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What Not To Write in an E-mail to SBM

When I started this blog 10 years ago part of the purpose was to create a venue where we could interact with the media and the public. Blogs have much more immediacy than a printed journal, can react much more quickly to the news cycle, and can form the basis of a real-time discussion. Tracking […]

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Death by Gardasil? Not so fast there…

I’ve been writing about antivaccine pseudoscience for a long time now, both here and elsewhere. Indeed, I was thinking about this the other day and realized that I made my first big splash countering antivaccine misinformation around 13 years ago, and that I had spent about five years before that sparring with antivaxers on Usenet. […]

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Kennedy, Fisher and Bigtree: a triple dose of anti-vaccine injected into upcoming chiropractic conference

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Even as the flu season, with its consequent hospitalizations and deaths, rages on, chiropractors are outdoing themselves in promoting anti-vaccine ideology at this year’s “Freedom for Family Wellness 2018 Summit Washington, D.C.” (but actually in Reston, VA), scheduled for March. While in previous years so-called “chiropractic pediatrics” conferences have invited anti-vaccine […]

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Show your heart some love this Valentine’s Day

Although popular love songs might tell you otherwise, a broken heart can’t kill you—but heart disease can. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, taking about 630,000 lives each year. You might not be able to avoid Cupid’s arrow, but you can take steps to lower your […]

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Vision Therapy Quackery

There are far too many specific types of medical pseudoscience to address fully, even with a daily blog. It often seems that new ones are created faster than we can address existing dubious treatments, products, and health claims. That is why it is critical that we focus on basic concepts – the red flags that […]

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Broken Brain

Mark Hyman has a new series of 8 documentaries on The Broken Brain.  He interviews over 50 “experts” carefully selected to agree with his ideas, with nary a word of dissent. He says we are experiencing an epidemic of broken brains, manifesting as anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, and a host of other […]

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The effort of integrative medicine advocates to co-opt the opioid crisis to claim non pharmacological treatments for pain as solely theirs continues apace

Leave it to integrative medicine advocates. No sooner do I discuss how they are co-opting the opioid crisis as a “rationale” for integrating quackery into medicine for the treatment of chronic pain than they serve up another example of just that tendency. I saw this example where I see a lot of examples of this […]

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