- Vaccine Whistleblower: An antivaccine “exposé” full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
– Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5
“Vaccine Whistleblower”? More …
- Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules: A Chemist Separates Fact from Fiction
“Dr. Joe” (from the title of his radio show) has done it again. He keeps putting out books faster than I can take them in; this one is titled Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules. It is packed with pithy analyses of health-related subjects that should be of particular interest to SBM readers.
- Aging and Longevity: Science for Spring Chickens
We’re all going to die, but we don’t like to think about it. I’ll reach the proverbial threescore years and ten next month, so I’ve been thinking more about it, wishing I knew some reliable way to ensure that I would live many more years and remain fully functional until I s…
- Leaky Bowel
Pictured: Something you might need if you actually had a leaky gut. Click to embiggen. Weirdo.
We are at a disadvantage. We have to rely on reality to validate the practice of medicine. Anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, chemistry, the basic sciences that made up the first two years of medical sch…
- The Rosedale Diet: Here We Go Again
Ron Rosedale, MD has devised a “powerful program based on the new science of leptin.” “Finally — the ultimate diet for fast, safe weight loss, lifelong health, and longer life…” He suggests it will prevent or improve high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, oste…
- “Finally…The Low Back Pain Solution”: A Chiropractor Makes Questionable Claims
Pictured: Railgun patient launcher Magnetic resonance imaging machine, not a useful tool in identifying the cause of back pain
The ads in my local newspaper are a never-ending source of questionable health claims, most often from diet supplement manufacturers and chiropractors. There’s no si…
- The “Healing Codes” of Alex Loyd: Energy Healing with Words and Finger Exercises
Pictured: A book that you shouloyd not buy.
Alex Loyd’s concept of “Healing Codes” is one of the most bizarre, ridiculous offshoots of so-called energy medicine. Loyd is a naturopath who has been criticized by “Dr. Joe” Schwarcz for recycling old bunk for profit. He c…
- Bill Maher: Still an antivaccine crank after all these years
Bill Maher (right) pays rapt attention to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (left) as he gives pointers about how to be a crankier antivaccine crank.
It is with reluctance that I decided to write about this topic again, given how many times I’ve written about it over the last decade, both here and at m…
- “America’s Quack” strikes back
Wile E. Coyote or Dr. Henry Miller? You be the judge!
Those of you who read my not-so-super-secret other blog (or who follow the news) familiar with this, but I feel that what happened over the last couple of weeks with respect to a man to whom I like to refer as “America’s Quack”…
- Less benefit, more risk. Our assumptions about health treatments are probably wrong.
Patient discussing treatment options with a pharmacist.
I’m a health professional, but sometimes a patient as well. And like most patients, I generally don’t want health decisions being made without my input. Yes, I want the best medical information, and the advice of medical professio…
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