Ever since the $200 million gift by Susan and Henry Samueli to UC-Irvine, I've been thinking about the "integration" of #quackery into #medicine through integrative medicine. The way advocates of quackademic medicine are going to make this "integration" really happen is to start with the #medical schools. The post On the "integration" of quackery into the medical school curriculum appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Southeast Michigan is currently in the midst of a #hepatitis A outbreak that started in August 2016. In Algonac, a small town in the Thumb region, the mayor decided to help a restaurant whose business suffered when one of its new staff members under training caught hepatitis A. Unfortunately, the form that help took was to host an #antivaccine propaganda meeting. The post The Mayor of Algonac responds to a hepatitis A outbreak by promoting antivaccine pseudoscience appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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As you probably noticed, I didn’t #manage a post yesterday. Nor did I manage one today, other than this. That’s because I was busy preparing for QEDCon, where I will be on a panel #and giving a talk, and, of course, putting together my talk. As I write this, I’m horrendously jet lagged; so I probably couldn’t write much that’s coherent anyway. Consequently, there likely won’t be any new posts until next week. I will take a moment, however, to mention that there will be significant changes to this blog in the near future. It’s a process that will likely read more...

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…is right here. Right now, Orac is busily transferring content from the old blog to this shiny new location. Regular readers can probably tell, given that as of today there is currently nowhere near twelve years worth of material here. When I’m ready to turn turn out the lights at the old blog completely and make this the new official #home of that Respectful (and not-so-Respectful) Insolence that only Orac can lay down, I’ll post an announcement both here and at the old blog. I expect that it will be several days, if not a couple of weeks, before that […] The post The read more...

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What #the title says. The old ScienceBlogs version of Respectful Insolence is dead. (Well, not quite, but it soon will be.) This new independent version of Respectful Insolence now rises in its place. The post The old Respectful Insolence is dead. Long live the new Respectful Insolence! appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Last week, the results of ORBITA were published. This clinical trial tested #coronary angioplasty and #stenting versus optimal medical management in patients with single-vessel coronary artery disease. It was a resoundingly negative trial, meaning that adding stenting to drug management didn?t result in detectable clinical improvement. What was distinctive about this trial is that it used a sham #procedure (i.e., placebo) control, which few trials testing surgery or a procedure use. The results of ORBITA emphasize how important sham procedure controls are, whenever they can be ethically used, read more...

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Orac is back, and what does he encounter upon his return? Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the Orwellian-named antivaccine propaganda organization, the National Vaccine Information Center, pontificating about "informed #consent" and vaccines. What she really means is #misinformed consent to refuse vaccines, as in consent based on misinformation, pseudoscience, and fear mongering about vaccines. Naturally, she can't resist bringing in Nazis as well. The post “Vaccine Awareness Week,” misinformed consent, and, of course, Nazis and eugenics appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Two years ago, I took note of an "energy healer" named Charlie Goldsmith and an incredibly poor "clinical trial" being touted as evidence of his healing abilities. It now turns out that Goldsmith is following a trail blazed by #celebrity psychic Tyler Henry and has his own TV show on TLC. His claims are no more plausible or supported by evidence now than they were then. The post Charlie Goldsmith: A new celebrity quack arises, enabled by TLC appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Many are #the #antivaxers who claim they aren't antivaccine. Few are the antivaxers who are honest enough to openly proclaim they are antivaccine. The post The #annals of ?I?m not antivaccine,? part 26: Hating on those who won’t let their antivax freak flag fly high appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Many are #the #antivaxers who claim they aren't antivaccine. Few are the antivaxers who are honest enough to openly proclaim they are antivaccine. The post The #annals of ?I?m not antivaccine,? part 26: “No, I’m not an ‘vaccine safety’ advocate” appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Dr. David Brownstein is a "holistic" family practice physician in my area. Consistent with being "holistic," he is antivaccine to the core. That's why he's unhappy with the recent CDC recommendation that adults over 50 receive the new shingles vaccine. He thinks he's found a clever argument to show it doesn't work. Unfortunately, his argument only reveals his bias and misunderstanding. The post Dr. David Brownstein fought Shingrix, and Shingrix won appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Adjuvant #therapy after surgery, such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, and radiation therapy, has contributed to a 39% decrease in #breast #cancer mortality since 1989. Unfortunately, a significant number of women decline evidence-based adjuvant therapy. A recent study suggests that distrust of the medical system plays a significant role in such refusal. The post Why do some breast cancer patients decline chemotherapy and radiation? appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Last week, the FDA released final regulatory guidance regarding freestanding #stem #cell clinics. The new regulatory framework appears custom-made to allow the FDA to crack down on quack stem cell clinics. But will it? The post The FDA cracks down on quack stem cell clinics…or does it? appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Earlier this month, Chuck Norris and his #wife Gena filed a lawsuit against manufacturers of MRI #contrast agents, claiming that the #gadolinium in them had "poisoned" Gena. But did it? The evidence linking gadolinium with the symptoms Gena Norris suffered is, even under the most generous interpretation, quite shaky, and there is no doubt that she has been victimized by quacks. The post Did a gadolinium contrast agent used for MRIs “poison” Chuck Norris’ wife Gena? appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Cancer #quackery, particularly the false hope it engenders in #cancer patients, infuriates me. Earlier this week The Sun published an article suggesting that a form of quackery called the Berkson protocol allowed a mother with metastatic pancreatic cancer to survive unexpectedly long enough to see her daughter married. It almost certainly did nothing of the sort. The post Yet another clickbait testimonial manipulates emotions to make cancer quackery appear effective appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Earlier this month, the Society for Integrative Oncology published an article attempting to define what ?#integrative #oncology? is. The definition, when it isn?t totally vague, ignores the pseudoscience at the heart of integrative oncology and medicine. The post Defining “integrative oncology” and failing appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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"Nobel #disease" is a term designed to describe whatever it is that drives some Nobel laureates to embrace pseudoscience or quackery later in their careers. One of its most prominent victims, Luc Montagnier, co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, recently demonstrated that he's still suffering from Nobel disease when he laid down a barrage of antivaccine pseudoscience in Paris earlier this month. The post The Nobel Disease strikes again: Luc Montagnier goes full antivax, with a little help from Henri Joyeux appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Move over, Christopher Shaw, there's a new antivaccine scientist dedicated to demonizing aluminum adjuvants in town. His name is Christopher Exley. He's got a fluorescence microscope, and he's not afraid to use it to #demonize aluminum. The post Christopher Exley: Using bad science to demonize aluminum adjuvants in vaccines appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Levi Quackenboss is one of the more oblivious and obtuse antivaxers out there. She demonstrates this again with a clumsy #post comparing vaccination to religion. The post Quoth the antivaxer: “Vaccination is a religion.” Quoth Orac: “Nice #projection, there.” appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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Last week, I commented on the inability of the Society for Integrative Oncology to define what #integrative #oncology actually is. This week, I note the proliferation of the quackery of integrative oncology in places that should be rigorously science-based, namely NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers. The post Integrating pseudoscience and mysticism into oncology in bastions of evidence-based medicine appeared first on RESPECTFUL read more...

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