Respectful Insolence

Archives for April, 2007

Could Kos be more of an idiot? No.

The answer is no, given his position on the Kathy Sierra case and the death threats she received and the online savaging to which she was subjected. Kos attacks calls for a bloggers’ code of conduct. This is actually the one point where I tend agree with him. It wouldn’t help the situation and would…

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.”

Tangled Bank

A brand, spankin’ new Tangled Bank has been posted over at fellow ScienceBlogger Tara’s Aetiology. It’s more science bloggy goodness than you can absorb in one day. And while we’re on the topic of blog carnivals, don’t forget that the latest Skeptics’ Circle will be appearing at Geek Counterpoint tomorrow. You still have a few…

Grand Rounds

The latest Grand Rounds, that blog carnival for medicine and health care issues, has been posted at the ironically named (I hope) Dr. Dork. Check it out.

It’s been a couple of weeks since we last checked in with The DCA Site, that dubious advertising site for BuyDCA.com, where a chemist named Jim Tassano sells to desperate cancer patients non-pharmaceutical grade and non-FDA-approved dichloroacetate, the small molecule chemotherapeutic agent with an interesting and unusual mechanism of action that has shown promise in…

Adorable Whip Spiders Love to Cuddle

You never touch me anymore. Is it because you think I’m fat? Damon diadema Scientists have recently witnessed two species of arachnids that caress family members and seem to enjoy snuggling. Two kinds of whip spiders–dime-sized Phrynus marginemaculatus found in Florida and the larger Damon diadema which live in Tanzania and Kenya–spend their days in…

Today, in case you didn’t remember, is World Homeopathy Day, a day for the credulous to celebrate the woo that is homeopathy by celebrating the birthday of the originator of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann. I had thought of making a “homeopathic” mention of this great event (in other words, no mention, just like there’s no active…

I don’t want to make this blog “all Egnor all the time.” I know it’s hard to believe, given my posting behavior recently, but really I don’t. No matter how much the Discovery Institute’s creationist neurosurgeon may embarrass the hell out of me as (I shudder to have to admit) a fellow surgeon, I’ve recently…

It figures. On the very day that I posted a rather long post about a series of three papers discussing the use of mammography and MRI for screening women for breast cancer, there would have to be another paper relevant to the topic of the early detection of cancer, again in this case breast cancer.…

Everybody wants to get in on the act

I tell ya, ever since I first posted my infamous You Might Be an Altie If…, it seems that everyone wants in on the action. Not that I mind much. I can’t honestly take credit for the idea; so it would be silly of me to get upset if someone else uses it. This time…

I wonder why this never caught on…

Via Modern Mechanix, from the pages of Popular Mechanics, April 1924: BEARD IS REMOVED WITH MUD AND USE OF X-RAYS Shaving beards from men’s faces, has been accomplished by a special mudlike paste that is undergoing experiments at the hands of a New York doctor. After the mass has been applied, it hardens and is…

In my last couple of posts on the risks and benefits of ever more sensitive screening tests for various cancers, and in particular breast cancer, I marveled at a a bit of serendipity that had pointed me to a particular old article a mere few days before multiple new papers about breast cancer screening with…

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds is now up over at the abode of one of my favorite medbloggers, Flea. This time around, Flea has chosen a rather–shall we say?–unusual theme around which to organize the festivities.

Fear of the frame

After all the chatter that’s been going on throughout ScienceBlogs about Matt Nisbet and Chris Mooney‘s editorial, Framing Science, published in Science on Friday, I almost thought that there was nothing really left for me to say. Of course, regular readers of this blog know that there’s rarely an issue that’s been so thoroughly picked…

More heavy metals in dietary supplements

Via Terra Sigilatta (who beat me to this one, as I saw the press release yesterday but never got around to blogging about it), we find yet another case of heavy metal contamination of a popular supplement, this time herbal kelp supplements. This discovery was prompted by the investigation of a case of woman who…

I don’t recall how I came across this. Perhaps it was while looking for photos of our intrepid mascot that I don’t already have, or perhaps it was to see if anyone else has anything to say about our cheery but strange mascot, the purpose of whose head you really don’t want to think too…

Time flies once again, and, seemingly so soon after the last successful Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, the next one is fast approaching. This time around, it’s going to be hosted at Geek Counterpoint. So get your entries to Lorne by Wednesday, and then join us for yet another entertaining edition of every skeptic’s favorite…

Bonus Woo: Global prayer

This one didn’t seem big enough to deserve the full Your Friday Dose of Woo treatment, but I certainly don’t want to let this additional bit of religious woo go by unnoticed: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – March 27, 2007. Regardless of creed, ethnicity, age or culture, throughout history people have steadfastly believed in the power…

In perusing my Folder of Woo, which is becoming every more crammed with potential targets begging for the tender mercies of Orac in their very own Your Friday Dose of Woo installments, I was wondering which one to pick. After all, it’s an embarrassment of riches (if you can call it “riches”) in there, with…

Nothing strange about this

An “integrative” medical practitioner observes: I just came from a lecture by a Chinese Prof. who has a cancer hospital in China (Fuda Cancer hospital). What is strange, was it didn’t use therapies from China, but rather technologies from the USA. They have cryoablation, photodynamic therapies, dendritic cell therapies, immunotherapy as well as chemoablation. They…

[Note: If you haven’t already, you should read PART 1 of this two-part series. It defines several terms that I will be using in this post, and I don’t plan on explaining them again, given that they were explained in detail in Part 1. Of course, if you’re a medical professional and already know what…

Change of Shift

The latest Change of Shift, the blog carnival for nursing, has been posted at Emergiblog. Enjoy!