Respectful Insolence

Archives for February, 2011

I never thought I’d be praising Bill Gates, being a Mac person and all and not being at all fond of Microsoft, but it’s impossible for me not to in the wake of a recent interview Gates did with CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. As you probably know, since retiring from Microsoft, Bill…

Yesterday, in the course of applying a heapin’ helpin’ of not-so-Respectful Insolence to a particularly brain dead exercise by the anti-vaccine movement, in which the International Medical Council on Vaccination (the most deceptively named anti-vaccine organization this side of the National Vaccine Information Center) gathered 80 signatures of “health care professionals” who warn about the…

A “WTF?” moment

Now here’s a new one: Did the EPA director just imply that there’s a link between contaminated water and autism? Is there something I’m missing here? Is this clip taking her out of context? There is, of course, no credible scientific evidence linking autism to exposure to contaminated water.

Remember Medical Voices? It’s a group that I first discovered a year and a half ago that represented itself as a group of physicians and medical professionals who wanted to produce the “most comprehensive educational center on the Internet for physicians seeking the truth about vaccines.” Of course, it didn’t take me long to realize…

Yesterday, I concluded that Dr. Mehmet Oz’s journey to the Dark Side was continuing apace. After all, he had pulled the classic “bait and switch” of “alternative” medicine by allowing a man who calls himself Yogi Cameron to use his television show to co-opt the perfectly science-based modalities of diet and exercise as being somehow…

Dr. Paul Offit on The Colbert Report

Paul Offit on the anti-vaccine movement: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Paul Offit www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive Looks like a win to me. Colbert appears to get it. I like how he doesn’t mention Andrew Wakefield’s name and he asks Dr. Offit a…

As I sat down to write this, I was torn. What topic to deconstruct? There appear to be so many! Certainly, the latest Huffington Post excretion by the ever-clueless (but amusing in his cluelessness, which results in posts of pure hilarity) Dana Ullman, entitled Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize Winner, Takes Homeopathy Seriously sure looked tempting.…