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There have been some disturbing rumors circulating about Dr. Rolando Arafiles, the Texas doctor who enlisted a local sheriff to harass and ultimately prosecute local nurses. The nurses filed anonymous complaints with the state medical board about Arafiles’ practices, and one of them is now in court facing felony charges for doing her job. One…

Bad Touching

Tragedy can bring out the best and the worst in humanity. The Haitian earthquake has seen an outpouring money (the most needed type of aid) and other emergency aid. A few days ago I pondered what sort of quackery would emerge to fill a need that doesn’t exist. Homeopaths responded, of course, and while clean…

HuffPo—the Great Attractor of idiocy

The shamans of stupidity over at Huffington Post recently wrote a completely insane article whining about how unfair it is that science keeps winning. Orac did his usual best to illustrate how bizarre these folks are (and how wrong). But I also love the comments to the piece. They were an interesting mix of jaws…

Dangerous medicine?

An interesting discussion has been going on over at TerraSig. Abel used his expertise in pharmacology to help explain some of the nearly-inexplicable events that led to the injury of dozens and deaths of several participants in a sweat lodge ceremony. The investigation led to a Michigan physician who runs a “men’s health” practice and…

As we mentioned earlier, Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the infectious disease promotion group NVIC, is suing a bunch of people for “defaming” her. Today she posted a piece at Age of Autism entitled, “2010 Needs A Fearless Conversation About Vaccination.” She is suing a nationally-known vaccine expert, the reporter who interviewed him, and the…

Food isn’t medicine

The fake doctors at HuffPo are at it again. This time, Patricia Fitzgerald is writing about the “Top 10 Healing Foods of the Decade.” The article has just enough correct information in it to be exceptionally wrong. One of the more ironic aspects to this is her quoting Michael Pollan. I have problems with some…

Damned lies and idiots

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is reportedly a doctor, although according to her website, she no longer practices medicine in any recognizable way. Perhaps that’s why she utters completely idiotic statements such as this one pointed out to me by Brother Orac: Study these numbers. We’ve had SARS, Bird flu and Swine flu. On average, approx. 190…

Raw milk—another spectacularly bad idea

I’ve never understood food fads. Michael Pollan’s maxim, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” has always seemed like reasonable, practical advice. Maybe it’s a disease of plenty—we have so much food, we have to find new ways to conceptualize it. Unless you live in an inner city, you can go to any market and…

Wouldn’t it be cool if after we died we didn’t…die? Just like in the fairy tales, we could go to some place where we play harps on clouds and eat marshmallows for breakfast; we could play with our dead dogs, and somehow manage to live in harmony with all of our dead lovers. Unless we…

More dangerous naturopathic nonsense

After reading the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Physician’s idiotic flu handout I decided to see what our American naturopaths had to say about flu. It’s not good. The most effective way to prevent influenza is through vaccination. Good hand hygiene probably helps. Nothing else really does, but that has never stopped quacks from making wildly…