The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons appears to be a legitimate medical professional group. It's not. It's a far right wing group of doctors masquerading as a professional society. Its journal reflects that by being packed with pseudoscience and antivaccine misinformation.
It occurs to me that I haven’t done much straight science blogging lately. Yes, debunking pseudoscience and quackery is fun, useful, and has the potential to educate people about how science is misused, but this is ScienceBlogs. Since arriving here four weeks ago, I haven’t fulfilled my quota of science blogging, and it’s time to remedy that. Fortunately, while perusing a recent issue of Cancer Research, I found just the ticket, something that would let me discuss science and still stay related to one of the main themes of this blog, alternative medicine.
Given the spring-like weather we’ve been enjoying the last couple of days, I happened across a reminder of what the weather was like just a few weeks ago. I’ve never understood the attraction of doing this for fun. To me it looks profoundly unpleasant at best. Insanity.
Just a reminder that the Skeptics’ Circle is nearly upon us. It’s scheduled to appear this Thursday at Paiges’ Page. Get your submissions to Paige at [email protected] before Wednesday night. The guidelines can be found here, with more detail than you probably want to know here. Let’s help Paige keep up the tradition of great Meetings of the Skeptics’ Circle!
It’s good to see the Pooflinger back in action. It really is. I don’t even mind that he’s starting to muscle in on my territory, because, as he points out, alties need poo-love too. In the process He’s unearthed a “gem” of altie wackiness that even I had never encountered before. Better still, he’s returned to deconstructing that tome of creationist nuttiness, The Evolution Cruncher.
Light blogging today, as I’m in the O.R. (Although there will be one more brief post, which, thanks to the wonders of Movable Type’s ability to let me schedule a time when posts are published, will be appearing early this afternoon, while I’m still working.The reason why I’m delaying it will, hopefully, be apparent.) Light blogging or not, I couldn’t resist mentioning a post by Kathleen Seidel in which she’s picked up on something that I hadn’t noticed but wish I had. In a long, multi-topic “roundup” sort of post, near the end, she mentions RFK Jr.’s essay Tobacco Science …
Geez, it snuck up on me this week. Grand Rounds vol. 2, no. 24 has been posted at Emergiblog, and I totally forgot to submit some custom Respectful Insolence. Go forth and experience the best that the Orac-less medical blogosphere has to offer. (It’s probably an improvement over the weeks when I do submit something.)
I was going to give this a rest for a while, but this is too good not to post a brief note about. Posted in the comments of my piece debunking the Geiers’ pseudoscience and their laughable “scientific” article claiming to show a decrease in the rate of new cases of autism since late 2002, when thimerosal was removed from vaccines completely other than some flu vaccines was this gem of a comment, by one MarkCC, which stated the essence of what was wrong with the Geiers’ so-called “statistical analysis” of the VAERS database:
Curse you, Mark and David Geier. I’m getting tired of having to subject my scientific and critical thinking skills to the assaults on science and reason that you routinely publish in dubious journals to use as weapons in your apparently never-ending crusade to extract as much money as possible out of vaccine manufacturers and the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Dissecting your pseudoscientific claims causes me pain, not so much that I’m driven to take a hiatus from blogging, as Matt was by Kent Hovind’s creationism, but almost. I had hoped to let this cup pass, given how much I’ve written …
A while back, I mentioned how the budget proposed in the President’s budget for the NIH for fiscal year 2007 was flat. It turns out that, for those of us in the field of cancer research, it’s worse than that. Making the rounds at our cancer institute is an e-mail from one of the higher-ups, which points out the following sobering facts about the budget for the National Cancer Institute (the FY 2007 proposed budget for HHS can be found here, particularly page 34): The President’s budget proposal submitted to Congress will keep funding for the National Institutes of Health …