Since today is a holiday, I decided to take a holiday from writing my usual posts and instead direct you to the video of a talk I gave in Australia last fall. I hope you will take the time to watch it (36 minutes).  My topic was “Fun with Alternative Medicine.” I describe the whole Vitamin O adventure that got me started writing about alternative medicine, and some of the funniest alternative claims I have ever encountered – many of them laugh-out-loud, rolling-on-the-floor hilarious. I talk about when it is appropriate to laugh, making sure to ridicule only ridiculous claims themselves  and not the individuals who believe the claims or those who make the claims (unless they are obvious con artists; then they’re fair game). My presentation got a lot of laughs, and I think you will enjoy it.

Happy Fourth of July to all!


Posted by Harriet Hall

Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She received her BA and MD from the University of Washington, did her internship in the Air Force (the second female ever to do so),  and was the first female graduate of the Air Force family practice residency at Eglin Air Force Base. During a long career as an Air Force physician, she held various positions from flight surgeon to DBMS (Director of Base Medical Services) and did everything from delivering babies to taking the controls of a B-52. She retired with the rank of Colonel.  In 2008 she published her memoirs, Women Aren't Supposed to Fly.