Medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking

Biodynamic farming: Like anthroposophic medicine, only on the farm

Rudolf Steiner had a farm, and on that farm he had some woo. It is called biodynamic farming, and what woo it is!

Autism Bioethics Cancer Clinical trials EneMan

Yes, Virginia, unlike CAM, science-based medicine does change based on science

“Alternative medicine,” so-called “complementary and alternative medicine” (CAM), or, as it’s become fashionable to call it, “integrative medicine” is a set of medical practices that are far more based on belief than science. As my good bud and collaborator Mark Crislip so pointedly reminded us last week, CAM is far more akin to religion than […]

Complementary and alternative medicine EneMan Medicine Quackery

Subjecting children to enema “detoxification”

Even though I’ve been at this skeptical blogging thing, particularly about “alternative” medicine, so long (eight years now) that I think I’ve seen it all, that nothing the quacks do can shock me any more. It’s a foolish hubris, I admit, but, I hope, an understandable one after over eight years of blogging multiple times […]

Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Medicine Quackery

The return of the microfascists (and their micro brownshirts and microtruncheons)

It’s grant crunch time, as the submission deadline for revised R01s is July 5. However, in a classic example of how electronic filing has actually made things more difficult, the grant has to be done and at the university grant office a week before the deadline if it is to be uploaded in time. So, […]

Complementary and alternative medicine Humor Medicine Skepticism/critical thinking

Pulling reflexology out of one’s nether regions

I can’t think of a better way to start year seven on the ol’ blog. Remember how I speculated that perhaps Age of Autism or would provide me with the first topic of my next year of blogging? It turns out that I was wrong. It didn’t come from either of those sources, although […]