Alt Med / Quackery

The Dose Makes the Poison

The Dose Makes the Poison

Most of you reading this blog are probably against anti-science, anti-intellectual bullshit from the right wing/Republicans; they don’t) (generally) believe in evolution, or the big bang, or stem cell research. There is, however, a complementary strain of bullshit-enthusiasm coming from the left, and we need to be just as skeptical. From vaccine conspiracies to throat chakras causing thyroid... »

AI: The Harms of Natural Medicine

AI: The Harms of Natural Medicine

This holiday season, a 14-year-old cousin of mine had to have an emergency appendectomy and spent New Year’s eve hospitalized. She had the surgery on Dec. 29th, but she’d been showing symptoms (unbearable pain that refrained her from even walking and inability to keep anything in her stomach among them) since the 22nd. The reason it took her seven days of suffering from a ruptured appendix before ... »

That’s not what that means: Relative risk factors

That’s not what that means: Relative risk factors

I spend about 18-23 hours a day on facebook, correcting all of the wrong things my friends say.  It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Yesterday, I noticed this show up in my feed: The accompanying text read:  One can of diet soda each day can increase Leukemia risk in men and women by 42%, increase multiple myeloma risk in men by 102%, and increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lym... »

Queer Health: The Anti-Vaccination Movement

Queer Health: The Anti-Vaccination Movement

Around March of last year I was having some neck and back pain. I sat at work whining and complaining, as I’m wont to do, until my girlfriend suggested seeing an upper cervical chiropractor that she and her family had been seeing for a few years.  I took her recommendation seriously as she claimed that chiropractic cured her of chronic ear infections that had plagued her since childhood, and I’ve ... »

QUICKIES 05/28/2012

QUICKIES 05/28/2012

Stop what you’re doing and watch Anderson Cooper interview a faithful sheep, Stacy Pritchard, from Charles Worley’s church. Worley is the reverend caught on tape last week proposing that all us queers be rounded up and put behind a 150 mile-long electrified fence. A poll from the Washington Post has found that people of color are more likely than white people to say they support gay ma... »