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You pulled that out of where?

Last week I gave you a refresher course on the invalid arguments used by altmed boosters. The Turf Battle Fallacy and Pharma Shill Gambit are classics for a number of reasons. The most amusing thing about these gambits is their hypocrisy.   The alternative medicine movement is  essentially a collection of businesses selling unproven supplements…

Update on fake diseases

I’ve been a bit busy lately and haven’t been able to update you on some important developments in the field of imaginary diseases. Update 1: Chronic Lyme Disease So-called “chronic Lyme disease” (CLD) is a diverse constellation of symptoms which are often attributed to Lyme disease, but without objective evidence of infection with the organism…

Dana Ullman is an idiot. Or maybe insane. I’m not sure which, but his latest article at the Huffington Post reveals such a severe defect in rational thought that it must be one or the other (charitably speaking). He calls it “Lies, Damn Lies (sic), and Medical Research,” and the point of it is quite…

Too much of a bad thing

I’ve never liked Gary Null. Early in my blogging “career” I wasted thousands of words expressing my incredulity at his horrible health advice, his paranoid rants, and his shameless hucksterism. Then I saw something shiny and forgot about him for a while. But now blog bud Orac has ruined my reverie. He informs me that…

Vaccination’s night of the living dead

Some crazy, currently unbloggable crap is going down around Casa Pal this week, so I’m going to have to open up a bloggy doggy bag for you. I have a nice piece in the works for Sunday or Monday which is brand, spanking new. This was originally published on 5/6/2009. –PalMD Some bad ideas refuse…

Chopra, soul, and a big, insoluble mess

The recent arrests of the Hutaree cult here in Michigan are part of a tradition of militant separatism in this part of the country, beginning with the militia movements in the late 20th century and climaxing (hopefully) in the terrorist acts of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. This latest incident is interesting in that it…

It has been alleged by Great Minds such as Jenny McCarthy (D.Goog.) that the US recommends far more vaccinations than other countries.  Her precise statement was, “How come many other countries give their kids one-third as many shots as we do?” She put this into the context of wondering if our current vaccine schedule should be less…

(This piece appears today at Science-Based Medicine and is re-posted here today because I like it and I’m lazy. –PalMD) A couple of years ago, a number of us raised concerns about an “investigative reporter” at a Detroit television station. ¬†At the time I noted that investigative reporters serve an important role in a democracy,…

Quackery, pure and simple

What constitutes quackery depends very much on how quackery is defined. If part of that definition is making false or unsubstantiated claims about a medical product you are selling, then Dr. Rolando Arifiles is a quack. Dr Arafiles and his cronies in the Winkler County government may not realize is that this “internet” thing works…

CardioFuel—another magic pill

I get a lot of email asking me about various alternative therapies and supplements. A recurring theme on this blog has been the hyperbolic claims of alternative practitioners and supplement makers, and while I can’t answer every email, I can at least address some of them in the blog. Supplements are often marketed using unsupported…