Balm of  Gilead

Balm of Gilead was mentioned in the Bible, but we don't know what was in it. It is supposed to relieve pain, but we don't know if it is effective; there are no controlled studies.

/ December 6, 2022
Clots

A clot too far: An embalmer dissects antivax misinformation about blood clots in Died Suddenly

Two weeks ago, COVID-19 conspiracy theorist Stew Peters released an antivax pseudodocumentary, Died Suddenly, whose main claim is that COVID-19 vaccines cause clots that have caused a massive wave of people to "die suddenly". Key to its narrative are embalmers claiming that they are seeing more clots in the bodies they are embalming than ever before. SBM has recruited Benjamin Schmidt, an...

/ December 5, 2022
Clots

Died Suddenly: A tsunami of antivax misinformation and conspiracy theories

Everything old is new again when it comes to antivax tropes. Stew Peters' antivax pseudodocumentary Died Suddenly resurrects the old antivax conspiracy that vaccines kill, the plan being to cause “depopulation” that will allow “global elites” to control the world. Dr. Gorski watched the whole movie so that you don't have to.

/ December 5, 2022
NY puberty blocker article

What the New York Times gets wrong about puberty blockers for transgender youth

The New York Times recently published an article expressing grave concern about the use of puberty blockers to treat gender dysphoria in transgender adolescents. Unfortunately, the reporting ignored evidence and important context to weave a narrative portraying puberty blockers as far more risky than they actually are.

, / December 4, 2022

The Aseem Malhotra lecture isn’t what you think it is

In November 2022, Dr. Aseem Malhotra gave a lecture that was more about advancing a narrative than explaining the science.

/ December 3, 2022

Did Lockdowns Cause Cancer?

Attempts to rewrite pandemic history must be resisted.

/ December 2, 2022

Brownstone uses flawed data analysis to minimize COVID in NYC; An NYC hospitalist’s perspective

Guest posters Drs. Eric Burnett and Jonathan Laxton provide a lengthy rebuttal to Dr. Jessica Hockett's claims that NYC did not suffer a deadly, almost overwhelming wave of COVID-19 in 2020.

, / December 1, 2022

Another Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug

A new treatment for Alzheimer's Disease is promising, but we're not there yet.

/ November 30, 2022

GOLO for Weight Loss

There are lots of testimonials from people who say they lost weight with GOLO, but its effectiveness is not supported by any scientific evidence.

/ November 29, 2022
The Cow-Pock

What does “antivaccine” really mean since the pandemic hit?

We frequently use terms like “antivaccine,” “antivax,” and “antivaxxers.” Critics think it’s a “gotcha” to ask how we define “antivax” or to accuse us of reflexively label "questioning" of vaccines as "antivax." It's not. There are gray areas, but not so gray that the word is never appropriate. Has anything changed since I first tried to define "antivaccine" in 2010? The answer:...

/ November 28, 2022