Respectful Insolence

Archives for November, 2009

I detest Holocaust denial. Relative newbies who haven’t been reading this blog that long may be wondering why I, a physician, booster of science-based medicine, and scourge of the anti-vaccine movement (well, at least in my mind, anyway) would blog about Holocaust denial, but in actuality my interest in combatting Holocaust denial predates my interest…

24 hours later…

It’s been more than 24 hours since I received my H1N1 vaccine, and so far the only problem I’ve had is a bit of a sore arm. (Maybe I shouldn’t have had the nurse use the left arm again, as that’s where I got my seasonal flu vaccine, too. On the other hand, I am…

Rethinking cancer screening?

Here we go again. I see that the kerfuffle over screening for cancer has erupted again to the point where it’s found its way out of the rarified air of specialty journals to general medical journals and hence into the mainstream press. This is something that seems to pop up every so often, much to…

It’s about time…

Woo-hoo! I just found out late yesterday that finally–finally–our cancer center has enough H1N1 vaccine to start vaccinating its employees involved in patient care. I thought the vaccine would never get here in sufficient quantity. Later this morning I’ll be right there, getting mine. You know, I think I’ll ask the nurse for extra thimerosal.…

This project is behind schedule. The reasons, I hope, are forgivable. First off, there was just too much other stuff going on last week, to the point where, even though I’ve read several chapters of Suzanne Somers’ new book (if you can call it that) Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer–And How to…

Idiotic comment of the week

In a nod to fellow ScienceBlogger Ed Brayton, with his hilarious Dumbass Quote of the Day, I hereby inaugurate the “Idiotic Comment of the Week,” culled from this very blog. I don’t guarantee that I’ll do it every week, but when I see neuron-necrosing idiocy below and beyond the usual call of pseudoscientists and quackery…

…back when they believed that humors were responsible for your health. Oh, yes, I know it’s now “politically or medically incorrect” now to practice medicine the way they did in the days of our Founding Fathers, but that’s because the socialist libero-Nazis took that away from us. After all, remember who else didn’t answer medical…

Remember how I promised that I’d do my next installment of my blogging Suzanne Somers’ pile of idiocy, namely her own book, before the end of the week? Plans change, and neurons melt, which they did in response to reading the first several chapters of Suzanne Somers’ book. Don’t worry, though. I’ll definitely try to…

riley’smom is very unhappy with Amy Wallace: I wrote Ms. Wallace a private email. I intentionally wrote it directly to her private email and DID NOT post it in the comments section of Wired Mag. I asked her about her one sided-biased interview with Mr Offit and asked if she planned to NOW do a…

The 123 Congregation of the Skeptics’ Circle will now come together over at Blue Genes, in which Simplicio is schooled in skepticism. Sort of. Go. Read. Don’t be like Simplicio. Next up to host the Skeptics’ Circle will be Beyond the Short Coat. Start getting your skeptical blogging skills wound up to participate in this…

Over the last week or so, I’ve been confronted full bore with cranks, staring down the barrel, if you will, of a crank shotgun, one barrel being the anti-vaccine movement in general (with J.B. Handley and his misogyny being the buckshot, so to speak) and the other being Suzanne Somers and her despicable cancer quackery.…

The other day, I wrote about an unfortunate young woman named Desiree Jennings, who claimed to have had a rare neurological disorder known as dystonia as a complication of being vaccinated for seasonal flu, when it appears that her condition is likely to have at least a strong psychogenic component and is unlikely to be…

Holocaust Denial on Trial podcast

As regular readers know, one of my interests outside of medicine is the phenomenon of Holocaust denial. Granted, I haven’t written as much about it lately as I used to, but that doesn’t mean I’ve lost interest. Actually, I think it may be because I seem to be encountering fewer and fewer major issues of…

Oh, hell. I actually used to like Smashing Pumpkins back in the 1990s. Unfortunately, its leader, Billy Corgan, has just revealed himself to be as medically ignorant as Jenny McCarthy in a recent blog post: If you follow some of the links I have been supplying as of late, you’ll notice many are focused on…

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. After a prolonged wait, it’s finally here: Yes, my promotional copy of Suzanne Somers new book Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer–And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place. (The Dalek was included because, well, I was just feeling perverse when I took this picture.)…

…Isis shows us why by calling out the anti-vaccine movement in general and J.B. Handley in particular, for sexist attacks on Amy Wallace, who wrote the excellent article for WIRED about how the anti-vaccine movement endangers public health. True, I did e-mail her for advice in letting feminist bloggers know about this nastiness, being interested…

Several of my readers have been writing in with links and stories about the case of Desiree Jennings, a 28-year-old cheerleader who was apparently healthy until sometime in August, when she received the seasonal flu vaccine. A typical news story on Jennings can be seen here: I’m not a neurologist, which made me reluctant to…

I just looked over my statistics for the month of October 2009, and I was shocked. Pleasantly shocked, but shocked nonetheless. Why do I say that? I say that because traffic from October 2009 is more than twice the traffic from October 2008. Moreover, it’s not an anomaly. Although there have been fluctuations in traffic…