Month: February 2023

Andrew Wakefield.

Andrew Wakefield after 25 years: Paving the way for COVID-19 quacks and antivaxxers

It was 25 years ago yesterday that Andrew Wakefield launched the modern iteration of the antivaccine movement.In doing so, he laid down a template that antivax quacks today still follow.

/ February 27, 2023

Do You Have Coronaphobiaphobia? Ask Your Doctor if Notmybizumab is Right for You.

Are you a doctor who has written multiple articles saying “now is the time to stop living in fear?” Did you say cautious people were not “truly not actually living right now“, months before anyone had been vaccinated? Are you engulfed with white hot rage by the handful of people who still wear masks in crowds? Have you relentlessly mocked them on...

/ February 24, 2023

Bovine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Repurposed drugs that have multiple mechanisms of action in treating infections usually end up doing nothing. For example, fluvoxamine and COVID 45.

/ February 23, 2023

The 4-Day Work Week and Health

There may be a strong public health argument to make for the 4-day work week.

/ February 22, 2023

Spinal Manipulation, Chiropractic, and Subluxation Theory

While generic spinal manipulation can be helpful in treating mechanical-type back pain, there are good reasons to be skeptical about chiropractic manipulation based on subluxation theory which dictates that health can be restored and maintained by adjusting vertebral subluxations. A grain of truth mixed with subluxation theory makes it difficult for many of us to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate use of...

/ February 21, 2023
The Great Barrington Trio

Brownstone Institute admits that the Great Barrington Declaration was wrong (without actually admitting it was wrong)

The Brownstone Institute's Gabrielle Bauer claims vindication for the Great Barrington Declaration, the October 2020 document that advocated a "natural herd immunity" pandemic strategy, with an ill-defined "focused protection" strategy to protect those most at risk of death. In the fine print, however, Bauer tacitly admits that its core assumption was badly mistaken, minimizing it as not getting all the "details" right.

/ February 20, 2023

Vibrating Pills for Constipation: Safe and Effective or Bowel-Shaking Earthquakes of Doubt and Remorse*

A vibrating pill designed to treat chronic constipation is now available by prescription. It will likely help some people, and it's safe, but it isn't a game changer.

/ February 17, 2023
Alzheimer's Disease

Congress criticizes the FDA and the Aduhelm approval

A Congressional report on the approval of the Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm identified serious concerns about the FDA's processes

/ February 16, 2023

Masks Revisited

A recent Cochrane review, limited in scope and problematic in methodology, does not show that masks do not work, despite common misreporting.

/ February 15, 2023

Are Vaccine-Advocates “Idiots”, Indifferent to the Death of a Mentally Ill Woman and Her Family?

Rather than face the real-world consequences of their anti-vaccine advocacy, it's easier for contrarian doctors to fantasize that COVID's youngest victims were mere figments of our imagination.

/ February 14, 2023