Archives for November, 2007

I’ve been very remiss in featuring what has become, from a very early point in this blog’s history, its de facto mascot. Maybe it’s because he’s just been so busy being BEOC (Big Enema on Campus), or maybe it’s a bit of laziness on my part. Or maybe having a giant walking Fleet’s enema bottle…

This video’s so good that I’m half tempted to try this method for myself, just to see if it actually works… Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog. MacGyver would love this.

I’ve never been able to understand advocates of homeopathy. I just have difficulty understanding how otherwise intelligent people can fall for the bad science, the logical fallacies, and the magical thinking necessary to believe that homeopathy is anything other than glorified water, an elaborate, ritualized placebo. I can understand how such an idea may have…

I know, I know. Picking on Jenny McCarthy over her now frequent idiotic statements about autism and her parroting of the myth that vaccines cause autism is like shooting fish in a barrel, boxing a one-armed opponent, playing tennis with a blind man (like the infamous Saturday Night Live sketch from so long ago, in…

Ah, the day after Thanksgiving. I had wondered whether I would have the wherewithal to actually come up with yet another installment of this blog’s usual Friday feature. After all, too much food can lead to a decrement in brain function that would make it difficult, if not impossible, to come up with the goods.…

A little Thanksgiving blog carnivalia

While I’m making a huge indentation in the couch cushions and digesting my repast, here’s some good blog carnival reading for you all to peruse: Grand Rounds, vol. 4, no. 9 (from Mexico) Tangled Bank #93 Until tomorrow…

And happy Thanksgiving to all…

…from EneMan. Here’s wishing everyone who celebrates it a Happy Thanksgiving. As you might expect, our blog mascot is joining in the fun, preparing the turkey, and loading up on tryptophan! Believe it or not, given my usual prolific nature, I’m taking the day off from blogging to engage in the traditional Thanksgiving Day activities…

It’s that time again. Oh, it’s a day early because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but it’s here nonetheless. It’s time for the 74th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, this time hosted over at Med Journal Watch. I can’t figure out why Christian is being heckled by skeptics, though, as he gives his address. Don’t forget…

I once blogged about an article attempting to address the very question in the title of this post, and I’ve also discussed in depth how messy the process of evidence-based medicine can be and why that provides an opening for purveyors of “alternative medicine” (my preferred term to describe it being “non-evidence-based medicine”) to respond…

America the “overvaccinated”?

He’s baaack. Yes, that radio voice of the mercury militia, the shock jock Don Imus, who was so ignominiously booted from his nationwide syndicated radio show last spring is coming back to the airwaves on December 3 on WABC radio in New York, with plans to syndicate him again nationwide. Personally, although I consider Imus…

In the past, I’ve characterized chiropractors, at least the ones who claim to be able to treat anything other than back pain, as “physical therapists with delusions of grandeur who don’t know their limitations.” It appears that Panda Bear, MD agrees with me, and he’s particularly disturbed about such chiropractors increasingly targeting the pediatric population:…

I’m not sure what to think of Michael Siegel. I’m really not. Even now, I remain of two minds on him. Dr. Siegel first came to my attention back in July, around the time I was getting into online tussles with a certain opponent of indoor smoking bans, before which I had never heard of…

Michael Medved: Evolution scholar…

…apparently, that’s what the Discovery Institute thinks, as William Dembski proudly announces, for reasons that escape me: Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host and bestselling author, has joined the Discovery Institute in the role of senior fellow. The position cements a longstanding friendship and recognizes a commonality of values and projects across a spectrum…

There’s a rather interesting bit of vaccine politics going on in Prince George’s County, Maryland being reported by the AP and The Baltimore Sun: Scores of grumbling parents facing a threat of jail lined up at a courthouse today to either prove that their school-age kids already had their required vaccinations or see that the…

So busy was I last week blogging about other things, somehow I missed an amazingly, jaw-droppingly idiotic defense of homeopathy Jeanette Winterson published in The Guardian earlier this week. As you might imagine, it was just begging for a heapin’ helpin’ of not-so-Respectful Insolence™. I mean, it was the dumbest article I’ve seen in a…