The claim that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US has always rested on very shaky evidence; yet it has become common wisdom that is cited as though everyone accepts it. But if estimates of 250,000 to 400,000 deaths due to medical error are way too high, what is the real number? A recently published study suggests that it’s almost certainly a lot lower.
Dr. Lawrence Palevsky is an antivaccine pediatrician. His recent testimony before the Connecticut legislature, which is being touted on antivaccine websites, shows just how antivax he is.
The World Health Organization recently held its Global Vaccine Safety Summit. Antivaccine propagandist Del Bigtree cherry picked quotes to make it seem as though WHO scientists were questioning vaccine safety and made a video. Unfortunately, that video went viral. Fortunately, even those cherry picked quotes weren't very convincing.
A newly published systematic review of systematic reviews tells us what we've known. Acupuncture doesn't work for chronic pain.
"the goop lab" will premiere on Netflix on January 24. It's just the latest goop vehicle to sell quackery to women under the guise of "empowerment."
Whole Foods was purchased by Amazon in 2017. If you thought that would make a difference in the selling of quackery by Whole Foods, you thought wrong. Homeopathy and antivaccine quackery still rule there.
This week,a ridiculous practice called "perineum sunning" (or "butthole sunning") went viral on social media and the news. It's so ridiculous a practice that I have to wonder if social media influencers made up for clicks.
Jami Hepworth is a doctor's wife. Having dubbed herself the "Skeptical Doctor's Wife," she has become an antivaccine activist. Unfortunately, doctor's wife or not, medicine and science are clearly not her forte. She also doesn't like laughing emojis directed at her.
Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus (false in one thing, false in all things) is a legal principle. That doesn't stop cranks from misusing it to cast doubt on science that they don't like. Overall, it's just another form of black/white dichotomous thinking.