Month: December 2022
I Didn’t Encourage the Spread of COVID. Was I Unethical?
No. I was not unethical.
“You keep using those words: positive serology. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews of Acupuncture
No surprise - there is precious little evidence that acupuncture does anything.
Is Meat Poison? Is Fat the Antidote?
Is a diet comprised solely of meat good for you? I think you know the answer.
Improving how the NIH decides which grants to fund: Reality vs. conspiracy
Last week, the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a plan to decrease the problem of reputational bias in grant funding. I couldn't help but contrast how hard the NIH tries to use the most rigorous scientific criteria to decide whose grants to fund with the conspiracy theory that Anthony Fauci personally doles out NIH dollars like a mob boss...
The Washington Post Takes on Baby Chiropractic
A recent Washington Post article takes on baby chiropractic and...it isn't terrible! In fact, I've seen many that are a lot worse. Still, sadly, there is an unfortunate and undeserved false balance that should have been cut from the first draft.
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.
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...
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.
The Effect and Future of Telehealth
The rapid adoption of telehealth caused by the pandemic has turned out to be a very positive thing.