Category: Science and Medicine

Central Dogma of Molecular Biology

No, the Moderna and Pfizer RNA vaccines against COVID-19 will not “permanently alter your DNA”

With the new mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna likely to be starting to become available soon, antivaxxers have been ramping up the fear mongering. Their latest claim is that mRNA vaccines will "permanently alter your DNA" or even "make you transhuman". Such claims rest on an utter ignorance of the totality of what we know about the biology of DNA,...

/ November 30, 2020
COVID-19 vs. FDA and CDC

Zinc and COVID

Should you take a zinc supplement to prevent a COVID-19 infection?

/ November 26, 2020

Chiropractic Management of a Newborn with Abnormal Oxygen Levels

A recently published case report documents chiropractic management of a newborn with low oxygen levels and yes, it's as terrible as you imagine.

/ November 13, 2020

Jumping the Gun: Antibody Drugs for Covid-19

Why did the US government promise to buy a product that had failed testing?

/ November 10, 2020

Chiropractic, Chiropractic for Kids, and a Few of My Greatest Hits

A few thoughts on chiropractic and the evolution of my feelings on the subject. Also, a bit of a walk down memory lane with highlights of my most memorable posts on pediatric chiropractic quackery.

/ October 30, 2020

“Masks make you sicker”: The COVID-19 myth that just won’t die.

Masks work to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the "masks make you sicker" narrative, like antivax nonsense, has proven to be unkillable and to be a killer.

/ October 19, 2020

The Mask Ask: Understanding and Addressing Mask Resistance

The wearing of masks has become contentious on scientific and ideological grounds. Why is that, and how can we communicate with people who don't follow the scientific guidelines?

/ October 16, 2020

Science-Based Satire: More Parents Relying on Fetal Body Language Analysis

Are worried parents-to-be seeking out the services of fetal body language analysis experts? Is body language a scientifically proven window into our secret thoughts and desires? Is this just satire? Obviously it is, because I've got a closed-lip grin on my face and I haven't blinked this entire time.

/ October 2, 2020

ZShield: Unproven Protection from SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Especially for Kids

If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. And ZShield face shields being marketed to the general public certainly fits that description, especially when it comes to their use by children.

/ September 18, 2020