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Prevention: you keep using that word…

Warning: this post has a long, boring prologue. Proceed at your own risk. I am an expert in the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. That’s what I do from well before the sun rises until well after it sets every day of every week. To become an expert and retain this status is not…

Before you trust that blog…

Doug Bremner has a blog. That blog sucks. Bremner is an apparently well-regarded psychiatrist, and takes a refreshing look at the influence of industry not just on pharmaceuticals but on the conduct of science itself. His outspoken views have led to attempts to squelch his academic freedoms. But his sometimes-heroic record does not excuse dangerous…

Quackery, fraud, and irresponsible practice

There is no clear definition of “quackery”. Stephen Barrett, founder of Quackwatch, discusses the slippery nature of the definition and the issues of intent and competence. Defining quackery of necessity involves some subjective judgment, but there are objective parameters we can apply. If someone is hyping a medical practice without adequate scientific evidence and is…

It’s just disgusting.  Autism spectrum disorders are an important health problem (although not the “epidemic” claimed by some).  While real scientists and clinicians (and parents) are looking for causes and treatments based on evidence, fake experts are pulling “answers” out of their backsides.  Studies of families with autism have shown specific genetic defects associated with…

My head just asploded! Twice!

The Huffington Post put up a good piece about vaccination. It’s by Dr. Harvey Karp, and he does an especially nice job looking at some of the “scary numbers” used by the infectious disease promoters. He’s also getting swamped with wackaloon comments, so if you don’t mind giving HuffPo your clicks, you might want to…

In relation to my recent bits about Jenny McCarthy and her antivaccination nonsense, reader Isabel asks the following: I’ve been following this discussion for awhile, PalMD, and while I agree that JM sounds like a nut, and while I feel sorry for her kid for being stuck with her as a mother, it’s hard for…

The fake experts of HuffPo

It’s no secret that I think the Huffington Post is an teeming den execrable pseudoscientific snakes. Still, when it comes to fanning the vaccination manufatroversy, they are really off the deep end. Take the latest piece of dreck on Jenny McCarthy, GoD (Google Doctorate). It’s written by the infamous “Dr.” Patricia Fitzgerald, and this is…

Orac’s money quote of the day

Orac isn’t known for his sound bites. He tends to write pieces which, in the blogosphere, might be considered rather long, and for good reason—he has a lot to say, and he says it well. But sometimes there is a gem of insolence that is so apt, it must be reshared: But what really makes…

Do fake autism activists have souls?

I don’t know what it’s like to be autistic. I don’t know what it’s like to raise an autistic child. For this knowledge, I have to rely on others, and there are plenty of talented bloggers out there who write about these experiences all the time. What I do know is that there is a…

Let’s call a wacko a wacko

“You know the moon landings were ginned up on a Hollywood sound stage, right?” “Hey, how come it’s so hard to get the Truth out there about the 9/11 attacks being staged by the CIA/Mossad?” “I don’t know why they think I’m crazy; the aliens really did probe my anus.” We hear crap like this…