Respectful Insolence

Archives for September, 2007

Some of these are hilarious, and, no, it wouldn’t be a good idea for these couples to do the hyphenated name thing. If you have any more real life examples, post ‘em in the comments for the amusement of all! (Via Advice Goddess, who should know that less than two weeks ago I stayed at…

Here’s another item I saw at the local Barnes & Noble last night. I almost bought this calendar, so amused was I by it. In retrospect, maybe I should have bought it. I don’t recall ever seeing a calendar like this before. Not for Bill Clinton, and not for Ronald Reagan. It’s a testament to…

I think the title says it all. Perfect! Whoever wrote the book sure knows her potential readers!

Detroit Rock City

It’s Saturday afternoon, time for a break from science as I attack the disaster that is our backyard. In the meantime, let’s rock out for a few minutes: I’m not a huge KISS fan, but the above song is the absolutely best song that KISS ever did in their entire career–and it’s an ode to…

Science and medicine are beautiful things. The range of knowledge and research that can be encompassed under their rubric is truly astounding. Indeed, some scientists have all the luck. Some scientists seem to have all the luck. Some scientists seem able to latch onto the best projects: London, England (CNS) – There is one scientist…

Naturopath guilty of malpractice

Because if you’re going to make health claims and claim to treat patients, you should be held just as accountable as any physician: A Carson City “anti-aging” doctor has pleaded guilty to malpractice for failing to diagnose an elderly patient with the cancer that ultimately killed him. It is Dr. Frank Anthony Shallenberger’s second discipline…

In looking back at all the various bizarre incarnations of woo that I’ve covered during the last year or so since I started doing Your Friday Dose of Woo, I was wondering if there was a form of woo that I had not covered yet. Woo seems to come in several forms, such as energy…

Damn that Factitian! Now he’s gone too far! In hosting the 70th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, he’s revealed some of the deepest darkest secrets of the Skeptical Atheistic Darwinist Scientific Conspiracy to Conquer All (SADSCCA), also known as The Conspiracy Factory in some circles. And you’ll never believe who the leader of the conspiracy…

I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for the mercury militia. Think about it. They’ve been claiming for the past several years that the mercury in the thimerosal used as a preservative in childhood vaccines is a cause of autism. If you believe Generation Rescue, A-CHAMP, SAFEMINDS, and various other activist groups, vaccines are the root…

I hadn’t thought of this possible consequence of global warming before if homeopathy were actually true, but it’s frightening to contemplate. Fortunately, I think that even in this case the level of dilution wouldn’t be enough.

Yawn…another overhyped acupuncture study

Never let it be said that Orac doesn’t give the people what they want. Well, most of the time, anyway. What I’m referring to is a recent German study about acupuncture for low back pain that’s been making its way around the media. I had actually been planning on commenting about it yesterday, but Iranian…

Sorry, Mahmoud

Before moving on to discussions of alternative medicine (don’t worry, there’ll be one in the morning), I couldn’t resist one last dig regarding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claim in his appearance at Columbia University on Monday that there are no gays in Iran… Sorry Mahmoud, but there was an Iranian contestant in the International Mr.…

Frolicking in the shadow of hell

While I happen to have found myself back on the subject of the Holocaust and Holocaust denial again today, I thought I’d mention this, something I’ve been meaning to blog about since I found out about it last week. Beginning this week, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will start featuring a display that, to me…

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia, Part II

Andrew Mathis gives his perspective. And an excellent analysis it is, too. One brief excerpt: …I have to wonder exactly where a man who runs a police state gets off asking a question like this. The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran does not allow religious freedoms outside those recognized by the Qur’an. People…

Iranian President (and Holocaust denier) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad showed up at Columbia University yesterday to give a speech. Given my interest in Holocaust history and Holocaust denial I had debated whether to comment on it before it happened. Given my contempt for him, his anti-Semitism, and his Holocaust denial, I was rather torn by the whole…

I never saw a vending machine like that before

While wandering through the medical center last week, I came across a rather unusual vending machine, one quite unlike any that I had ever seen before. It definitely hadn’t been there the week before, but there it was now, around the corner from the hospital cafeteria: Perfect if you’re on call and feel the need…

Pity poor John Ioannidis. The man does provocative work about the reliability of scientific studies as published in the peer-reviewed literature, and his reward for trying to point out shortcomings in how we as scientists and clinical researchers do studies and evaluate evidence is to be turned into an icon for cranks and advocates of…

Why you should be vaccinated

ERV explains: Vaccines strengthen superpowers. Take that, Jenny McCarthy!

World’s worst album cover?

Believe it or not, this post is related, albeit somewhat tangentially, to my area of expertise, breast cancer. It’s also related to one of my great loves in life, namely loud, obnoxious rock and roll. Unfortunately, it involves bad art and an album cover so puzzling that, even when considering the source, I have a…

One reason I don’t do general surgery anymore

Two words: Necrotizing pancreatitis. There’s nothing like repeated trips to the operating room to scoop out bits of dead pancreas, trips sometimes so frequent that we leave the abdomen open to facilitate repeat visits, in patients who are about as sick as any patient you’ll ever see. There are few, if any, problems in general…

It’s Saturday afternoon, so what the heck? Ah, that’s better.

I have to tip my hat to Kevin Leitch. I really do. He’s done something that I couldn’t manage to force myself to do, at least not completely. He’s

Time flies. Amazingly, another Skeptics’ Circle is coming around the pike far faster than I would have expected. This time around, it will be hosted by longtime commenter (and now blogger) Factitian over at Conspiracy Factory and will take its place in the skeptical rogues’ gallery of past editions on Thursday, September 27. For your…

As I usually do on Thursday nights, I was perusing my legendary Folder of Woo looking for just the thing to be interesting and entertaining to both me as the blogger and you as the reader. As happens occasionally, nothing was really doing it for me. Nothing was getting me fired up to launch into…

I don’t know how I missed this one, but it jut goes to show that antivaccination ignorance with respect to autism is truly a bipartisan affair. You have folks like Representative Dan Burton on the right, and on the left you have this particular Daily Kos diarist, who falls like a ton of bricks for…