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“Alternative medicine,” so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), or, as it’s become fashionable to call it, “integrative medicine” is a set of medical practices that are far more based on belief than science. As my good bud and collaborator Mark Crislip so pointedly reminded us last week, CAM is far more akin to religion than…

Even though I’ve been at this skeptical blogging thing, particularly about “alternative” medicine, so long (eight years now) that I think I’ve seen it all, that nothing the quacks do can shock me any more. It’s a foolish hubris, I admit, but, I hope, an understandable one after over eight years of blogging multiple times…

The joy of Christmas, take 4: Scared for Santa

Continued from Christmas last year… Well, if I were Santa, I’d be scared too if this guy sat on my lap: You didn’t think Christmas could pass without our old friend making an appearance, did you? Yes, our blog mascot can be a bit scary at times to those who have not met him before,…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Continuing the theme from yesterday one last time this week and bringing our long disused blog mascot front and center, I wish all my readers a happy Thanksgiving!

Be afraid, be very afraid…

…EneMan thinks he’s “too sexy”: Unfortunately, someone else is claiming EneMan as her mascot: We can’t have that. Remember, EneMan has been this blogs mascot since December 2004. Maybe he’s getting restless because he hasn’t been featured very often the last couple of years. I wonder if I should remedy that…

“Say hello to my little friend!”

I realize I’ve been a bit remiss in my usual monthly feature, in which I have until recently featured a photo of our blog mascot from the infamous Fleet Pharmaceuticals calendar. This year’s been the most bizarre one of all, a radical departure. One might wonder why I’ve missed August. Here’s why:

If you happen to be a blogger, has there ever been anything that you meant to blog about, but it totally slipped your mind? This is just such an item for me. Yes, multiple people e-mailed me about this on Friday, and for some reason in my amusement at David Kirby’s antics over the weekend…

An image from San Diego

An image from in front of the San Diego Convention Center last week: I never knew our blog mascot had a second job. I guess working for Fleet must not pay what it used to.

EneMan the science fiction star

As I mentioned in January, everybody’s favorite blog mascot has seemingly undertaken a new career in show biz. In fact, he’s become a big movie star, even popping up in some fairly avant garde movies. This month, however, he’s popping up in a most unexpected place: In one of the greatest science fiction movies of…

Better late than never

I’m on the road for the weekend, and Internet access will likely be spotty until sometime Monday afternoon. Does that mean Orac has abandoned his readers? O ye of little faith! Of course not! There are scheduled posts in the meantime; that is, assuming that ScienceBlog’s post scheduling feature doesn’t let me down. Lately, it’s…

It’s a new year. Overall, 2007 was a good year for Respectful Insolence. When I first started this whole blogging thing, I had no idea that I’d still be at it three years later. Moreover, I had no idea that I’d still be able to produce posts good enough that people still want to read…

Oops, I did it again

It’s times like these that I wonder if I’ve been at this blogging thing a bit too long. I ask that question because I’ve done it again. I’ve done the same thing in 2007 that I did a year ago in 2006. I missed my own blogiversary. Yes, believe it or not, yesterday was the…

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…

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…

A double dose of…

…Eneman! I was remiss in July. It happens that I totally forgot to post the monthly feature that has become a tradition over the last two years of blogging. Oh, I tried to make up for it by resurrecting a rather amusing EneMan article from nearly two years ago as an installment of Your Friday…

Unfortunately, I was way too busy this week to come up with a new edition of Your Friday Dose of Woo. However, there’s still stuff to be mined from the ancient history of this blog, stuff that most of you, my readers, have probably not seen. This one, for instance, dates back nearly two years…

Portrait of the artist reviewing grants

This is what Orac would look like this weekend if he were his blog mascot and if those piles of papers surrounding him were NIH grants. Yes, NIH Study Section time is coming up in less than two weeks. It’s grant review crunch time, and this is how I will be spending the remainder of…

Our intrepid mascot has been revealing sides of himself this year of which I had previously been unaware. After all, who knew he was so into art that he’d pose nude without embarrassment? Or that he was a Shakespearean actor? Or that he has a way with the ladies? Maybe it’s because he’s so suave…

…and how! Who knew our intrepid mascot liked hockey so much? I wonder if he’s Canadian. Maybe so.

I don’t recall how I came across this. Perhaps it was while looking for photos of our intrepid mascot that I don’t already have, or perhaps it was to see if anyone else has anything to say about our cheery but strange mascot, the purpose of whose head you really don’t want to think too…

Given that my attempt last year to pull an April Fool’s Day gag fooled no one and in essence went over like the proverbial lead balloon, I’m chastened enough not to try it again this year. Maybe by next year, I’ll get up the nerve again. In the meantime, this little gem came through a…

What’s he got that I haven’t?

In all the confusion, work, and excitement of the last week, including an NIH study section and a trip to give a talk, you may have thought that I’ve forgotten about a monthly feature that has been ongoing here since the very beginning and that will likely continue as long as (1) this blog exists…

Here’s a blog that Shelley discovered and that I’ve been meaning to mention for a week now: Drug Rep Toys. Yep, it’s a blog whose purpose is to review and rate the various bits of swag that drug reps hand out to us doctors in the hopes that (I guess) we’ll prescribe or use their…

Vacation’s end

Sadly, for many, today marks the end of their vacation (or at least of their long weekend). Fortunately, I was smart enough (as well as able) to take one last precious day off tomorrow to head into the city and check out an exhibit at the Met that my wife and I want to see.…

An all time high

October was a very good month for Respectful Insolence, a very good month indeed. In fact, traffic for this blog reached an all-time high, edging out the previous best month (May 2006) by about 1,000 visits on Sitemeter. It just goes to show that, although traffic has more or less leveled off and is fluctuating…