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Orac knows quackery

As promised, here is the first list of links of “classic insolence” from the old blog. For new readers, this is a place to start as far as my writings about quackery and dubious alternative medicine:

  • What is an "altie"?
  • Understanding alternative medicine “testimonials” for cancer cures
  • Battling quackery in conventional medicine
  • How can intelligent people use alternative medicine?
  • The Orange Man
  • How not to win friends and influence people
  • Polio returns, thanks to anti-vaccination zealots
  • Antivaccination rhetoric running rampant on the Huffington Post (Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6)
  • Salon.com flushes its credibility down the toilet (Part 2: Swimming through the thimerosal; part 3: Thimerosal and autism: Two questions)
  • Sadly, it was only a matter of time: An autistic boy dies during chelation therapy (followups: Kirby tries to cover his posterior; Selective outrage over treatment-related deaths; The autopsy results; The CDC flubs it
  • Argh! Chelationists are mailing pitches to my office! Also see Part 2: Satisfaction; and Part 3: Revenge of the chelationist
  • Is Bill Maher really that ignorant? (plus: Bill Maher: Antivax wingnut)
  • More antivaccination nonsense…but not from Bill Maher this time
  • The “pharma shill” gambit
  • Avoiding scientific delusions
  • Just what your water needs: More electrons!
  • “Alternative” nutrition takes the life of a baby
  • Stem cell quackery
  • Dr. Buttar has a new protocol
  • The HIV/AIDS denialist files: Another tragically unnecessary death of a child (plus: An HIV/AIDS “skeptic” questions my honesty and decency…; More rebuttals of HIV/AIDS “skeptics”; The Eliza Jane Scovill case on Primetime Live; and One last thought on the Al-Bayati report
  • More evidence that alternative medicine boosters don’t really want scientific evaluation of their therapies
  • More antivaccination nonsense..but not from Bill Maher this time
  • Airborne: Created by a schoolteacher, so it must work!
  • The sociology of the antivaccination movement
  • Dubious therapy of the week: “Touchless” chiropractic
  • By Orac

    Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

    That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

    DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

    To contact Orac: [email protected]

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