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Archives for May, 2009

I love my commenters. Some of them are really, really smart. I’d like to share an exchange with you, but first the context. Morgellons syndrome is a label created by an American woman to describe a group of people who all believe they have mysterious fibers coming out of their skin. I’ve posted a bit…

Sorry, busy here

Sorry I’m short on content right now. It’s really busy around here and I don’t want to torture you with reposts. Stay tuned.

WWJE (What would Jenny McCarthy eat?)

Apparently not much. From her new Oprah-fied blog: If I can really do it I will officially have a diet that looks like this… No wheat No dairy No refined sugar No caffeine No alcohol No smoking No yeast I can forgive simple category errors, like putting smoking in the diet column. I’m certainly curious…

Truth under seige in the UK

Libel law in the UK seems very odd to Americans, with our emphasis on free speech. But, hey, we’ve had our own country for two hundred and almost two score years now, and I’m happy to report that, at least over here, we can still call a quack a quack. But in England, you can’t…

Saturday morning reflections

I had this great idea for my PalCast today, but I have a cold and my voice is squeaking like a twelve-year-old boy, so I’m just going to have to write. I woke up a little early—I love mornings. I opened up the back door to listen to the wind blowing through the new leaves,…

I can’t tell if it is a trend yet, but it seems there has been a bit of a decrease in the outright quackery published in the Huffington Post lately. But that doesn’t mean it’s disappeared, and the poor quality of the writing more than makes up for the decreased quantity. Case in point: Why…

In a recent post, Dr. Free Ride made some excellent points about conflict of interest and medical professionalism (emphasis mine): What I find more interesting, and problematic, here is [the authors'] unexamined premise that it is a bad thing that medical experts have a certain kind of monopoly. Indeed, their monopoly is recognized by the…

Syphilis—the king of spirochetes

All this talk of Lyme disease is getting me all excited about spirochetes. Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, is a spirochetal bacterium, and so is Treponema pallidum, the spirochete that causes syphilis. Now, if you’re thinking syphilis is all about sores on the naughty bits, you’re missing the best parts of the…

Lyme disease—who is credible?

I recently had a pleasant, brief email exchange with Kris Newby, the producer of the latest medical advocacy pic, Under Our Skin. There’s been a number of similar movies lately, mostly about quacky cancer therapies. This one is apparently much better made, and follows the controversy regarding “chronic” Lyme disease. I’d heard an interview about…

I must be doing something right

My recent rantings about the Huffington Post have been picked up by both the Left and the Right. How funny is that?