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Regular readers know I don’t have strong feelings about nutritional supplements and herbal medicine, unlike some of my medical blogger colleagues. I don’t recommend or use them but for the most part it’s not a subject that really gets me going, probably because I don’t know enough about abuses. A lot of regular medical practice…

If you smell, here’s a remedy

If you don’t want to smell, the FDA has a recommendation: use an over-the-counter cold remedy that contains an intranasal zinc solution. You won’t smell. Possibly ever again:

Ten days ago Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that the US government was allocating $1 billion to help companies with production costs for a swine flu vaccine. Among the beneficiaries was French vaccine giant, Sanofi-Aventis, whose Sanofi Pasteur unit got a $190 million order. It was likely only the first in…

Crystal clear drinking water

I rarely do quack posts here. For one thing, this is an area ably covered by my Sciblings, chief among them Orac at Respectful Insolence (who likes to call it “woo”; I don’t like the term; whatever you term it, it’s quackery). For another, I’m not much interested in it. I do religion once a…

Cow water: an unforgettable bouquet

Mix a little hard line nationalism with religious fundamentalism and what do you get? The formula for cow piss soft drink:

The TV ad that DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!

Unlike Orac at Respectful Insolence, I’m not particularly obsessed with what he calls “woo”: medical quackery and fraud. He has every reason to go bullshit over it, since it is potentially very dangerous stuff. But I have a limited supply of outrage and quackery just doesn’t set me off. Usually. So I am surprised at…

Quacks with business suits

ScienceBlogs likes to take on quacks. Orac, over at Respectful Insolence, does it every Friday and does it well. It’s a good project and I’m not against it. But there are a lot of quacks around that aren’t called quacks. They have corporate suits and research departments. And advertising and marketing departments. Big companies. Like…

Missouri’s nickname is the “The Show Me State.” If you live anywhere near the state capital in Jefferson City, it isn’t too late to be shown an exhibit in the Capitol Rotunda on “The Industry of Death.” Today and tomorrow. In it you will learn: