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March 27, 2015

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12:00 PM | Regulating magic: The FDA considers revamping its regulation of homeopathic products
Homeopathy is quackery. It can’t be repeated often enough. Homeopathy is The One Quackery To Rule Them All. It is based on prescientific vitalism and principles so addled that one must wonder whether Samuel Hahnemann, the guy who dreamt up this medical system, was a fan of excess alcohol use, opium, marijuana, or some unholy…

March 26, 2015

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12:15 PM | The quack view of preventing cancer versus reality and Angelina Jolie, part 3
I happen to be in Houston right now attending the Society of Surgical Oncology annual meeting. Sadly, I’m only about 12 miles away from the lair of everybody’s favorite faux clinical researcher and purveyor of a cancer cure that isn’t, Stanislaw Burzynski. Such is life. In any case, this conference is all about cancer and…
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12:15 PM | The quack view of preventing cancer versus reality and Angelina Jolie, part 3
I happen to be in Houston right now attending the Society of Surgical Oncology annual meeting. Sadly, I’m only about 12 miles away from the lair of everybody’s favorite faux clinical researcher and purveyor of a cancer cure that isn’t, Stanislaw Burzynski. Such is life. In any case, this conference is all about cancer and…

March 25, 2015

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11:00 AM | Medical marijuana and the new herbalism, part 3: Cannabis does not cure breast cancer
It’s been a while since I discussed medical marijuana, even though it’s a topic I’ve been meaning to come back to since I first dubbed medical marijuana to be the equivalent of herbalism and discussed how the potential of cannabinoids to treat cancer has been, thus far, unimpressive, with relatively modest antitumor effects. The reason…

March 18, 2015

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12:08 PM | Hippocrates Health Institute “cease and desist” is withdrawn (UPDATE)
I’ve received an update from the public relations firm that represents Hippocrates Health Institute – Vicki Johnson of Sachs Media Group. They have been cleared of all charges. Here is their statement. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (17-March-2015) — The Florida Department of Health today formally informed Hippocrates Health Institute that it has withdrawn and dismissed the… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:UPDATED – the inevitable: Aboriginal rights trump […]
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11:55 AM | A brief bit of shameless self-promotion…The Prince of Wales edition
In an effort to expand the Gorski empire almost to the level of the Crislip empire and to try to make it to somwhere within two or three orders of magnitude of the Novella empire, I’ve published an article on Slate.com about Prince Charles’ visit to our fine country entitled Prince of Pseudoscience. Consider this […]
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11:00 AM | In which a certain box of blinky lights is published in Slate.com pontificating about Prince Charles
After a busy and late day yesterday, I didn’t have any gas left in the tank, if you know what I mean, to produce Insolence as epic as my posts about The Food Babe and cries of antivaccine activists of “Help, help! I’m being repressed!” Or maybe I should say that Orac’s power supply is…

March 17, 2015

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10:45 AM | Vani Hari, a.k.a. “The Food Babe,” doubles down on the misinformation in her response to the New York Times
To put it mildly, I’m not a big fan of Vani Hari, who has achieved Internet notoriety as a highly misguided “food activist” better known as The Food Babe. As The Food Babe, Hari has improbably become a minor celebrity by attacking food companies over various ingredients their products and, unfortunately, seems poised for more.…

March 16, 2015

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11:00 AM | Medical marijuana as the new herbalism, part 3: A “cannabis cures cancer” testimonial
It’s been a while since I discussed medical marijuana, even though it’s a topic I’ve been meaning to come back to since I first dubbed medical marijuana to be the equivalent of herbalism and discussed how the potential of cannabinoids to treat cancer has been, thus far, unimpressive, with relatively modest antitumor effects. The reason […]
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10:00 AM | An “un-American suppression” of antivaccine views or good reporting?
I’ve been writing a lot of posts on what I like to call the “antivaccine dogwhistle.” In politics, a “dog whistle” refers to rhetoric that sounds to the average person to be reasonable and even admirable but, like the way that a dog whistle can’t be heard by humans because the frequency of its tone…

March 12, 2015

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10:45 AM | The antivaccine movement wins in Oregon: Senate Bill 442 is dead
How quickly things change. If there’s one thing I always feel obligated to warn my fellow pro-science advocates about vaccines and the antivaccine movement, it’s that we can never rest on our laurels or assume that the tide is turning in our direction. The reason is simple: Antivaccinationism is a powerful belief system, every bit…

March 11, 2015

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7:00 AM | Mike Adams, a.k.a. the Health Ranger, a health scamster profiled
Anyone who’s read this blog knows my opinion of Mike Adams, the proprietor of the quack website known as NaturalNews.com. It is not favorable, to put it mildly. All you have to do to realize that is to type his name into the search box of this blog and see what comes up: Anger at…
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7:00 AM | Mike Adams, a.k.a. the Health Ranger, a health scamster profiled
Anyone who’s read this blog knows my opinion of Mike Adams, the proprietor of the quack website known as NaturalNews.com. It is not favorable, to put it mildly. All you have to do to realize that is to type his name into the search box of this blog and see what comes up: Anger at…

March 10, 2015

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10:30 AM | A climate scientist becomes a denialist arguing vaccine pseudoscience
The human mind is amazing in its ability to compartmentalize. Many are the times when I’ve come across people who seem reasonable in every other way but who cling tightly to one form of pseudoscience or another. On the other hand, as I’ve noticed time and time again, people whose minds have a proclivity for…

March 06, 2015

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2:15 PM | Alternative cancer therapies: The quest for certainty
“I don’t want knowledge. I want certainty!” –David Bowie, from Law (Earthlings on Fire) I know I’ve already said this once, but I have to say it again, but it’s been a rather stressful week on the old blog, but I hadn’t planned on writing about this particular topic again (although I will say that…

March 05, 2015

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11:30 AM | CNBC publishes an antivaccine press release from the Weston A. Price Foundation and Leslie Manookian
One of the things I’ve noticed over the last decade of covering pseudoscience and quackery from a skeptical point of view is that no pseudoscientific trope ever really dies. This is particularly true of antivaccine tropes. No matter how many times this piece or that of antivaccine misinformation is slapped down, sooner or later it…

March 04, 2015

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1:30 PM | Alternative oncology versus oncology
I hadn’t planned on discussing the death of Jess Ainscough again, figuring two posts in a row were enough for now, barring new information. Besides, I was getting a little tired of the seemingly unending stream of her fans castigating me for being “insensitive” and saying it was “too soon” to discuss her death and…

March 03, 2015

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12:00 PM | Mike Adams attacks Jimmy Kimmel for “hate speech”
The last couple of days have been unrelentingly serious and depressing, with posts on the (probably) preventable death of a young Australian woman named Jess Ainscough of a rare cancer because she made the mistake of choosing the quackery that is the Gerson protocol rather than conventional medicine. Unfortunately, the “natural health community” will almost…

March 02, 2015

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11:00 AM | Aftermath: Will the “alternative health movement” learn anything from Jess Ainscough’s death?
It’s been a rather…interesting…weekend. Friday, I noted the death of Jess Ainscough, a.k.a. “The Wellness Warrior,” a young Australian woman who was unfortunate enough to develop epithelioid sarcoma, a rare cancer, at the age of 22. I’ve been blogging about her because after her doctors tried isolated limb perfusion with chemotherapy in an attempt to…
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