One more time: Vaccine refusal endangers everyone, not just the unvaccinated
One of the more frequent claims of antivaccine activists often comes in the form of a disingenuous question. Well, maybe it’s not entirely disingenuous, given that many antivaccinationists seem to believe premise behind it. The question usually takes a form something like, “If your child is vaccinated, why are you worried about my children? They… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 17, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery measles MMR pertussis Source Type: blogs

Bad news continues to accumulate for “pH Miracle Living” quack Robert O. Young
Last night was one of those nights where, for whatever reason, I ran out of steam. Whether it was residual effects from the change to daylight savings time this weekend or just a day in the operating room, I don’t know, but I crashed on the couch hard, at least until lighting and thunder from… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 16, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Quackery alkaline diet alkaline lifestyle fraud pH Miracle Living Robert O. Young Source Type: blogs

Homeopathy for autism? That’s certainly not thinking!
I write about homeopathy fairly regularly on this blog because there is no quackery that is (1) so obviously quackery and (2) such a perfect topic to use to illustrate a lot of issues relevant to medical science, such as issues in clinical trials resulting in false positives and, of course, placebo effects. Basically, homeopathy… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 15, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Amy Lansky Autism homeopathy Lycopodium Syphilinum Tuberculinum Source Type: blogs

Mike Adams explains how to “naturally detox” from mandatory vaccines. It backfires.
One of the most pernicious lies promoted by the antivaccine movement is a trope that I’ve labeled the “toxins gambit.” Basically, it’s the lie, oft repeated in hysterical terms, that there are all sorts of horrible toxic chemicals in vaccines, and it is those toxic substances that are responsible for the claimed adverse effects of… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 14, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery detoxification mercury Mike Adams thimerosal vaccines Source Type: blogs

Another child dead from quackery: The parents say they’re being persecuted in a plot to impose forced vaccination
A couple of days ago, I wrote about a story of a sort that I’ve had to write about far too many times over the last eleven years. I wrote about the death of a child—but not just any death of a child, the death of a child who could have—should have—lived. The child’s name… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 11, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Collet Stephan David Stephan Ezekiel Stephan haemophilus influenza type b Hib naturopath Source Type: blogs

Once again, Facebook reporting algorithms facilitate harassment of pro-science advocates by antivaccine cranks
Nearly eleven years ago, back in April 2005, I opened my work e-mail (I was working at a different university back then) and saw an e-mail from someone whose name I had seen before, one Mr. William P. O’Neill. Opening the e-mail, I was shocked to find an e-mail to Orac; worse, the e-mail was… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 10, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Computers Quackery Allison Hagood Canadian Cancer Research Group Dorit Rubinstein Facebook harassment Heather Ann Murray Peter Bowditch sexual harassment Skeptical Raptor Source Type: blogs

Another child dead from quackery
Naturopathy is quackery, and, like many forms of quackery, it kills. People who trust naturopaths to treat actual serious diseases instead of using real doctors and real medicine dramatically decrease their odds of surviving a serious illness. While competent adults have every right to make that choice, to use fake medicine instead of real medicine,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 9, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Collet Stephan David Stephan Ezekiel Stephan meningitis Source Type: blogs

No, cancer is not the “best death,” and curing cancer would be anything but a waste of resources
Medical research is a scientific enterprise, but, like most areas of science, nonscientific considerations have a great deal of influence over what sorts of research are funded. This is true regardless of who is funding the research. When it’s the government, obviously it’s impossible to avoid some degree of politics. (Indeed, politics is largely responsible… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 8, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Science chemotherapy palliative care Richard Smith treatment Source Type: blogs

No, cancer is not the “best death,” and curing cancer would be anything but a waste of time
Medical research is a scientific enterprise, but, like most areas of science, nonscientific considerations have a great deal of influence over what sorts of research are funded. This is true regardless of who is funding the research. When it’s the government, obviously it’s impossible to avoid some degree of politics. (Indeed, politics is largely responsible… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 8, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Science chemotherapy palliative care Richard Smith treatment Source Type: blogs

Contrary to antivaccine claims, childhood immunization schedules are evidence-based
I write about vaccines a lot here at Respectful Insolence, and for a very good reason. Of all the medical interventions devised by the brains of humans, arguably vaccines have saved more lives and prevented more disability than any other medical treatment. When it comes to infectious disease, vaccination is the ultimate in preventive medicine,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 7, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Skepticism/critical thinking Andrew Wakefield Carrie L Byington evidence-based medicine Kathryn M Edwards methodolatry science-based medicine Tom Jefferson vaccines Source Type: blogs

“Cat-upuncture”? What did those poor cats ever do to deserve this?
Acupuncture is quackery. As with naturopathy (a medical pseudo-“specialty” that embraces acupuncture and other so-called traditional Chinese medicine), when I write about acupuncture I like to start out with a provocative statement, a statement of—dare I say it?—judgment in order to shock new readers and let them know exactly where I’m coming from. Why I… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 4, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking acupuncture cats traditional Chinese medicine veterinary medicine Source Type: blogs

An antivaccine mother asks for advice on Reddit about how to convince the baby’s father not to vaccinate. It doesn’t go well.
Well, I’m here. Yes, last night I arrived in Boston for the Society of Surgical Oncology meeting down at the convention center. For any skeptics who might be so inclined the Boston Skeptics are planning a meetup on Saturday, details firming up. No talk this time, but at least we can hang out for a… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 3, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking antivaccine quantum quackery Reddit scams vaccines Source Type: blogs

Quackademic medicine: “Wildly successful” at the Cleveland Clinic?
It’s no secret that my odds of ever landing a job at the Cleveland Clinic are probably slim and none, at least if anyone there ever Googles my name, particularly if they Google it with the words “Cleveland Clinic” added. The reason, of course, is that I’ve been very critical of the Cleveland Clinic’s wholesale… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 2, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Cleveland Clinic Foundation functional medicine Mark Hyman Source Type: blogs

One more time: There’s no evidence Gardasil causes premature ovarian failure
Here we go again. When you’ve been blogging for over 11 years, particularly when what you blog about is skepticism and science-based medicine, with a special emphasis on taking down quackery (particularly cancer and antivaccine quackery), inevitably you see the same misinformation and lies pop up from time to time. Indeed, those of us in… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - March 1, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking American College of Pediatrics Cervarix Gardasil hpv polysorbate 80 premature ovarian failure Source Type: blogs

Sh*t naturopaths say, part 4: Naturopathic oncology versus science
Last week, I revisited a topic I first discussed in 2014 a couple of times. It is a topic that I find simultaneously amusing and depressing at the same time, specifically a private discussion forum known as Naturopathic Chat, or NatChat for short—or, as I like to say, Sh*t Naturopaths Say When They Think No… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 29, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Source Type: blogs

The Woo Boat, part 2: Andrew Wakefield versus the skeptics
About six months ago, I was highly amused to discover something called the Conspira-Sea Cruise, which I referred to at The Woo Boat. As I said at the time, file this one under the category: You can’t make stuff like this up. Certainly, I couldn’t. I’ve never been on a cruise. Quite frankly, the very… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 26, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Andrew Wakefield Anna Merlan Bronwen Dickey CDC whistleblower Colin McRoberts Conspira-Sea Cruise conspiracy theories David Sean Morton vaccines Source Type: blogs

Sh*t naturopaths say, part 3: Nobody expects the Spanish Naturopathic Inquisition!
When last I visited this topic, I was highly tempted to start out out by making a simple observation, namely by quoting John Wooden’s famous adage, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” Since I didn’t use it for the two posts I did on this… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 25, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking antivaccine Colleen Huber Eric Yarnell FABNO Michael Uzick Mona Morstein NatChat Naturopathic Chat naturopathic oncology vaccin Source Type: blogs

No, cell phones are not “cooking men’s sperm”
I’ve written several times over the years about the overblown claims of harm attributed, largely—but not exclusively—by cranks, to cell phone radiation. It’s been claimed that radiation from cell phones can cause brain tumors (there’s no convincing evidence that this is true), breast cancer (the evidence for these claims is so incredibly flimsy—and featured by… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 24, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking cell phone infertility male factor infertility Martha Dirnfeld mobile phone radio waves sperm Technion Uni Source Type: blogs

Stanislaw Burzynski in NEWSWEEK: How long can his “unprecedented medical malfeasance” continue?
I didn’t think I’d be writing about Stanislaw Burzynski again so soon, but to my surprise a very good article in Newsweek describing cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski popped up in my Google Alerts yesterday. I hadn’t expected much in the way of news coverage about Burzynski for several months, given that the second half of… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 23, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Popular culture Quackery antineoplastons fda Stanislaw Burzynski Source Type: blogs

No, DDT won’t save us from the Zika virus
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last decade-plus of blogging about medicine and alternative medicine, it’s that any time there is an outbreak or pandemic of infectious disease, there will inevitably follow major conspiracy theories about it. It happened during the H1N1 pandemic in the 2009-2010 influenza season, the Ebola outbreak in late… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 22, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Biology Medicine Politics Popular culture Source Type: blogs

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders: Embracing “integrative medicine” quackery?
One of the most frequent claims of supporters of so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), which goes by the Orwellian name “integrative medicine,” is that it represents “integrating” alternative medicine with science-based medicine to produce the “best of both worlds.” Of course, when I think of the best of both worlds, I usually think of… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 19, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Politics Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking 2016 Presidential Election Bernie Sanders Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Hillary Rodham Clinton integrative medicine Source Type: blogs

Exactly what Flint doesn’t need: Mike Adams and his secondhand mass spectrometer
My state is screwed up, and the epicenter of the fallout from the dysfunctional mess that is the Michigan state government is the city of Flint. As you probably recall, around the holidays a story that had previously been mainly a Michigan story broke nationally in a big way. It is the story of how… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 18, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Flint lead Legionnaires Disease Marc Edwards mass spectroscopy Miguel Del Toral Mike Adams Mona Hanna-Attish Source Type: blogs

No, Gardasil does not cause behavioral problems
Believe it or not, I frequently peruse Retraction Watch, the blog that does basically what its title says: It watches for retracted articles in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and reports on them. Rare is it that a retracted paper gets by the watchful eyes of the bloggers there. So it was that the other day… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 17, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine adjuvant aluminum Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants C57BL/6 Christopher Shaw Gardasil Gregory Poland Lucija Tomljenovic retraction Retraction Watch Yeh Source Type: blogs

Oh, myyyy! George Takei falls for a Zika virus conspiracy theory
It really sucks when a celebrity you like and admire screws up. Before social media, you might never have known whether stars were prone to bouts of excessive credulity when it comes to medicine, conspiracy theories, the paranormal, or whatever. Twenty years ago, for instance, few might ever have known that Jenny McCarthy was into… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 15, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Science fiction/fantasy Skepticism/critical thinking conspiracy George Takei Hikaru Sulu microcephaly Pyriproxyfen Star Trek Zika virus Source Type: blogs

An alternative cancer cure testimonial, mistletoe, and Johns Hopkins University
Ever since the beginning of this blog, there’s one topic I’ve explored many, many times, mainly because of its direct relationship to my profession as a cancer surgeon. That topic is, of course, the question of why people fall for alternative medicine cancer “cures.” It started with one of my very earliest posts and continued… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 12, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking colon cancer johns hopkins university Jvelisse Page Luis Diaz mistletoe Paul Hinderberger Source Type: blogs

Zika virus and microcephaly: Antivaccine warriors say it’s vaccines that did it!
Last week, I wrote about how conspiracy theories have been flowing fast and furious about the Zika virus and microcephaly. Even if you didn’t see that post (perhaps instead having seen this one), you’ve probably seen the news reports describing how last fall the observation of a large number of cases of microcephaly, characterized by… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 11, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Quackery Science Skepticism/critical thinking AAPS Aedes aegypti American Association of Physicians and Surgeons Brazil Competitive Enterprise Institute DD Source Type: blogs

Naturopathy advances in Hawaii
Naturopathy is quackery. That can’t be said often enough. After all, any “discipline” that not only incorporates homeopathy as a major part of its training but also requires that its graduates pass a test with a section on homeopathy certainly can’t be considered science-based. Actually, to be more accurate, naturopathy is probably at least 80%… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 10, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Hawaii Hawaii Medical Service Association Source Type: blogs

A quack goes to prison, but it’s not enough
If there’s one thing that’s frustrating about the U.S. justice system, it’s just how slow the wheels of justice grind. For example, it’s hard to believe that it was over two years ago that “pH Miracle” quack Robert O. Young was arrested for fraud, grand theft, and practicing medicine without a license, producing one of… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 9, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Antoine Bechamps bacteria jury Robert O. Young virus Source Type: blogs

Did chiropractic manipulation of her neck cause Katie May’s stroke?
Katie May was a model, and by all accounts a very successful one, having appeared in Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and other magazines and websites. Self-proclaimed the “Queen of Snapchat,” she also had nearly two million Instagram followers and was a major social media force, having recently parlayed her modeling and social media career into becoming… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 8, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Biology Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Science carotid artery Chiropractic dissection Katie May neck manipulation stroke vertebral artery Source Type: blogs

Zika virus and microcephaly: The conspiracy theories flow fast and furious
It’s an oft-stated cliche that our children our our future. That’s the reason stories involving dire threats to children are considered so terrifying. It’s why, for instance, Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End resonated so creepily. After all, as part of the end of civilization, a frightening change came over the children, who became far superior… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 5, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery GMOs John Rappaport microcephaly Mike Adams mosquito vaccines Zika virus Source Type: blogs

Who knew? Tightening up requirements for waivers for school vaccine requirements increases vaccine uptake! (Part two)
Well, it’s finally done. The grants that have been taking up so much of my time are finally with the grants office and, hopefully, won’t have too many errors flagged as they go through the validation process. So it’s time to get back into that blogging thing again, even though I’m admittedly tired. So I’ll… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 4, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Quackery antivaccine California Michigan nonmedical exemptions personal belief exemptions SB 277 school Source Type: blogs

Same as it ever was: Antivaccine crank Bill Maher loves him some HIV/AIDS quackery
I know I must be getting older because of Friday nights. I also know that I’m getting older because (1) there was no new post yesterday and (2) even today this post will look familiar to a significant number of our readership. Mea culpa, but trying to put the finishing touches on two R01 grants… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 3, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Television Bill Maher Charlie Sheen HBO HIV/AIDS induced remission therapy nemesis theory Real Time With Bill Maher Richard Dawkins Award Samir Chachoua vaccine Source Type: blogs

From deep in the heart of the “organized campaign” against Judy Wilyman’s antivaccine PhD thesis
Politicians and activists know that one of the most effective ways to discredit critics is to try to portray them as (1) being in the pay of someone else, such as a big corporation, or (2) part of an “organized” effort to criticize them, or (3) preferably both. That’s why antivaccine cranks are so fast… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - February 1, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Australian Vaccination Network Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network Brian Martin Judy Wilyman PhD SAVN Stop the AVN Source Type: blogs

Who knew? Tightening up requirements for waivers for school vaccine requirements increases vaccine uptake!
Michigan is a frustrating state to live in these days. Our state government has just shown itself to be epically incompetent in its handling of the Flint water crisis, which I’ve written about a couple of times before. Our legislature repealed our mandatory motorcycle helmet law, and as a result in this state motorcycles are… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 29, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Popular culture Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Flint water crisis Gary Glenn Joel Johnson Ken Goike lead Michigan personal belief exemptions Ray Fra Source Type: blogs

Quoth Dave Mastio on the Flint water crisis: Don’t worry, be happy. Things were worse in the past
It’s been nearly three weeks since I wrote about how an imperative to save money at all costs combined with gross incompetence to poison Flint’s children with lead. In (very) brief, the city of Flint decided to switch from buying water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) to a new water source. Unfortunately,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 28, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking blood lead levels David Mastio emergency manager Flint Flint water crisis lead poisoning Michigan Mona Hanna-Attisha USA Today Source Type: blogs

Ben Swann’s long-awaited report on the “CDC whistleblower” goes over like a lead balloon of antivaccine misinformation
Ben Swann, anchor of the evening news for the local Atlanta CBS affiliate and the face of his Truth In Media series of videos, thinks himself an investigative journalist and a truth teller, but much of what I see him reporting more closely resembles reporting as though done by a cross between Ted Baxter, Ron… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 27, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Andrew Wakefield Ben Swann Brian Hooker CDC CDC whistleblower CDCwhistleblower Mark Blaxill Source Type: blogs

Predatory open access journals and a crank mutual admiration society
I know I really shouldn’t peruse NaturalNews.com too often. It’s bad for my blood pressure, and, like many old farts on the wrong side of 50, I do have a touch of the ol’ hypertension. Reading Mike Adams’ blather risks raising that blood pressure either through causing me to laugh uproariously at the sheer idiocy… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 26, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking antivaccine Kevin Mugur Galalae Mike Adams OMICS Group open access predatory journal predatory open access journal vaccines Source Type: blogs

Repealing motorcycle helmet laws: Making motorcycles even more into donorcycles
It’s a seldom mentioned aspect of my professional history that I used to do a lot of trauma surgery in my youth. I did my residency at a program that included a county hospital with a busy trauma program where I saw quite a bit of vehicular carnage and an urban hospital (which has since… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 25, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Politics Popular culture Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Surgery ABATE donorcycle helmet motorcycle Vince Consiglio Source Type: blogs

The rise of a new grief vampire
I don’t write about psychics that often. Most commonly, when I do, it’s about psychics making claims that could be construed as medical claims, such as when America’s Quack, Dr. Mehmet Oz brought psychic scammers like John Edward and the “Long Island Medium” Theresa Caputo, even going so far as to imply that psychics can… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 22, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Paranormal Religion Skepticism/critical thinking Dr. Oz Dr. Phil E! grief vampire Mehmet Oz psychic scammer Tyler Henry Source Type: blogs

Will 2016 be the year when the FDA and FTC finally crack down on homeopathy?
I like to say that homeopathy is The One Quackery To Rule Them All (although of late I’ve debated whether homeopathy or reiki is the most properly referred to as that). It’s a strange beast, homeopathy. Its two main “Laws” are so clearly pseudoscience that you’d think that no one could ever fall for something… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 21, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking fda FTC New England Journal of Medicine Source Type: blogs

Brian Martin again: Criticizing Judy Wilyman’s antivaccine thesis is suppression of dissent
One of the cool things about being a longtime blogger in the skeptical world with a reasonably high profile is that I’ve met, either virtually or in person at various skeptic conferences, a wide variety of people from all over the world. One place in particular that has a vibrant skeptic movement is, of course,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 20, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking academia antivaccine Australia Australian Vaccination Network Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network Brian Martin Judy Wilyman Stop Source Type: blogs

You stay away from Ziggy Stardust and Severus Snape, Mike Adams!
I’ve been a big fan of David Bowie ever since high school. True, I didn’t appreciate his less mainstream stuff as intensely as I do now until I had been in college a couple of years, but it’s not an inaccurate to characterize the effect of David Bowie’s art on my life as significant. Basically,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 19, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Movies Music Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Alan Rickman Beau Biden chemotherapy David Bowie Die Hard Elizabeth Edwards Farrah Fawcett Harry P Source Type: blogs

Makayla Sault’s mother: Racism, trust, and science-based medicine
One of the recurring topics I write about is, of course, cancer quackery. It goes right back to the very beginning of this blog, to my very earliest posts more than 11 years ago. Over the years I’ve covered more cases than I can remember of patients relying on quackery instead of real medicine. In… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 18, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine History Politics Quackery Religion Science Skepticism/critical thinking aborigine acute lymphoblastic leukemia Brian Clement Canada chemotherapy First Nations Justice Gethin Edward Source Type: blogs

Eric Merola releases a 2016 “update” of his original movie about Stanislaw Burzynski, and the misinformation flows (again)
I feel as though I’m experiencing an acid flashback to 2011, and I’ve never in my entire life once tried acid—or any mind-altering substance other than booze. What am I talking about? Let’s take a trip down memory lane, if you will, back to those halcyon days of—oh—five years ago. That was the time when… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 15, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Science Skepticism/critical thinking antineoplastons Bob Blaskiewicz Eric Merola fda propaganda quackery skeptics Stanislaw Burzynski Texas Medical Board Source Type: blogs

Brian Martin and Judy Wilyman: Promoting antivaccine pseudoscience as “dissent”
Yesterday, I wrote about what can only be described as an academic travesty. What riled me up sufficiently to lay a heapin’ helpin’ of not-so-Respectful Insolence on a graduate student named Judy Wilyman, her PhD thesis advisor Brian Martin, and the University of Wollongong was the fact that Wilyman is an antivaccine loon and the… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 14, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine antivaccine Brian Martin Judy Wilyman quackery University of Wollongong Source Type: blogs

The University of Wollongong issues a PhD in antivaccine pseudoscience
I remember my PhD thesis. In particular, I remember the years of work that went into it. I remember being grilled (with good, constructive intent) by my thesis committee a couple of times a year as I worked on it. I remember the many, many hours spend writing it. And, above all, I remember the… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 13, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Brian Martin Judy Wilyman PhD thesis quackery University of Wollongong Source Type: blogs

Breast cancer and delays in surgery
Every so often there are studies that I really mean to write about but, for whatever reason, don’t manage to get to. Sometimes I get a chance to get back to them. Sometimes I don’t. This time around I’m getting back to such a topic. This time around it’s a topic I’ve been meaning to… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 12, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking breast cancer delays surgery Source Type: blogs

R.I.P., Mr. Bowie
I couldn’t believe it when I woke up this morning to the news that David Bowie had passed away. Because there had been so many celebrity death hoaxes, I started checking other news outlets. Not good. Then I checked the official David Bowie Facebook page and Twitter feed. Oh, no. No hoax: January 10 2016… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 11, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Entertainment/culture Music Blackstar David Bowie Spinal Tap Ziggy Stardust Source Type: blogs

“Transparency” should not equal a license to harass scientists
While perusing the New York Times over the weekend, I was disturbed to see an article by Paul D. Thacker that basically advocated using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request e-mails from scientists in search of undisclosed industry ties. The article was entitled, disturbingly, Scientists, Give Up Your Emails. Thacker, as you might… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 11, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Source Type: blogs

How the Michigan state government poisoned the children of Flint
This post will be different than my usual post. Let’s just say that it has to do with quackery of a different kind than I usually write about here. It’s about a public health disaster that was entirely preventable and had nothing to do with vaccines. It has to do with government malpractice on an… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - January 8, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Politics Science Skepticism/critical thinking Darnell Earley Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Ed Kurtz Flint Genesee County Jerry Ambrose Karegnondi Water Authority lead lead poisoning Marc Edwards Michael Brown Source Type: blogs