Respectful Insolence

Archives for April 12, 2007

If you ever want to wonder why I’m sometimes of the mind that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine should be disbanded and its functions distributed among the other Institutes of the NIH, you just have to consider the sorts of woo-filled studies (like the Gonzalez protocol) funded by NCCAM mixed in among…

It’s that time again, and Geek Counterpoint has delivered the woo for you (and how!) in the 58th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. Head on over for your fix of rational thought applied liberally to dubious claims, all expertly administered and arranged for your edification. Next up is previous two-time host Pooflingers Anonymous. The Pooflinger…

Media medicine: Arghh!

I sometimes wonder if those doctors who do health segments for various TV news outlets are “real” doctors, given the sorts of things they actually say. Oh, Dr. Dean Edell is a pretty evidence-based guy most of the time (one of his finest moments being his takedown of Dr. Lorraine Day on the air), but…

Dumbest vegetarian ever?

This particular woman makes the case that she deserves the title: I think she wins hands down, don’t you? She must be one of those pollo-vegetarians. Because, after all, chickens aren’t “animals.”