Respectful Insolence

Archives for November 8, 2007

It’s Thursday, and I can hardly believe that it’s time for the Skeptics’ Circle again. Time flies between these every other week exercises in critical thinking. This time around, it’s Holford Watch that’s hosting the 73rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle. However, before you can enjoy skeptical bloggy goodness submitted to the carnival, you’re asked…

I hadn’t intended to write about this again, at least not for a while, but curiosity got the better of me. About a month and a half ago, I discussed a highly dubious story that was going around by e-mail about a 17-year-old boy with melanoma whose mother supposedly “cured” him with “natural” treatments. As…

A vision of the future of medicine

Along with Dr. R. W., I’ve become known for my rather vociferously expressed dismay at the ever increasing infiltration of unscientific and non-evidence-based woo in the form of “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM) into academic medical centers. Well, thanks to a reader, I’ve seen a vision of the future of American medicine, and it’s frightening.…