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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… (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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (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. (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

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. (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

Homeopathy at UC-Irvine: The administration can run but it can ’ t hide from its history of embracing quackery
Last week, UC-Irvine announced a $200 million gift from Susan and Henry Samueli to create a new integrative medicine center. Since then, UC-Irvine has tried to scrub any evidence of homeopathy use on its website. It didn't work. Unfortunately, thanks to the Samuelis, homeopathy and other pseudoscience are deeply embedded in UC-Irvine, which has become the new epitome of quackademic medicine. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 26, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Henry Samueli Howard Federoff quackademic medicine Susan Samueli University of California Irvine Source Type: blogs

Homeopathy at UC-Irvine: It can run, but it can ’ t hide
Last week, UC-Irvine announced a $200 million gift from Susan and Henry Samueli to create a new integrative medicine center. Since then, UC-Irvine has tried to scrub any evidence of homeopathy use on its website. It didn't work. Unfortunately, thanks to the Samuelis, homeopathy and other pseudoscience are deeply embedded in UC-Irvine, which has become the new epitome of quackademic medicine. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 26, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Henry Samueli Howard Federoff quackademic medicine Susan Samueli University of California Irvine Source Type: blogs

Rigvir: A cancer “ cure ” imported from Latvia that cancer patients should avoid
Recently, the Hope4Cancer Institute, a quack clinic in Mexico has added a treatment known as Rigvir to its other offerings. But what is Rigvir? It turns out that it’s an import from Latvia with a mysterious history. Its proponents claim that it targets cancer specifically. Unfortunately, there is a profound paucity of evidence for its efficacy. The story of Rigvir is the story of an unproven treatment that, because of its origin in a small country, has flown mostly under the radar. Until now, that is. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 25, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking ECHO-7 Echovirus International Virotherapy Center Latvia melanoma Rigvir Source Type: blogs

Gwyneth Paltrow ’ s goop: Psychic Vampire Repellent as female “ empowerment ”
Gwyneth Paltrow's goop is continuing to sell snake oil promoted as the "empowerment" of women. Yes, that even includes a psychic vampire repellent, reiki charged. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 22, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Friday Woo Paranormal Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking empowerment Goop Gwyneth Paltrow vampire Source Type: blogs

Torturing more mice in the name of antivaccine pseudoscience, 2017 aluminum edition
Over the last couple of days I noted a disturbance in the antivaccine force, another study claimed to be slam dunk evidence that aluminum adjuvants in vaccines cause autism. It's not. Also, a word to antivaxers challenging Orac to look at this study: Be very careful what you wish for... (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 21, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Bioethics Biology Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking adjuvant aluminum Christopher Shaw inflammation Lucija Tomljenovic NF-κB vaccines Source Type: blogs

Quackademic medicine now reigns supreme at UC-Irvine
Yesterday, the University of California, Irvine announced that Susan and Henry Samueli had donated $200 million to establish integrative medicine quackery there. Is this the shape of medicine to come? (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 19, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Irvine quackademic medicine UCI University of California Irvine Source Type: blogs

IBM Watson: Not living up to hype as a tool to fight cancer?
Five years ago, IBM announced that its supercomputer Watson would revolutionize cancer treatment by using its artificial intelligence to digest and distill the thousands of oncology studies published every year plus patient-level data and expert recommendations into treatment recommendation. Last week, a report published by STAT News shows that, years later, IBM's hubris and hype have crashed into reality. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 18, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Biology Cancer Computers Medicine big data IBM Jeopardy! Watson Source Type: blogs

Another antivaccine conspiracy theory, flu vaccine edition
An antivaccine blogger is amazed that big pharma has allowed its lackeys in the press to publish negative stories about the flu vaccine. Naturally, she thinks she knows why and sees a conspiracy. Not surprisingly, her conspiracy theory doesn't make much sense. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 15, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking conspiracy theory influenza Levi Quackenboss vaccines Source Type: blogs

Does the flu vaccine cause miscarriages?
A recent study claims to have found a link between influenza vaccination and miscarriage, and antivaxers are rejoicing. The study itself suffers mightily from post hoc subgroup analyses and small numbers in the subgroup, so much so that even its authors don't really believe its results. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 14, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Clinical trials Medicine case control study Frank DeStefano H1N1 influenza J.B. Handley miscarriage Source Type: blogs

Another antivaccine film disguised as a documentary, this time lying about HPV vaccines
The antivaccine group SaneVax, which specializes in spreading misinformation about the HPV vaccine, has released part one of a three-part series of short films. Unfortunately, these are propaganda films disguised as an issue documentary. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 12, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Source Type: blogs

Naturopaths and quack stem cell clinics revisited
Last week, I wrote about a naturopath imitating the worst of real doctors by running his very own dubious stem cell clinic. He even cosplays an interventional radiologist doing it. Unfortunately, he's far from alone. There are many more naturopaths going down this road. Even more unfortunately, it is MDs who are showing the way. Basically, naturopaths don't just cosplay doctors. They cosplay the worst of doctors as well. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 11, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Jason Porter Julie Keiffer O-Shot stem cell stem cell clinic Stem Cell Rejuvenation Center Source Type: blogs

A pharma shill working on behalf of an industry-funded group shows how easy it is to publish propaganda as a legitimate op-ed
Many are the PR firms and astroturf groups out there trying to influence the public. One favored technique is to publish an op-ed by an expert or "thought leader" in a major media outlet. Not infrequently, these op-eds are ghostwritten. Unfortunately, to its sorrow, STATNews found that out this week. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 8, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bioethics Medicine Popular culture Skepticism/critical thinking Alliance for Patient Access astroturf Keybridge Communications pharma shill Robert Yapundich STATNews Source Type: blogs

A naturopathic cancer quack tries to silence criticism with legal thuggery
Britt Hermes is an ex-naturopath who realized that she had become a quack and had the bravery to quit and study to become a real scientist. Because she is an apostate, the church of naturopathy has a special antipathy reserved for her, which is why a "naturopathic oncologist" named Colleen Huber has engaged in legal thuggery to silence her. Not-a-Dr. Huber has apparently never heard of the Streisand Effect, because a look at her website and her incredibly badly done and incompetent clinical study claiming that her treatments plus eliminating processed sugar results in much better cancer survival would be very emb...
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 7, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Quackery baking soda Britt Hermes Colleen Huber institutional review board NatureWorksBest naturopathic oncology Tullio Simoncini Source Type: blogs

In the middle of massive flooding in Texas, antivaxers fear … school vaccine mandates?
Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas two weeks ago, and the recovery effort will take years. As hundreds of thousands start to try to rebuild their shattered lives and homes, antivaxers have some helpful advice on how to avoid vaccines. That's because to antivaxers, it's always about vaccines. Always. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 6, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery antivaccine antivaxers flooding Texas vaccines Source Type: blogs

Patients lose when they chose naturopaths over real doctors
Recently, I came across a news story describing two cancer patients treated by naturopaths in New Zealand. Both died, one almost certainly unnecessarily, the other after enduring more suffering than she likely had to. These tragic cases and others reminded me of why it is so appalling that so many physicians are “integrating” naturopathy into “integrative medicine.” In reality, they are integrating quackery into medicine. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 5, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Quackery cancer curcumin Jade Erick Kim Kelly New Zealand Source Type: blogs

What ’ s scarier than dubious stem cell clinics? A naturopathic stem cell clinic!
After nearly 13 years of blogging, I thought I'd seen it all. Then former naturopath Britt Hermes let me know that there is a naturopath in Utah offering stem cell treatments. My face is raw from the double facepalming. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 1, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Docere Clinics Harry Adelson naturopathy quackery stem cell clinic Utah Source Type: blogs

Trolling the antivaccine trolls
Craig Egan is a man with a mission. He's trolling the antivaccine trolls to promote science, and he's been very successful at it. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 31, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Andrew Wakefield Craig Egan Polly Tommey Somali vaccines Vaxxed Source Type: blogs

“ Right To Choose Medicine ” : The free market fundamentalist assault on the FDA continues
Yesterday, I wrote about how right-to-try and an unethical offshore vaccine trial are part of free market fundamentalists' attack on the FDA. Here's another example, the "right to choose medicine." (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 30, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Medicine Politics Popular culture Skepticism/critical thinking Bartley Madden fda Food and Drug Administration Right to Choose Medicine right to try Source Type: blogs

Shame! Another front in the libertarian war on the FDA: Rational Vaccines ’ unethical offshore herpes vaccine clinical trial
I've discussed so-called "right-to-try" laws, which promise to speed experimental drugs to terminally ill patients, but which in reality are about weakening and bypassing the FDA. Now über-Libertarian Peter Thiel is trying a new tactic to bypass the FDA by organizing an offshore clinical trial of a new herpes vaccine based on dubious science and not overseen by an IRB to protect patients. Both right-to-try and this trial are different fronts in the same fundamentalist free market war on FDA regulation. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 29, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bioethics Biology Clinical trials Medicine Politics Agustín Fernández III Balaji Srinivasan Belmont Report Common Rule fda Food and Drug Administration institutional review board Jim O'Neill Peter Thiel Rational Vaccines ri Source Type: blogs

Shame! Another front in the libertarian war on the FDA: Rational Vaccines and Peter Thiel ’ s unethical offshore herpes vaccine clinical trial
I've discussed so-called "right-to-try" laws, which promise to speed experimental drugs to terminally ill patients, but which in reality are about weakening and bypassing the FDA. Now über-Libertarian Peter Thiel is trying a new tactic to bypass the FDA by organizing an offshore clinical trial of a new herpes vaccine based on dubious science and not overseen by an IRB to protect patients. Both right-to-try and this trial are different fronts in the same fundamentalist free market war on FDA regulation. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 29, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bioethics Biology Clinical trials Medicine Politics Agustín Fernández III Balaji Srinivasan Belmont Report Common Rule fda Food and Drug Administration institutional review board Jim O'Neill Peter Thiel Rational Vaccines ri Source Type: blogs

No, vaccines do not cause sudden infant death syndrome, a Vaccine Court decision notwithstanding
There was a rumbling in the antivaccine underground a week ago about a recent ruling by the Vaccine Court compensating parents of a child who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In a confused and scientifically highly flawed decision, the Special Master Thomas Gowen didn’t rule that vaccines cause SIDS, but did rule that they contributed to SIDS in this one case. Soon, the message will be that vaccines cause SIDS. They don’t. The Vaccine Court screwed up. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 28, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Chase Boatmon J. B. Boatmon Maurina Cupid National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Vaccine Court Source Type: blogs

A new nomenclature for auricular acupuncture: The ultimate in Tooth Fairy science
Tooth Fairy science is the study of a phenomenon before having actually demonstrated that the phenomenon actually exists. I can't think of a better example than trying to construct an elaborate mapping system of body parts and organs to the surface of the external ear for purposes of sticking needles in them to heal and relieve pain (auricular acupuncture). Yet that's what's just been published. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 25, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking acupuncture auricular acupuncture homunculus Source Type: blogs

Despite the massive measles outbreak in the Minnesota Somali community, antivaxers double down
American antivaccine activists have contributed to a massive measles outbreak among the Minnesota Somali immigrant community by spreading Andrew Wakefield's misinformation. In the wake of the harm they've caused, they're not apologetic. They're doubling down. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 23, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Politics Quackery Andrew Wakefield measles Minnesota Minnesota Vaccine Freedom Coalition MMR Somali Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota Source Type: blogs

Why is antivaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. meeting with government health and science officials months after meeting with President Trump?
In January, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. bragged about having met with President-Elect Donald Trump about chairing a presidential commission on vaccine safety. In the intervening eight months, no commission has materialized, but, if you can believe his account, Kennedy has been meeting with government officials to promote his antivaccine views at the behest of the Trump administration. As long as that continues, pro-science advocates can't afford to rest easy. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 22, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Politics Quackery CDC Donald Trump fda NIH Robert F. Kennedy Jr. vaccines Source Type: blogs

Alternative medicine: Deadly for cancer patients
By definition, alternative medicine has not been shown to be effective or has been shown to be ineffective. Thus, alternative medicine is ineffective against cancer and can best be represented as either no treatment at all or potentially harmful treatment. It is thus not surprising that cancer patients who choose alternative medicine have a higher risk of dying from their cancer. A new study confirms this conclusion yet again. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 21, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking chemotherapy epidemiology mortality Source Type: blogs

Medical exemptions to school vaccine mandates soar in California as SB 277 makes personal belief exemptions unavailable
California's new law that eliminates personal belief exemptions has been a success, increasing vaccine uptake after just one year. That isn't to say that there aren't problems. One potential problem is the increasing number of medical exemptions, likely fueled by doctors willing to write letters of support for them based on reasons that are not science-based. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 18, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Politics Quackery Bob Sears medical exemption personal belief exemption SB 277 vaccines Source Type: blogs

More Gardasil fear mongering: A “ critical review ” of HPV vaccination that lacks critical thinking
Antivaxers fear and detest vaccines, but one of the types of vaccines they fear and detest the most is the HPV vaccine, such as Gardasil and Cervarix, which have been blamed for everything from sudden death to premature ovarian failure to autoimmune diseases. A couple of Mexican "researchers" from a cardiology institute try again with a "critical review" of HPV vaccine safety that lacks anything resembling critical thinking. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 16, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Clinical trials Medicine ASIA Cervarix Christopher Shaw Gardasil hpv Lucija Tomljenovic Luis Amezcua-Guerra Manuel Martínez-Lavin premature ovarian failure syncope Yehuda Shoenfeld Source Type: blogs

Naturopathy: When fake doctors cosplay real doctors
Naturopaths are fake doctors who fancy themselves to be real doctors, so much so that they call themselves "physicians" even when explicitly barred from doing so by law. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 15, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Politics Quackery colorado Source Type: blogs

The death of Jade Erick from intravenous curcumin: Mystery solved
In March, it was widely reported that a young woman named Jade Erick had died suddenly of a hypersensitivity reaction while undergoing an infusion of intravenous curcumin ordered by a naturopath named Kim Kelly to treat her eczema. The FDA investigated and found egregious problems with the injectable curcumin used. This tragic incident serves to demonstrate how dangerous a combination naturopaths and dubious compounding pharmacies can be. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 14, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Quackery curcumin eczema Jade Erick Kim Kelly Source Type: blogs

How is it that antivaccine pediatricians keep their medical licenses?
There's one phenomenon I've never been able to figure out, namely antivaccine pediatricians. For a pediatrician, to be antivaccine is a profound betrayal of everything learned in medicine and a betrayal of patients. Here's another antivaccine pediatrician, one I have never encountered before. Special bonus quack points: She's a homeopath, too. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 11, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Source Type: blogs

Contamination requiring ritual purification: Superstitious concepts at the heart of antivaccine beliefs
Much of the belief system that undergirds antivaccine views is rooted in superstition. That's why it's not a coincidence that antivaxers frequently speak in terms of contamination due to vaccines as a cause of autism and all the other conditions for which antivaxers blame vaccines and ritual purification in the form of "detoxification" as the treatment. These beliefs very much resemble religious beliefs, and antivaxers project them onto pro-science advocates. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 10, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Religion Skepticism/critical thinking contamination John Rappaport Megan Heimer Mike Adams Natural News quackery ritual purification vaccines Source Type: blogs

Another study shows just how hard it is to change beliefs in antivaccine misinformation
Correcting antivaccine misinformation is hard. Real hard. Another study shows us just how hard. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 9, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine misinformation quackery vaccines Source Type: blogs

Dumb and dumber: Kent Heckenlively and Mike Adams team up to support an antivaccine WhiteHouse.gov petition
On July 3, an antivaxer named Kent Heckenlively posted a WhiteHouse.gov petition demanding a five year moratorium on childhood vaccines. It failed. Did that stop Mr. Heckenlively? Of course not, and this time he has help from über-crank Mike Adams, who is whining about being "censored" by Facebook over it. The hilarity continues to ensue (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 8, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Popular culture Donald Trump Kent Heckenlively Mike Adams petition vaccines WhiteHouse.gov Source Type: blogs

Following up on a very old case: Abraham Cherrix is alive and well because he finally rejected alternative medicine
Although I haven’t discussed it here in depth, the case of Abraham Cherrix is an instructive example. Eleven years ago, he and his parents chose quackery over science-based medicine to treat his cancer. He’s alive now because he finally realized the error of his decision and underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 7, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Abraham Cherrix chemotherapy Hodgkin's lymphoma Hoxsey therapy Source Type: blogs

The cruel sham that is “ right-to-try ” is one big step closer to being federal law
So-called "right-to-try" is a cruel sham that holds out the mostly false hope of survival to terminally ill patients and their families. In return, all they have to give up is patient protections and agree to pay to be guinea pigs to test a drug company's product. The product of an ideology that uses the terminally ill as shields to hide the ideological motives behind the law, which are to hobble the FDA, right-to-try is a terrible idea. It's bad for patients, but it just passed the Senate and could well become the law of the land when the House reconvenes in September if it isn't stopped. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 4, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Politics Goldwater Institute right to try Ron Johnson S.204 Stanislaw Burzynski Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2017 Source Type: blogs

Carissa Gleason: Embracing real medicine after fake medicine failed her
I wasn’t sure if I should do this post, mainly because I could find so little information to elaborate on a bit of information that I discovered. Then I thought about it a bit more. Perhaps my not being able to find out will illustrate my point better than a detailed progress report on a… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 3, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Popular culture Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Carissa Gleeson sarcoma Tijuana Ty Bollinger Source Type: blogs

No alternative medicine ever disappears when shown to be ineffective: The case of laetrile
I recently took a review course in general surgery to prepare for my board recertification examination in December and realized just how much the standard of care had changed in the decade since I last recertified. Then I learned that laetrile is still a thing. If there's one thing that demonstrates the difference between alternative medicine and real medicine, it's how no alternative medicine treatment ever goes away, no matter how often it's shown not to work. Ever. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 1, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking amygdalin laetrile vitamin B17 Source Type: blogs

Dr. Aviva Romm: Distancing herself from Goop after defending it
Dr. Aviva Romm, one of Goop's doctors, tried to distance herself from Goop's pseudoscience. It didn't go well. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 28, 2017 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Aviva Romm Goop Gwyneth Paltrow Jen Gunter Source Type: blogs