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Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

When burning woo produces deceptive testimonials

PZ’s muscling in on my territory. Apparently, ruling the Darwinian, creationist-destroying atheist cephalopod blogging world isn’t enough, and he has to start moving in on medicine. No problem, given that this time around he brought some rather interesting woo to my attention, suggesting it as perhaps a suitable topic for Your Friday Dose of Woo […]

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Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

Moving on to cancer quackery…Zeolite and other oddities

Over the last few days, it seems to me, I’ve been blogging so much about antivaccine lunacy that I was beginning to wonder whether I should rename the blog “Respectfully Insolent Antivaccine Slapdowns.” As good as it’s been to dwell on seeing the antivaccine movement suffer two major setbacks in 2009 even before we’ve reached […]

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Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

Dr. Jay Gordon: Will you please stop claiming you’re not an antivaccinationist?

I knew it. I just knew it. I just knew that when I finally decided to come back from my absence from this blog that something very unpleasant and sad would be waiting for me. True, there had actually been one very nasty thing that I simply had to deal with a few days ago, […]

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Cancer Clinical trials Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

Bummer about them vitamins…again

I have to say, this is getting monotonous. Let me back up a minute. One of the most common beliefs among users and advocates of “complementary and alternative” medicine (CAM) is that supplementation with vitamins will have all sorts of beneficial health effects. True, this belief is also pervasive among people who wouldn’t go to […]