ketogenic diet neoadjuvant chemotherapy Thomas Seyfried triple negative breast cancer Source Type: blogs

Why a case report being circulated by advocates doesn ’ t show that the ketogenic diet combats cancer
it's October, which means that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means that it's time for dubious breast cancer case reports. Here's one about ketogenic diets that doesn't show that such diets cure cancer. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 4, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Skepticism/critical thinking breast cancer chemotherapy Ketogenic diet neoadjuvant chemotherapy Thomas Seyfried triple negative breast cancer Source Type: blogs

If Rigvir is effective " virotherapy " for cancer, why are quack clinics selling it and quackery promoters like Ty Bollinger promoting it?
Last week, I wrote about Rigvir, a “virotherapy” promoted by the International Virotherapy Center (IVC) in Latvia, which did not like what I had to say. When a representative called me to task for referring to the marketing of Rigvir using patient testimonials as irresponsbile, it prompted me to look at how Ty Bollinger’s The Truth About Cancer series promoted Rigvir through patient testimonials and how the IVC itself uses such testimonials. The word “irresponsible” doesn’t even begin to cover it. The post If Rigvir is effective "virotherapy" for cancer, why are quack clinics s...
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 2, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Aina Muceniece Antonio Jimenez coffee enema ECHO-7 Echovirus Elita Shapovalova Hope4Cancer International Virotherapy Center Ivars K Source Type: blogs

If Rigvir is effective “ virotherapy ” for cancer, why are quack clinics selling it and quackery promoters like Ty Bollinger promoting it?
Last week, I wrote about Rigvir, a “virotherapy” promoted by the International Virotherapy Center (IVC) in Latvia, which did not like what I had to say. When a representative called me to task for referring to the marketing of Rigvir using patient testimonials as irresponsbile, it prompted me to look at how Ty Bollinger’s The Truth About Cancer series promoted Rigvir through patient testimonials and how the IVC itself uses such testimonials. The word “irresponsible” doesn’t even begin to cover it. The post If Rigvir is effective “virotherapy” for cancer, why are quack clinics...
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 2, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Aina Muceniece Antonio Jimenez coffee enema ECHO-7 Echovirus Elita Shapovalova Hope4Cancer International Virotherapy Center Ivars K Source Type: blogs

If Rigvir is effective “ virotherapy ” for cancer, why are quack clinics selling it and quackery promoters like Ty Bollinger promoting it?
Last week, I wrote about Rigvir, a “virotherapy” promoted by the International Virotherapy Center (IVC) in Latvia, which did not like what I had to say. When a representative called me to task for referring to the marketing of Rigvir using patient testimonials as irresponsbile, it prompted me to look at how Ty Bollinger’s The Truth About Cancer series promoted Rigvir through patient testimonials and how the IVC itself uses such testimonials. The word “irresponsible” doesn’t even begin to cover it. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - October 2, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Aina Muceniece Antonio Jimenez coffee enema ECHO-7 Echovirus Elita Shapovalova Hope4Cancer International Virotherapy Center Ivars K Source Type: blogs

John Weeks accuses Orac of having " blood on his hands " for criticizing the Samuelis ’ $200 million gift to UC-Irvine. Orac responds.
Like many advocates of science-based medicine, I was dismayed at the $200 million gift given by Susan and Henry Samueli to the University of California, Irvine in order to vastly expand its integrative medicine offerings. John Weeks, a noted promoter of integrative medicine, was not pleased at how the mainstream press covered this gift, and in particular he was most displeased that skeptics were heavily quoted in the reporting. In response, he launched a spittle-flecked, spelling-challenged broadside against his perceived enemies, full of misinformation and logical fallacies. Naturally, Orac can't resist applying some not-...
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 29, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Henry Samueli Huffington Post integrative medicine john weeks quackademic medicine Susan and Henry Samueli College of H Source Type: blogs

John Weeks accuses Orac of having “ blood on his hands ” for criticizing the Samuelis ’ $200 million gift to UC-Irvine. Orac responds.
Like many advocates of science-based medicine, I was dismayed at the $200 million gift given by Susan and Henry Samueli to the University of California, Irvine in order to vastly expand its integrative medicine offerings. John Weeks, a noted promoter of integrative medicine, was not pleased at how the mainstream press covered this gift, and in particular he was most displeased that skeptics were heavily quoted in the reporting. In response, he launched a spittle-flecked, spelling-challenged broadside against his perceived enemies, full of misinformation and logical fallacies. Naturally, Orac can't resist applying some not-...
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 29, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Henry Samueli Huffington Post integrative medicine john weeks quackademic medicine Susan and Henry Samueli College of H Source Type: blogs

Antivaxers on Twitter: Fake news and Twitter bots
A new analysis reveals that there are antivaccine bots on Twitter. Why am I not surprised? The post Antivaxers on Twitter: Fake news and Twitter bots appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 28, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking bot SocialBot Twitter vaccines Source Type: blogs

Antivaxers on Twitter: Fake news and Twitter bots
A new analysis reveals that there are antivaccine bots on Twitter. Why am I not surprised? (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 28, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking bot SocialBot Twitter vaccines Source Type: blogs

Torturing more mice in the name of antivaccine pseudoscience: PubPeer versus antivaxers
Last week, I wrote about a truly execrable bit of science by Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic purporting to show that aluminum adjuvants cause brain inflammation, which causes autism. Since then, I've learned that, not only is it bad science, but that there are red flags about several of the figures to raise the specter of fraud. This might not be just bad science. It might be fraudulent science. The only way to resolve this would be for the authors to release the original full resolution images of their blots. The post Torturing more mice in the name of antivaccine pseudoscience: PubPeer versus antivaxers appeared ...
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 27, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Biology Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking aluminum Christopher Shaw Lucija Tomljenovic mouse PubPeer vaccines Source Type: blogs

Torturing more mice in the name of antivaccine pseudoscience: PubPeer versus antivaxers
Last week, I wrote about a truly execrable bit of science by Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic purporting to show that aluminum adjuvants cause brain inflammation, which causes autism. Since then, I've learned that, not only is it bad science, but that there are red flags about several of the figures to raise the specter of fraud. This might not be just bad science. It might be fraudulent science. The only way to resolve this would be for the authors to release the original full resolution images of their blots. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 27, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Biology Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking aluminum Christopher Shaw Lucija Tomljenovic mouse PubPeer vaccines Source Type: blogs