No, there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton has Parkinson ’ s disease
Remember Vox Day? Vox Day is the pseudonym used by a truly vile man named Theodore Beale. I first encountered him 11 years ago on the precursor to this blog, thanks to his antivaccine stylings and outright misogyny. Later, I learned the depths of his wingnuttery, such as his accepting pseudoscientific claims that vaccines cause… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 7, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Politics Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking AAPS Adolf Hitler anesthesiologist Benghazi Bill Clinton Donald Trump Hillary Clinton immigration Jane Orient neurologist Parkinson's disease Steve Novella Ted No Source Type: blogs

“ Right to try ” goes federal, thus far unsuccessfully
It’s been nearly two weeks since a new “right to try” bill (AB 1668) passed the California legislature with overwhelming support and was sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk to be signed. Thus far, he has not signed it, which is good, but neither have I seen a story that he has vetoed it either.… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 6, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine California fda Goldwater Institute libertarian right to try Stanislaw Burzynski Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act of 2016 Source Type: blogs

The marriage of creationism and antivaccinationism —literally
Believe it or not (and you probably won’t believe it), but I never intended to post today, as it’s a holiday, and I had to write my usual level post for my not-so-super-secret other blog. But then one of you had to send me this: I couldn’t resist at least a quick comment on this.… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 5, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Evolution Intelligent design/creationism News of the Weird Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking antivaccine Kent Hovind Mary Tocco vaccines Source Type: blogs

The American Academy of Pediatrics gets hard core on vaccine exemptions —finally
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been approximately 16 years since I first discovered that there was such a thing as antivaccinationists. Think of it this way. I was around 37 or so when, while wandering around Usenet (remember Usenet?), I found the newsgroup misc.health.alternative (or m.h.a. for short), a discussion group about,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 2, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery American Academy of Pediatrics nonmedical exemption personal belief exemption school vaccine mandate vaccines Source Type: blogs

The American Academy of Pediatrics gets a little more hardcore on vaccines
It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been approximately 16 years since I first discovered that there was such a thing as antivaccinationists. Think of it this way. I was around 37 or so when, while wandering around Usenet (remember Usenet?), I found the newsgroup misc.health.alternative (or m.h.a. for short), a discussion group about,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 2, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery American Academy of Pediatrics nonmedical exemption personal belief exemption school vaccine mandate vaccines Source Type: blogs

A district attorney embarrasses himself spewing antivaccine nonsense
Last night was one of those nights where I was working late because I was asked to do a panel discussion on breast cancer last night. Such are the perils of being a breast cancer expert, I guess. That doesn’t mean I don’t have time for an uncharacteristically brief notice of some particularly dumb bit… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - September 1, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Movies Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Andrew Wakefield Brexar County Del Bigtree district attorney Nico LaHood Polly Tommey San Antonio v Source Type: blogs

A “ professor ” who isn ’ t talks science about vaccines that isn ’ t
One of the great things about having achieved some notoriety as a blogger is that readers send me links to articles that the believe will be interesting to me. They usually come in waves. For instance, after anything having to do with Stanislaw Burzynski, “right to try,” particularly egregious antivaccine idiocy, and the like hits… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 31, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking immunology quackery The Thinking Moms' Revolution vaccines Source Type: blogs

As I predicted, Stanislaw Burzynski is using “ right to try ” to bypass the FDA
About three months ago, I was displeased to see in a normally reliable source of medical news (STAT News) a story about a patient of cancer quack Stanislaw Burzynski, Neil Fachon, that fell victim to every trope that Burzynski’s used for 40 years to present himself to the press as a “brave maverick” doctor and… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 30, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Medicine Politics Popular culture Skepticism/critical thinking antineoplastons cancer Debbie Stabenow quackery right to try Sheila Kaplan Stanislaw Burzynski STAT News Source Type: blogs

What do used car salesmen and stem cell clinic “ entrepreneurs ” have in common?
Stem cells are magic. Stem cells cure everything. They are the next big thing in medicine. That’s the narrative one frequently hears about stem cells in the press and courtesy of offshore stem cell clinics in places such as Italy and direct-to-consumer marketing of stem cells in the US. Of course, stem cells aren’t mystical… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 29, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Source Type: blogs

The Cleveland Clinic: Promoting dubious diet advice on Twitter and beyond
I’ve mentioned on quite a few occasions that there’s a quote attributed to philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer that is much beloved of cranks: All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. I also like to point out that Schopenhauer probably never said… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 26, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Tales from the helicopter Cleveland Clinic diet quackademic medicine Reiki Twitter Source Type: blogs

The Cleveland Clinic: Promoting dubious diet device on Twitter and beyond
I’ve mentioned on quite a few occasions that there’s a quote attributed to philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer that is much beloved of cranks: All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. I also like to point out that Schopenhauer probably never said… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 26, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Tales from the helicopter Cleveland Clinic diet quackademic medicine Reiki Twitter Source Type: blogs

“ Vaccine exceptionalism ” : With friends like these, who needs enemies?
There’s an old saying that basically asks the question, “With friends like these, who needs enemies? or, as Voltaire (or Marshal Villars, depending on the account) said, “May God defend me from my friends: I can defend myself from my enemies.” The point, of course, is that friends or allies can sometimes be as infuriating… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 25, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Popular culture Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Alice Dreger Andrew Wakefield MMR pseudoscience vaccine exceptionalism vaccines Source Type: blogs

The cruel sham that is “ right-to-try ” has returned to California
Here we go again. Remember how I frequently say that naturopaths are relentless, how, whenever they attempt to get a naturopathic licensing bill passed in a state and fail, they’re soon back to try again. Basically, they keep trying until they succeed, and once they succeed, it’s game over for keeping their quackery from having… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 24, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Popular culture AB 1668 California Goldwater Institute Governor Jerry Brown libertarian quackery right to try Source Type: blogs

The Woo Boat, part 3: Andrew Wakefield goes full Mike Adams antivax
Hard as it is to believe, it’s been seven months since the Conspira-Sea Cruise, or, as I called it when I discovered it before it set sail, The Woo Boat. After it set sail and I started reading reports about it from two reporters who took the cruise in order to report on it, Anna… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 23, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Paranormal Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Andrew Wakefield Bronwyn Dickey Conspira-Sea Cruise Len Horowitz Sherri Kane vaccines Source Type: blogs

Did the experimental cancer drug 3-Bromopyruvate (3-BP) cause the deaths of cancer patients at a German alternative medicine clinic?
I’ve frequently written about various dubious and outright quack clinics in different parts of the word with—shall we say?—somewhat less rigorous laws and regulations than the US. Most commonly, given the proximity to the US, the clinics that have drawn my attention are located in Mexico, most commonly right across the border from San Diego… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 22, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Medicine Popular culture Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking 3-BP 3-bromopyruvate 3BP alternative cancer clinic alternative cancer cure Biological Cancer Center dichloroacetate Evangelos Michelakis Farr Source Type: blogs

Hillary Clinton is “ medically unfit to serve ” as President and Donald Trump has narcissistic personality disorder: Stop this uninformed medical speculation about the candidates!
I’ve been debating whether to write about this for a while now, given that the first article that I noticed about it was first published a week and a half ago. Part of the reason for my reluctance is that it would be too easy for politics to be dragged into this more than I… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 19, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bioethics Medicine Politics Skepticism/critical thinking AAPS American Association of Physicians and Surgeons concussion Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Jane Orient JPANDS Martin Shkreli medically unfit to serve narcissistic persona Source Type: blogs

Hillary Clinton is “ medically unfit to serve ” as President and Donald Trump has narcisis: Stop abusing medical science for political gain
I’ve been debating whether to write about this for a while now, given that the first article that I noticed about it was first published a week and a half ago. Part of the reason for my reluctance is that it would be too easy for politics to be dragged into this more than I… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 19, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Bioethics Medicine Politics concussion Donald Trump Hillary Clinton medically unfit to serve Parkinson's disease president seizure Source Type: blogs

Baseball, cupping, and quackademic medicine
I hate to do this to you guys twice in one week, but sometimes the situation mandates it. Basically, there’s no new Insolence today. I do, however, have an excuse. Because of a gift the Ilitch family gave to our department, a couple of times a year our department is invited to attend a Tigers… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 18, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Announcements Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery baseball Comerica Park cupping Josh Zepps podcast Point of Inquiry quackademic medicine Tigers Source Type: blogs

“ What Doctors Don ’ t Tell You ” about homeopathy?
We in the US certainly have our share of pure quackery; there’s no denying it. After all, we have to take “credit” for inflicting the likes of Joe Mercola, the ever-libeling conspiracy crank and hilariously off=base scientist wannabe Mike Adams, Gary Null, Robert O. Young, and many others on the world. Unfortunately, we sometimes export… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 17, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Quackery homeopathy Lynn McTaggart National Health Service WDDTY What Doctors Don't Tell You Source Type: blogs

A “ holistic ” doctor throws a hilariously disingenuous tantrum over board recertification
In the early days of 2016, my attention was drawn to a local antivaccine doctor of whom I’d heard before but never really paid much attention to. What caught my eye was a blog exchange between this “holistic” family practitioner and former Scienceblogs blogger, friend, and local internist Peter Lipson over this physician’s blog posts… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 16, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Quackery American Academy of Family Physicians board certification CDC whistleblower David Brownstein Mike Adams NaturalNews.com vaccines Vaxxed Source Type: blogs

In which Orac struts his stuff elsewhere …
Believe it or not, I’ve had two weekends off, which is why there won’t be a full post today. Basically, what happened is that I’m an idiot. I took a long weekend last weekend, worked a couple of days last week, and then took a three day weekend at a cottage near a lake this… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 15, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Source Type: blogs

Doctors are “ pushing vaccines ” ? Gee, you say that as though that were a bad thing!
I frequently point out how antivaccine activists really, really don’t want to admit that they are, in fact, antivaccine, so frequently, in fact, that I have a series that I call The annals of “I’m not antivaccine.” It’s already up to part 21. It could easily be up to part 51, or 101, or even… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 12, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Quackery AFIX antivaccine CDC Joe Mercola NVIC Rishma Parpia The Vaccine Reaction VacTruth Source Type: blogs

My last word (I hope): Michael Phelps, cupping, and “ integrative medicine ”
As I mentioned yesterday, there are news events involving medicine (more specifically pseudoscience in medicine) that are so ubiquitous and irritating that they’re enough to bring me briefly out of my vacation to bang out a quick post. So it was when I wrote my post yesterday about Michael Phelps’ enthusiasm for cupping, a practice… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 10, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Adam Perlman Alex Moroz asthma Cleveland Clinic complementary and alternative medicine cupping integrative medicine Mayo Clinic Michael Phelps Olympics quackery Rio 2016 Robert Glatter swimming traditional Chinese me Source Type: blogs

Thanks, Michael Phelps, for glamorizing cupping quackery!
So, in case you hadn’t noticed, I was taking a brief vacation, a long weekend if you will. As a result, I hadn’t planned on posting new completely original material until Wednesday or Thursday. (Monday’s post, some of you noticed, was a modified crosspost from my not-so-super-secret other blog.) Then something happened. You know you’re… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 9, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery cupping Michael Phelps Rio 2016 traditional Chinese medicine Source Type: blogs

How should we deal with vaccine hesitancy, refusal, and antivaccine beliefs
As hard as it might be to believe, almost as long as there have been vaccinations, there has been an antivaccine movement, and as long as there has been an antivaccine movement, there have been parents who refuse to vaccinate. Indeed, in the 1800s, there were even groups with names like the Anti-Vaccination Society of… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 8, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Medscape survey vaccine hesitancy vaccine refusal vaccines Source Type: blogs

The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 21: Oh, wait, maybe I am antivaccine after all
This is yet another in the continuing saga of “I’m not antivaccine,” a continuing series of posts demonstrating how the oh-so-loud and vigorous denials of antivaccine activists that they are antivaccine are in reality either a lie or self-delusion. There have been so many previous installments, twenty, to be precise. There could easily have been… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 5, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine History Holocaust Quackery Age of Autism Andrew Wakefield Del Bigtree Laura Hayes Polly Tommey Vaxxed Source Type: blogs

Combatting the alt-med stereotype of oncologists anxious to administer toxic chemotherapy
It is an article of faith among believers in alternative cancer cures that conventional oncology consists mainly of a bunch of money-hungry surgeons and oncologists who want nothing more than to cut, poison, and burn patients with cancer and charge them enormous sums of money to do so for as long as they can until… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 4, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking adjuvant chemotherapy MammaPrint MINDACT OncoType DX surgery Source Type: blogs

Why does Dr. Mercola sell supplements? Cognitive dissonance at its finest
A characteristic of real doctors and real health care providers is that they usually don’t sell the drugs and remedies that they recommend. Indeed, physicians are generally not allowed to in most states, as it’s considered a conflict of interest. Indeed, the Stark Law forbids physician self-referral, which is the referral of a patient to… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 3, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Computers Quackery antivaccine cognitive dissonance Internet Joseph Mercola supplements World Wide Web Source Type: blogs

Why does Dr. Mercola sell supplements?
A characteristic of real doctors and real health care providers is that they usually don’t sell the drugs and remedies that they recommend. Indeed, physicians are generally not allowed to in most states, as it’s considered a conflict of interest. Indeed, the Stark Law forbids physician self-referral, which is the referral of a patient to… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 3, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Medicine Source Type: blogs

Emergency acupuncture!
Many are the bizarre, dubious, and downright crappy acupuncture studies that I’ve deconstructed over the years. Just type “acupuncture” into the search box of this blog, and you’ll soon see. (If that pulls up too many results, try typing “acupuncture” and “study” or “acupuncture” and “clinical trial” in the search box.) I’m not the only… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 2, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking acupuncture adenosine emergency room endorphins pain management Source Type: blogs

Jill Stein and left wing antivaccine dog whistles
During the political battle last year over the recently implemented California law SB 277, which eliminates nonmedical exemptions to school vaccine mandates and then later during the campaign for the Republican nomination for President, I used a term regarding antivaccine views. That term was “antivaccine dog whistle.” In politics, as you probably now, a “dog… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - August 1, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Quackery Autism Barack Obama dog whistle Donald Trump fda Green Party Hillary Clinton Jill Stein Republican Party vaccines Vaccines and Related Biological Pro Source Type: blogs

After SB 277, online medical exemptions to school vaccine mandates are now for sale
After writing about the failure of state medical boards to discipline physicians who practice quackery and an apparent notable exception in Tennessee just yesterday, my attention was brought back to California and the topic of SB 277, the law enacted last year that, as of July 1 this year, eliminated non-medical exemptions to school vaccine… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 29, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Popular culture Quackery California Dr. Bob Sears medical exemption nonmedical exemption SB 277 school vaccine mandate vaccines Source Type: blogs

Now that ’ s what I ’ m talking about! A state medical board appears poised to act
Many are the times that I’ve discussed the issue of quack doctors. I’m not just referring to naturopaths, whose abbreviation ND stands to me for “not a doctor.” In fact, I’m referring to actual, real physicians, doctors with an “MD” or “DO” after their names, doctors who have graduated from reputable medical schools, completed residencies… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 28, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Politics Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking colon cleanse Cool Springs Family Medicine Daniel Kalb hyperbaric oxygen treatment Tennessee State Board of Medical Source Type: blogs

The “ big idea ” behind integrative medicine is not so big at all …
I’ve frequently referred to “integrative medicine” as the “integration” of quackery with conventional, science-based medicine for the very good reason that that’s what it really is. However, advocates of medicine not based in science are nothing if not masters of marketing, which is how, over the course of three decades or so, “alternative medicine” morphed… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 27, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Quackery Alan Briskin big idea integrative medicine pseudoscience Source Type: blogs

Should vaccines be compulsory?
As long as there have been vaccinations, there has been an antivaccine movement, and as long as there has been an antivaccine movement, there have been parents who refuse to vaccinate. In a past that encompasses the childhood of my parents, polio was paralyzing and killing children in large numbers in yearly epidemics, the fear… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 26, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Politics AB 2109 compulsory vaccination forced vaccination mandatory vaccination Phoebe Day Danziger Rebekah Diamond SB 277 school vaccine mandates vaccines Source Type: blogs

The VA and Dr. Tracy Gaudet: Integrating quackery into the care of veterans
I was originally going to write this post for the 4th of July, given the subject matter. However, as regular readers know, I am not unlike Dug the Dog in the movie Up, with new topics that float past me in my social media and blog reading rounds serving as the squirrel. But never let… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 25, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Quackery acupuncture post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD traditional Chinese medicine VA Veterans Administration Source Type: blogs

An “ open letter ” on vaccines deconstructed
I’ve discovered an antivaccine loon I’ve never encountered before. At least, if I have encountered him, I don’t remember it. Basically, it happened this way. Not having found anything that fired me up to blog yet, I was perusing my usual collection of sites, both crank sites (as in antivaccine, quack, and pseudoscience) and medical/scientific… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 22, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Age of Autism Ted Kuntz Vaccine Choice Canada vaccines Source Type: blogs

The Republican Party of Donald Trump vs. science
I’ve frequently said that a tendency towards pseudoscience knows no political boundary. For example, antivaccine views, contrary to common belief, are not detectably more prevalent on the left than on the right, as I’ve discussed on more than one occasion. It’s just that for so many years, antivaccine beliefs were associated in the media with… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 21, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Quackery Religion Skepticism/critical thinking abortion Donald Trump gay conversion therapy Hillary Clinton Joel D. Wallach Michelle Van Etten Mike Pence presid Source Type: blogs

The violent rhetoric of the antivaccine movement, “ I didn ’ t really mean it ” edition
It’s always nice when I learn that a target of my—shall we say?—Insolence takes note of what I’ve written. Well, maybe not always nice. Sometimes that notice takes the form of attacks, such as those by our good quack buddy Mike Adams, who’s been writing mean and nasty things about me for over three months… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 20, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine History Hitler Zombie Holocaust Politics Quackery Autism Del Bigtree Polly Tommey vaccines Vaxxed Source Type: blogs

The violent rhetoric of the antivaccine movement, “I didn’t really mean it” edition
It’s always nice when I learn that a target of my—shall we say?—Insolence takes note of what I’ve written. Well, maybe not always nice. Sometimes that notice takes the form of attacks, such as those by our good quack buddy Mike Adams, who’s been writing mean and nasty things about me for over three months… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 20, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine History Hitler Zombie Holocaust Politics Quackery Autism Del Bigtree Polly Tommey vaccines Vaxxed Source Type: blogs

The violent rhetoric of the antivaccine movement, VAXXED edition
Back in December, I wrote about a phenomenon that I had observed from the very beginning of my sparring with those who promote antivaccine pseudoscience and thoroughly debunked idea that vaccines cause autism. It was a phenomenon that seemed to get a lot worse last year, almost certainly due to the impending passage and then… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 19, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Movies Politics Quackery Del Bigtree rhetoric violence Source Type: blogs

In which Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree ’ s antivaccine documentary VAXXED is reviewed … with Insolence!
Well, I’ve finally seen it. The things I do for my readers, the pain to which I subject myself by watching neuron-apotosing levels of pseudoscience, misinformation, and lies as antivaccine propaganda, in order to deconstruct them for your amusement and, I hope, education! Yes, I’ve finally seen Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree’s “documentary” VAXXED: From… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 18, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Movies Politics Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Andrew Wakefield CDC whistleblower CDCwhistleblower conspiracy theory Del Bigtree Jim Sears Polly Tomme Source Type: blogs

In which Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree’s antivaccine documentary VAXXED is reviewed…with Insolence!
Well, I’ve finally seen it. The things I do for my readers, the pain to which I subject myself by watching neuron-apotosing levels of pseudoscience, misinformation, and lies as antivaccine propaganda, in order to deconstruct them for your amusement and, I hope, education. Yes, I’ve finally seen Andrew Wakefield and Del Bigtree’s “documentary” VAXXED: From… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 18, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Movies Politics Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Andrew Wakefield CDC whistleblower CDCwhistleblower conspiracy theory Del Bigtree Jim Sears Polly Tomme Source Type: blogs

Another cancer quack dies … of cancer.
As a cancer surgeon and physician, I can’t stand Ty Bollinger. I’m sure that comes as a surprise to absolutely none of my regular readers, given what a massive cancer quack he is. Most recently, he has become known for a series of deeply dishonest videos about cancer, chemotherapy, and alternative treatments for cancer called… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 15, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Bill Henderson Budwig protocol non-Hodgkins lymphoma The Truth About Cancer Ty Bollinger Source Type: blogs

Another cancer quack dies…of cancer.
As a cancer surgeon and physician, I can’t stand Ty Bollinger. I’m sure that comes as a surprise to absolutely none of my regular readers, given what a massive cancer quack he is. Most recently, he has become known for a series of deeply dishonest videos about cancer, chemotherapy, and alternative treatments for cancer called… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 15, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Bill Henderson Budwig protocol non-Hodgkins lymphoma The Truth About Cancer Ty Bollinger Source Type: blogs

The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 20: “ There is no safe vaccine ” and excusing the murder of autistic children
One of the most insidious and oft-repeated myths of the antivaccine movement is that vaccines cause autism. Certainly, it is true that there was an antivaccine movement long before anyone thought of linking vaccines to autism. For example, in the the 1980s the DPT (diptheria-whole cell pertussis-tetanus) vaccine was linked to encephalitis and neurological damage,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 14, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Alex Spourdalakis Andrew Wakefield Del Bigtree Polly Tommey quackery vaccines Vaxxed Source Type: blogs

The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 20: “There is no safe vaccine” and excusing the murder of autistic children
One of the most insidious and oft-repeated myths of the antivaccine movement is that vaccines cause autism. Certainly, it is true that there was an antivaccine movement long before anyone thought of linking vaccines to autism. For example, in the the 1980s the DPT (diptheria-whole cell pertussis-tetanus) vaccine was linked to encephalitis and neurological damage,… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 14, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking Alex Spourdalakis Andrew Wakefield Del Bigtree Polly Tommey quackery vaccines Vaxxed Source Type: blogs

Quackademic medicine and acupressure at my alma mater
Given the study that I’m going to discuss, I can’t help but start out with a brief (for me) reminiscence. Longtime readers know that I graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in the late 1980s. Back when I attended U. of M., its medical school was considered stodgy and hard core even by… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 13, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery acupressure acupuncture quackademic medicine traditional Chinese medicine university of michigan Source Type: blogs

Sh*t Naturopaths Say, part 7: Mismanaging erectile dysfunction, collagen diseases, and gynecology
Welcome once again to Sh*t Naturopaths Say, my periodic look at what naturopaths say behind closed doors (metaphorically speaking). At least, it’s a look at what they say when they are discussing patient management with their peers. It is a series to which I can add new entires from time to time, thanks to Naturopathic… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 12, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Naturopathy Politics Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking erectile dysfunction HB 4531 licensing Michigan NatChat Naturowhat Sh*t naturopaths say Source Type: blogs

Stem cell tourism: A problem right here in the good ol ’ USA
Last week, I wrote about a man named Jim Gass, a former chief legal counsel for Sylvania, who had suffered a debilitating stroke in 2009 that left him without the use of his left arm, and weak left leg. He could still walk with a cane, but was understandably desperate to try anything to be… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 11, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Biology Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Politics Autism quackery stem cell clinic stem cell tourism stem cells Source Type: blogs