The 122nd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle: A committee meeting

I really have to apologize to the Young Australian Skeptics. I screwed up. I didn’t do my duty as organizer of The Skeptics’ Circle. The Aussies provided a bang-up edition of the 122nd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle, and I didn’t even promote it. So I’m promoting it now. Go. Read. Enjoy. Then join us […]

Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Politics

Vaccination for H1N1 “swine” flu: Do The Atlantic, Shannon Brownlee, and Jeanne Lenzer matter?

I had meant to address this topic last week, but the whole Suzanne Somers thing bubbled up and overwhelmed my blogging attention. Regular readers of this blog probably realize that I tend to live and die as a blogger by the maxim that if some is good more must be better. So I clobbered the […]

Antivaccine nonsense Medicine

The Atlantic, “methodolatry,” and pandemic swine flu

I’d like to thank revere right now publicly. He’s taught me a new word: Methodolatry: The profane worship of the randomized clinical trial as the only valid method of investigation. Many of my readers have e-mailed me about a recent article in The Atlantic by Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer, two reporters whose particular bias […]

Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

Mike Adams evaporates yet another of my irony meters, this time about Dr. Andrew Weil

Thank you, Mike Adams. You’ve saved my blogging posterior yet again. What do I mean? Well, I had originally intended to do a lucid, insightful, penetrating analysis of a scientific study today. However, when I got home last night after a hard day in clinic I was just too tired. So, faced with that, I […]

Complementary and alternative medicine Entertainment/culture Medicine Popular culture Quackery Television

One last brief comment about Suzanne Somers

Before I move on for a while from the topic of that faded 1970s comic actress, Suzanne Somers, whose latest book is a paean to cancer quackery and who has been carpetbombing the airwaves with burning napalm stupid, I think one revelation is worth a brief mention. Specifically, after my post about how I find […]