Month: December 2023

Skeptics in the Pub. Cholera Chapter 6b

There were at least a dozen tents devoted to the Cholera. There was a small tent occupied by a single woman who sat at a desk with several piles of brochures. Looking closely, I could see the brochures were advertising for the Medical Societies, one stack for each of the five Societies. “Hello,” said the woman at the table. “How are you...

/ December 30, 2023

Doctors Shouldn’t Legitimize Pro-Tobacco, Child-Labor Advocates

As the adage says: "A man is judged by the company he keeps."

/ December 29, 2023

Skeptics in the Pub. Cholera. Chapter 6a

More of the same, only better.

/ December 23, 2023

From the Vault: Infant Teething Myths and Misconceptions

Enjoy this classic post from the vault as we close out 2023. A few myths and misconceptions about infant teething.

/ December 22, 2023

FDA: Don’t use homeopathic eye drops

There are no homeopathic eye drops approved by the FDA.

/ December 21, 2023

SBM in 2023

Some thoughts as we complete our 15th year of science-based medicine.

/ December 20, 2023

Make Acupuncture Great Again

Calling a losing study a win. Making acupuncture great again.

/ December 19, 2023
RFK Jr. on CNN

RFK Jr. and his “I’m not anti-vaccine” rejoinder to being confronted with his past antivax statements: A primer

On Friday, CNN host Kasie Hunt interviewed antivax presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Although she did better than most journalists confronting him for his past antivax statements in that she played a clip of one of his antivax statements, she clearly hadn't anticipated his response, which should have been very predictable given that he's been using it for at least 15...

/ December 18, 2023
John Maddox Prize

When a “gender critical” is a runner-up for the Maddox Prize for standing up for science…

Helen Joyce, a virulently anti-trans "gender critical" campaigner, was recently shortlisted for the Maddox Prize, which purports to recognize people who "who stand up for science and evidence, advancing public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility," even though she promotes an agenda that denies science and demonizes trans people. How could this have happened?

/ December 17, 2023

Skeptics in the Pub. Cholera. Chapter 5b

The serialization goes on.

/ December 16, 2023