The British Columbia College of Naturopathic Physicians investigates naturopaths using CEASE therapy on autistic children
Naturopathy is quackery. If you doubt this, consider that you can't have naturopathy without homeopathy. What's even worse is when naturopaths subject autistic children to quackery like CEASE therapy. Expecting any naturopathic regulatory board to investigate quackery in naturopathy is the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse. The post The British Columbia College of Naturopathic Physicians investigates naturopaths using CEASE therapy on autistic children appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 25, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Homeopathy Medicine Naturopathy Anke Zimmerman British Columbia College of College of Naturopathic Physicians CEASE Complete Elimination of Autism Spectrum Expression featured Naturopaths quackery Source Type: blogs

Helen Lawson and black salve: Cutting, burning, and poisoning “ naturally ”
Cancer quacks frequently characterize conventional treatments for cancer as "cutting, poisoning, and burning." Yet, in Australia a woman with ovarian cancer chose black salve, in essence, "cutting, poisoning, and burning" (but mostly burning and without the cutting) to treat her disease. She died a horrible death. How can black salve still be a thing. The post Helen Lawson and black salve: Cutting, burning, and poisoning “naturally” appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 24, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking alternative cancer cure testimonial Belinda Davies black salve bloodroot Cansema Dennis Wayne Jensen escharotic featured Karen Lawson ovarian cancer Stanisla Source Type: blogs

Here we go again. A naturopathic licensure bill stealthily passes the Michigan Senate
Naturopathic licensure is like The Terminator. It never, ever gives up. This time around, it's back in Michigan. Worse, a bill licensing naturopaths has just passed the Michigan Senate and is moving on to the House of Representatives. Can it be stopped? The post Here we go again. A naturopathic licensure bill stealthily passes the Michigan Senate appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 23, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Homeopathy Naturopathy Politics Quackery American Association of Naturopathic Physicians featured Michigan Academy of Family Practice Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians Rick Jones The Terminator Source Type: blogs

Orac basks in the adoration of Gary Null (revised and greatly expanded)
Orac loves to bask in the adulation of his "fans." This time around, one of the old men of quackery, Gary Null, has decided that he really, really doesn't like science-based medicine. Orac was sufficiently amused to revise, update, and expand his previous post providing Null with some not-so-Respectful Insolence. The post Orac basks in the adoration of Gary Null (revised and greatly expanded) appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 21, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Bad science Cancer Homeopathy Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking featured Gary Null pharmacognosy pharmacology Progressive Radio Network skeptics Tom Jefferson vaccines Source Type: blogs

Michigan Vaccine Freedom Political Action Committee: Promoting antivaccine policies in my state
A childhood friend of mine, who is running for office, forwarded me a questionnaire from the Michigan Vaccine Freedom Political Action Committee. It consisted of questions about whether she would support vaccine "choice" and "freedom." Unfortunately, antivaccine advocacy groups are becoming more influential. Now they're trying to lobby like any other lobbying group. The post Michigan Vaccine Freedom Political Action Committee: Promoting antivaccine policies in my state appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 18, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery featured Michigan for Vaccine Choice Michigan Vaccine Freedom Political Action Committee vaccines Source Type: blogs

Surprise! Surprise! (Well, actually, no.) Acupuncture does not work for in vitro fertilization
Australian researchers have carried out another randomized clinical trial on acupuncture for in vitro fertilization. Unsurprisingly, it's completely negative. Also unsurprisingly, acupuncturists are not happy and are furiously making excuses. The post Surprise! Surprise! (Well, actually, no.) Acupuncture does not work for in vitro fertilization appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 17, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Integrative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery acupuncture featured in vitro fertilziation infertility ivf traditional Chinese medicine Source Type: blogs

The Supreme Court of Canada grants a new trial to the parents who let Ezekiel Stephan die
David and Collet Stephan were convicted in 2016 for failure to provide the necessities of life for their son Ezekiel Stephan, who died of bacterial meningitis after his parents treated him with natural remedies, supplements, and naturopathy. Unfortunately, as a result of their appeal, the Canadian Supreme Court has granted them a new trial. Predictably, they are claiming vindication. The verdict is nothing of the sort, but will serve as propaganda for quacks for years to come. The post The Supreme Court of Canada grants a new trial to the parents who let Ezekiel Stephan die appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: ...
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 16, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Politics Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Collet Stephan David Stephan Ezekiel Stephan featured Supreme Court of Canada Truehope Nutritional Supp Source Type: blogs

PLOS ONE publishes a howler of a bad acupuncture network meta-analysis
Meta-analyses can sometimes suffer from the “GIGO problem” (garbage in, garbage out). The publication of a “crappy” acupuncture “network meta-analysis” for acupuncture and chronic constipation illustrates the GIGO problem on steroids a.nd reveals a problem with peer review at PLOS ONE, where it was published The post PLOS ONE publishes a howler of a bad acupuncture network meta-analysis appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 14, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bad science Clinical trials Integrative medicine Quackery acupuncture electroacupunture featured meta-analysis PLoS ONE Source Type: blogs

Crowdfunding for unproven stem cell treatments: Taking advantage of the generosity of strangers to pay for quackery
With the rise of quack stem cell clinics, there has been a rise of crowdfunding campaigns to assist patients in paying for expensive stem cell treatments of unproven efficacy. Unfortunately, as a recent study shows, these crowdfunding campaigns nearly always oversell efficacy and ignore potential risks of the treatments, while making powerful emotional appeals. The post Crowdfunding for unproven stem cell treatments: Taking advantage of the generosity of strangers to pay for quackery appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 11, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Computers Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery crowdfunding featured GoFundMe Jeremy Snyder Leigh Turner Simon Fraser University stem cells Valorie Crooks YouCaring Source Type: blogs

The FDA brings the hammer down on two quack stem cell clinics
Last year, the FDA announced a regulatory framework for stem cell clinics, and hopes were raised that it would finally crack down on the hundreds of quack stem cell clinics in the US. Yesterday, the FDA dropped the hammer on two clinics, seeking injunctions in federal court to stop them. Is this the beginning of a real (and long overdue) crackdown on these clinics? The post The FDA brings the hammer down on two quack stem cell clinics appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 10, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Cell Surgical Network Corporation fda featured Food and Drug Administration Mark Berman regulation stem cells U.S. Stem Cell Clinics US Stem Cell Clinics Source Type: blogs

The case of Tan Qindong shows that in China traditional Chinese medicine is big pharma
Proponents of integrating quackery like most traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into real medicine portray themselves as underdogs being persecuted by big pharma and the FDA. In China, however, the case of Tan Qindong shows that in China TCM is big pharma. The post The case of Tan Qindong shows that in China traditional Chinese medicine is big pharma appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 8, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Chairman Mao Zedong featured Hongmao Liquor Hongmao Pharmaceutical Company Hongmao Pharmaceuticals Tan Qindong traditional Chinese medicine Source Type: blogs

Autism prevalence increases, and antivaxers blame it on vaccines (2018 edition)
As it does every two years, the CDC has issued its 2018 report on autism prevalence. As in years past, autism prevalence has ticked upward. As in years past, antivaxers have tried to blame it on vaccines. As in years past, they're wrong. Vaccines are not responsible for increased autism prevalence. The post Autism prevalence increases, and antivaxers blame it on vaccines (2018 edition) appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 7, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Popular culture Pseudoscience Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiology featured Source Type: blogs

Thank you, Chelsea Clinton, for speaking out against Andrew Wakefield and driving antivaxers crazy
Earlier this week, Chelsea Clinton spoke out against Andrew Wakefield and in support of vaccines. Hilarity ensued as antivaxers lost their mind in rage and faux disappointment in her. The post Thank you, Chelsea Clinton, for speaking out against Andrew Wakefield and driving antivaxers crazy appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 4, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Bad science Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Andrew Wakefield Andrew Zimmerman Anthony Mawson Chelsea Clinton Christopher Exley Christopher Shaw Del Bigtree featured Hillary Clinton Kim R Source Type: blogs

How is it that in 2018 cancer Stanislaw Burzynski is still preying on desperate cancer patients? (Update)
Earlier this week, I wrote about the tragic story of Demi Knight, and 11-year-old girl in the UK with medulloblastoma with only a few months to live. I wondered how cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski could still be taking advantage of such patients in 2018. Here, I note the role of the press. The post How is it that in 2018 cancer Stanislaw Burzynski is still preying on desperate cancer patients? (Update) appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 3, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery antineoplastons Demi Knight featured Stanislaw Burzynski Source Type: blogs

Orac basks in the adoration of Gary Null
Orac loves to bask in the adulation of his "fans." This time around, one of the old men of quackery, Gary Null, has decided that he really, really doesn't like science-based medicine. That includes Steve Novella, Susan Gerbic, and...Orac. The post Orac basks in the adoration of Gary Null appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 2, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Integrative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery energy medicine featured Gary Null Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia Mike Adams science-based medicine Steven Novella Susan Gerbic Source Type: blogs

How is it that in 2018 cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski is still preying on desperate cancer patients?
In the 1970s, young polish expat and cancer researcher Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski thought he had found a cure for many incurable cancers. He dubbed it antineoplastons (ANPs_. Unfortunately, he left the path of science and started treating patients before he had evidence that ANPs work. Four decades later, without ever having published compelling evidence for anticancer efficacy of ANPs, he's still luring desperate patients to his clinic. Now he's set to branch out to quack clinics in Mexico. Why can't the law stop him? The post How is it that in 2018 cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski is still preying on desperate cancer patien...
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 1, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking antineoplastons Burzynski Clinic CHIPSA Hospital Demi Knight Eric Merola featured Gerson protocol medulloblastoma Stanislaw Burzynski Source Type: blogs

How is it that in 2018 cancer Stanislaw Burzynski is still preying on desperate cancer patients?
In the 1970s, young polish expat and cancer researcher Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski thought he had found a cure for many incurable cancers. He dubbed it antineoplastons (ANPs_. Unfortunately, he left the path of science and started treating patients before he had evidence that ANPs work. Four decades later, without ever having published compelling evidence for anticancer efficacy of ANPs, he's still luring desperate patients to his clinic. Now he's set to branch out to quack clinics in Mexico. Why can't the law stop him? The post How is it that in 2018 cancer Stanislaw Burzynski is still preying on desperate cancer patients? ap...
Source: Respectful Insolence - May 1, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking antineoplastons Burzynski Clinic CHIPSA Hospital Demi Knight Eric Merola featured Gerson protocol medulloblastoma Stanislaw Burzynski Source Type: blogs

Vaccine scientist and advocate Dr. Paul Offit receives a much-deserved award
With the weekend so busy that the cracks were starting to show in Orac's blogging activity, Orac nearly missed posting. Fortunately, he learned that Dr. Paul Offit received the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal for his vaccine science and advocacy. Orac is, of course, more than happy to congratulate him. The post Vaccine scientist and advocate Dr. Paul Offit receives a much-deserved award appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 30, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Albert Sabin featured Jake Crosby Paul Offit Rotateq rotavirus stalker vaccines Source Type: blogs

A not-so-Thinking Mom loves a crooked antivaccine “ theory ” by Forrest Maready
Zoe O'Toole, aka "The Professor" at an antivaccine crank blog known as The Thinking Moms' Revolution, likes to think she's figured out this whole science thing. Her falling for "crooked theory," an impressively daft piece of antivaccine pseudoscience by Forrest Maready, shows her self-delusion on that score. The post A not-so-Thinking Mom loves a crooked antivaccine “theory” by Forrest Maready appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 27, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Pseudoscience Quackery aluminum Crooked featured Professor TMR The Professor The Thinking Moms' Revolution Zoey O'Toole Source Type: blogs

Jennifer Margulis: Another rising star in the antivaccine movement
I've mentioned Dr. Paul Thomas before as a rising star in the antivaccine movement. A month and a half later, it occurs to me that I haven't given proper due to his co-author, Jennifer Margulis, as an equally prominent rising star in the same crank movement. Here, I rectify that oversight. The post Jennifer Margulis: Another rising star in the antivaccine movement appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 25, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Bad science Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Age of Autism featured Jennifer Margulis Paul Thomas Robert Sears Source Type: blogs

Only a homeopath has a belief system bizarre enough to defend a remedy based on spit from a rabid dog
Last week, naturopath and homeopath Anke Zimmermann made the news for using lyssinum, a homeopathic remedy based on saliva from a rabid dog, to treat a four year old boy with behavioral problems. This week, Zimmermann strikes back against her critics. Hilarity ensues. The post Only a homeopath has a belief system bizarre enough to defend a remedy based on spit from a rabid dog appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 24, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Homeopathy Medicine Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Anke Zimmermann featured Source Type: blogs

Integrating homeopathy with medicine: Not the “ best of both worlds ”
Advocates of "integrative medicine" argue that integrating alternative medicine with real medicine represents the "best of both worlds." A recent study by Ben Goldacre suggests that, in reality, integrating quackery with medicine infects medicine with pseudoscience and poor practice. The post Integrating homeopathy with medicine: Not the “best of both worlds” appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 20, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Homeopathy Medicine Naturopathy Ben Goldacre Edzard Ernst featured quackery Source Type: blogs

Naturopathy: Using homeopathic saliva from a rabid dog to cure growling, aggression, and a fear of werewolves
Whenever I think I've seen the most ridiculous quackery ever in homeopathy or naturopathy, homeopaths and naturopaths go above and beyond to prove me wrong. This time around, I learn of Lyssinum, a homeopathic remedy claimed to have been made from the saliva of a rabid dog, and how it "cured" a child of his fear of werewolves. The post Naturopathy: Using homeopathic saliva from a rabid dog to cure growling, aggression, and a fear of werewolves appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 19, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Homeopathy Medicine Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Anke Zimmermann featured hydrophobium Lyssin Lyssinum miasm rabies rabies miasm Samuel Hahnemann The Golden Bough werewolf Source Type: blogs

The quackademic avalanche: Is it too late for the pebbles to vote?
I’ve documented the infiltration of quackery into academic medicine through the “integration” of mystical and prescientific treatment modalities into medicine. Here, I look at a seemingly small incident, a veritable pebble in the quackademic avalanche. Is it too late for the pebbles to vote? The post The quackademic avalanche: Is it too late for the pebbles to vote? appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 16, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bad science Cancer Medicine Naturopathy Quackery Cedars-Sinai complementary and alternative medicine featured integrative medicine quackademic medicine Source Type: blogs

fake m édicine: Science-based medicine versus homeopathy in France
Homeopathy is The One Quackery To Rule Them All. The same is true all over the world. It's also true that the preferred tactic of homeopaths and other quacks is to try to suppress criticism of their quackery, not to answer it with science. During Homeopathy Awareness Week, I present an example of this in France. The post fake médicine: Science-based medicine versus homeopathy in France appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 13, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Homeopathy Medicine Politics Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery #fakemed fake medicine featured France Homeopathy Awareness Week science-based medicine The One Quackery To Rule Them All Source Type: blogs

The dubious cancer “ virotherapy ” Rigvir returns with an equally dubious case report
Rigvir is a "virotherapy" from Latvia promoted by the International Virotherapy Center and, increasingly, by alternative cancer clinics. There is no convincing scientific evidence for its efficacy. That didn't stop its advocates from presenting a case report. Not surprisingly, the case report isn't convincing either. The post The dubious cancer “virotherapy” Rigvir returns with an equally dubious case report appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 11, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery case report featured International Virotherapy Center Rigvir Source Type: blogs

Homeopathy Awareness Week 2018 starts today. Let ’ s help celebrate by reminding people that it ’ s quackery!
Homeopathy Awareness Week starts today. Terrifyingly, the theme this year is "Homeopathy for Pregnancy an Childbirth." Here, Orac does his part to celebrate by reminding his readers once again why homeopathy remains The One Quackery To Rule Them All. The post Homeopathy Awareness Week 2018 starts today. Let’s help celebrate by reminding people that it’s quackery! appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 10, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Homeopathy Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery featured Homeopathy Awareness Week Samuel Hahnemann world homeopathy awareness week Source Type: blogs

Conspiratorial fear mongering about cell phones and cancer, courtesy of The Nation
The overwhelming scientific consensus is that it is incredibly unlikely that cell phone radiation causes cancer or other health problems. That doesn't stop The Nation from constructing a conspiracy theory inn which cell phone companies are likened to tobacco companies in their campaign of denial designed to hide evidence of harm while disingenuously claiming to be neutral regarding the science and saying that scientists should determine whether radiation from cell phones is hazardous. The post Conspiratorial fear mongering about cell phones and cancer, courtesy of The Nation appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source:...
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 9, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bad science Biology Cancer Medicine cell phones featured George Carlo International Agency for Research on Cancer Lennart Hardell Mark Dowie Mark Hertsgaard National Toxicology Program The Nation Source Type: blogs

Conspiratorial ear mongering about cell phones and cancer, courtesy of The Nation
The overwhelming scientific consensus is that it is incredibly unlikely that cell phone radiation causes cancer or other health problems. That doesn't stop The Nation from constructing a conspiracy theory inn which cell phone companies are likened to tobacco companies in their campaign of denial designed to hide evidence of harm while disingenuously claiming to be neutral regarding the science and saying that scientists should determine whether radiation from cell phones is hazardous. The post Conspiratorial ear mongering about cell phones and cancer, courtesy of The Nation appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: ...
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 9, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bad science Biology Cancer Medicine cell phones featured George Carlo International Agency for Research on Cancer Lennart Hardell Mark Dowie Mark Hertsgaard National Toxicology Program The Nation Source Type: blogs

Old guard antivaccine activist J. B. Handley loses his best platform to spread misinformation
J. B. Handley and Orac go way back (to 2005), when Orac first encountered Handley's brand of blustering, arrogantly ignorant antivaccine pseudoscience. Lately, Handley's been blogging over at Medium. A couple of weeks ago, Medium kicked him off its platform for violating its TOS. Schadenfreude ensues. The post Old guard antivaccine activist J. B. Handley loses his best platform to spread misinformation appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 6, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Computers Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery featured J.B. Handley Medium social media Source Type: blogs

Quoth antivaccine “ warrior mamma ” Brittney Kara: If vaccines are so great, why aren ’ t they mentioned in the Bible?
Orac has heard some really silly arguments by antivaxers against vaccines in his time blogging. Indeed, he thought he had heard them all. He was wrong. Did you know that the Bible didn't mention vaccines? And that pharmaceuticals are sorcery? Brittney Kara tells us so! The post Quoth antivaccine “warrior mamma” Brittney Kara: If vaccines are so great, why aren’t they mentioned in the Bible? appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 5, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Quackery Religion Brittney Kara featured pharmakeia sorcery The Bible vaccines Source Type: blogs

The previously undiscovered organ known as the “ interstitium ” revisited: The Deepak Chopra connection
Yesterday, Orac discussed a widely hyped new scientific finding of a "new organ" known as the interstitium, in which the authors of the study suggested that their findings might "explain" acupuncture. Today, Orac realizes that the woo goes much, much deeper. Deepak Chopra, anyone? The post The previously undiscovered organ known as the “interstitium” revisited: The Deepak Chopra connection appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 4, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Physics Quackery Religion Science Skepticism/critical thinking acupuncture Deepak Chopra featured interstitium Neil Theise Source Type: blogs

The “ interstitium ” : Interesting science versus PR spin and pseudoscience
Last week, the media were awash with reports of the "interstitium," which was dramatically described as a hitherto undiscovered "organ," a narrative that was definitely a triumph of PR over science that went beyond what even the investigators claimed in their paper. Worse, the investigators themselves even speculated that their discovery could "explain" acupuncture and other kinds of alternative medicine, thus providing an opening for quacks to run wild with their discovery, something I expect to see very soon. The post The “interstitium”: Interesting science versus PR spin and pse...
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 3, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Biology Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Integrative medicine Science acupressure acupuncture collagen complementary and alternative mediciner featured interstitium lymphatic system Neil Theise quackery Rebecca Wel Source Type: blogs

The deadly false hope of German alternative cancer clinics, part 3: Hallwang Clinic revisited
I've written twice before about German alternative medicine cancer clinics, the quackery they ply, and how they take advantage of desperate cancer patients. Finally, in a disturbing report a journalist has investigated what one of these clinics (Hallwang) does and how such clinics can continue to operate. The post The deadly false hope of German alternative cancer clinics, part 3: Hallwang Clinic revisited appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - April 2, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Medicine Quackery alternative medicine Farrah Fawcett featured Hallwang Clinic Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic Source Type: blogs

#SaidNoMother: Combining dehumanization of autistic people with antivaccine pseudoscience in time for Autism Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month is nearly upon us again. Unfortunately, the antivaccine movement has found a new way to ruin it by hijacking autism awareness to promote their antivaccine pseudoscience and quackery, along with contempt for autistic people. Behold #SaidNoMother and #SaidNoFather. The post #SaidNoMother: Combining dehumanization of autistic people with antivaccine pseudoscience in time for Autism Awareness Month appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 30, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking #SaidNoFather #SaidNoMother featured pseudoscience Source Type: blogs

Children with autism are less likely to be fully vaccinated. Thanks, antivaxers!
One of the central myths of the antivaccine movement is that vaccines cause autism. Consequently, researchers looked at vaccination rates in children with autism spectrum disorder and their younger siblings and found both groups were significantly less likely to be fully vaccinated. Thanks, antivaxers. The post Children with autism are less likely to be fully vaccinated. Thanks, antivaxers! appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 28, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Medicine Science autism spectrum disorder featured vaccine hesitancy Source Type: blogs

Along with the NIH budget hike comes a less welcome large hike in the budget for quackery for the NCCIH
Earlier this month, Congress passed an omnibus budget bill that provided a large hike in the budget the National Institutes of Health. Unfortunately, along with that budget hike was an even bigger percent hike for the NIH's bastion of quackery, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. How did this happen? The post Along with the NIH budget hike comes a less welcome large hike in the budget for quackery for the NCCIH appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 27, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bad science Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Integrative medicine Naturopathy Politics Pseudoscience Quackery featured National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine National Center for Complementary a Source Type: blogs

The World Health Organization: Integrating quackery into the ICD-11
ICD-10 is an a standardized system of alphanumeric codes for diagnoses maintained by the World Health Organization used throughout the world for billing, epidemiology, research, and cataloging causes of death. Its successor, ICD-11, is nearing completion, and unfortunately appears to be taking the “integration” of traditional medicine to a whole new level by integrating quack diagnoses with real diagnoses. The post The World Health Organization: Integrating quackery into the ICD-11 appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 26, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Integrative medicine Politics Quackery Science Skepticism/critical thinking Chairman Mao Zedong featured ICD-11 traditional Chinese medicine traditional medicine World Health Organization Source Type: blogs

Bee venom acupuncture: Deadly quackery that can kill
Bee venom acupuncture is a form of apitherapy (treatment with bee products, such as venom, honey, or pollen) in which bee venom is injected along acupuncture points, often by actual bees. It also recently resulted in the death of a woman from anaphylactic shock. Basically, the use of bee venom acupuncture cannot be justified because it has no proven benefits and is potentially deadly. The post Bee venom acupuncture: Deadly quackery that can kill appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 23, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Popular culture Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking acupuncture anaphylactic shock apitherapy bee pollen bee venom bee venom acupuncture featured Goop Gwyneth Paltrow Source Type: blogs

The Global Coherence Initiative: Woo on a global scale
The HeartMath Institute runs a project that it calls the Global Coherence Initiative. It's main idea is that we are all interconnected, including through the earth's electromagnetic field. Unfortunately, Scientific Reports published some bad science whose purpose is to support Deepak Chopra-level woo. The post The Global Coherence Initiative: Woo on a global scale appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 21, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bad science Medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking autonomic nervous system cardiology featured Global Coherence Initiative heart rate variance HeartMath Institute solar wind Source Type: blogs

Senator Patrick Colbeck ’ s embrace of pseudoscience goes farther than I thought
My state senator, Patrick Colbeck, has repeatedly sided with antivaxers in promoting legislation that would make it easier to get personal belief exemptions to school vaccine mandates. Now I find out that he's an "electromagnetic hypersensitivity" crank as well. And he's running for governor. The post Senator Patrick Colbeck’s embrace of pseudoscience goes farther than I thought appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 20, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine antivaccine Bioinitiative Report electromagnetic fields featured Patrick Colbeck vaccines wifi Source Type: blogs

Biodynamic farming: Like anthroposophic medicine, only on the farm
Rudolf Steiner had a farm, and on that farm he had some woo. It is called biodynamic farming, and what woo it is! The post Biodynamic farming: Like anthroposophic medicine, only on the farm appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 19, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking anthroposophic medicine Benzinger Family Winery biodynamic farming featured GMO Rudolf Steiner Source Type: blogs

Are antivaccine groups “ hate groups ” ? Not exactly, but the answer isn ’ t entirely no, either.
Recently, Dr. Peter Hotez characterized antivaccine groups as "hate groups," and antivaxer Barbara Loe Fisher took great umbrage, accusing Dr. Hotez and the public health community of "bullying" parents of "vaccine-injured" children. Did Dr. Hotez go too far? And what about Fisher's hypocrisy, given that Dr. Hotez has received death threats credible enough to warrant police protection and Fisher herself has sued her critics, in effect trying to bully them into silence? The post Are antivaccine groups “hate groups”? Not exactly, but the answer isn’t entirely no, either. appear...
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 16, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Holocaust Medicine Politics Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking World War II Barbara Loe Fisher featured hate group National Vaccine Information Center NVIC Paul Offit Pete Source Type: blogs

A bad week for homeopathy is a good week for science
It's been a bad week for homeopathy. First, the NHS in the UK has stopped funding homeopathy in London. Then, news stories appeared about research fraud and a retracted clinical trial of homeopathy for cancer in which the investigators had already been arrested. So sad! The post A bad week for homeopathy is a good week for science appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 14, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Aradeep Chatterjee Ashim Chatterjee Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine featured Prince Charles Royal London Homeopathi Source Type: blogs

Antonietta Gatti and Stefano Montanari: A strange antivaccine conspiracy theory from Italy
A year ago, I wrote about some bad science from Italy from Stefano Montanari and Antonietta Gatti, in which an electron microscope was used and abused to claim that vaccines are contaminated with horrific "nanoparticles." A year later, Gatti and Montanari's homes, labs, and offices were raided and their computers seized in an investigation. Not surprisingly, the antivaccine movement has spun a conspiracy theory out of the raid. The real explanation is likely to be much less sinister. The post Antonietta Gatti and Stefano Montanari: A strange antivaccine conspiracy theory from Italy appeared first on RESPECTFUL IN...
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 13, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Bad science Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Antonietta Gatti Beppo Grillo electron microscope featured Five Star Movement nanoparticles Stefano Montanari vacci Source Type: blogs

The cruel sham that is “ right-to-try ” will be up for a vote in the House tomorrow
It's finally happened. A "right-to-try" bill is coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives. It's been slightly modified from the version that passed the Senate last year to make it less patient-hostile, but it's still the same cruel sham that right-to-try has always been. The post The cruel sham that is “right-to-try” will be up for a vote in the House tomorrow appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 12, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Medicine Politics Popular culture fda featured Food and Drug Administration Goldwater Institute institutional review board IRB right to try Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2017 Source Type: blogs

Dr. Paul Thomas: A rising star in the antivaccine movement
For credibility, the antivaccine movement needs antivaccine pediatricians, such as Dr. Jay Gordon and Dr. Bob Sears. Meet the pediatrician who is the latest rising star in the antivaccine movement, Dr. Paul Thomas. He even claims to have his very own "vaxed vs. unvaxed" study. The post Dr. Paul Thomas: A rising star in the antivaccine movement appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 9, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Bad science Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Bob Sears featured Paul Thomas Pediatric Health Outcomes Initiative registry vaccines Source Type: blogs

Yet more evidence that the antivaccine trope of “ too many too soon ” is nonsense
One of the most persuasive antivaccine talking points to parents tends to be the claim that babies are getting "too many too soon." Here's yet more evidence added to copious other evidence that this particular trope is just that, a trope. The post Yet more evidence that the antivaccine trope of “too many too soon” is nonsense appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 7, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Clinical trials Medicine case control study featured quackery too many too soon Vaccine Safety Datalink vaccines VAERS VSD Source Type: blogs

How quacks sell dubious stem cell therapies
More and more, alternative medicine practitioners are offering unproven, almost certainly ineffective, and potentially dangerous stem cell therapies. How are they doing it? The post How quacks sell dubious stem cell therapies appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 6, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bioethics Medicine Pseudoscience Quackery alternative medicine featured integrative medicine Naturopaths stem cells Source Type: blogs

I see … schadenfreude. Natural News banned from YouTube.
Over the weekend YouTube deleted the Natural News channel, which is the video arm of Mike Adams' online quackery empire. Adams, not surprisingly is ranting about "censorship." it's not. The post I see…schadenfreude. Natural News banned from YouTube. appeared first on RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE. (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 5, 2018 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Computers Medicine Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery antivaccine featured Google Mike Adams Natural News YouTube Source Type: blogs