Category Archive: Medical Woo

Jul 22 2014

Chuck Norris: Anti-Vaxxer

Chuck Norris believes so many astonishingly stupid things that it certainly should come as no surprise that he’s apparently also an anti-vaxxer. In his latest Worldnetdaily column, he claims that vaccines are the cause of allergies and says some seriously dumb things along the way.

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Jul 18 2014

Belief in Medical Conspiracies is Very High

Think Progress reports that about half of all Americans believe in at least one of six major conspiracy theories involving medicine and health, from anti-vaccine myths to the idea that the cures for diseases are being hidden from us by the pharmaceutical industry.

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Jul 15 2014

Newsmax Pushes Health Quackery

A year or so ago, right-wing “news” site Newsmax emailed me with an exciting opportunity to put their RSS feed on my sidebar, offering to pay me for doing so. I published the email and mocked the hell out of the disingenuous marketing flunkie who sent it, claiming to be a huge fan of Freethought …

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Jun 30 2014

Dr. Oz Shouldn’t Use Twitter

In the wake of being firmly put in his place by Sen. Claire McCaskill during a Senate hearing, Dr. Oz apparently decided to ingratiate himself with his fans by asking what they were were eating that would be #OzApproved. It didn’t go well for him.

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Jun 27 2014

How Does Dr. Oz Keep His License?

It’s documented to the point of undeniability that Dr. Oz promotes crank science and all manner of medical scams and frauds on his popular TV show. So how can he do that and still keep his medical license? Julia Belluz explains why. Hint: Because none of the groups that could do anything about it want …

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Jun 25 2014

The Power of Advertising

Lynn Stuart Parramore has an article at Reuters about a whole bunch of medical scams that are sold as miracle health products without a shred of evidence to back them up. And I think she’s absolutely right to point out that it is dishonest marketing that makes them so popular:

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Jun 20 2014

In England as It Is in America

I’ve noted before that the House Science Committee is run by a bunch of Republicans who are indisputably anti-science. It turns out that England has the same problem. A member of parliament running to be the chair of the Health Select Committee, David Tredinnick, has all sorts of bizarre and anti-science beliefs.

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Jun 19 2014

McCaskill Goes After Dr. Oz at Hearing

A few days ago I lamented the fact that Dr. Oz was being called to testify in front of a Senate hearing about diet scams. I thought he was going to be allowed to make a star turn, but Sen. Claire McCaskill went after him pretty hard for being a huge part of the problem.

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Jun 15 2014

Medical Fraud at the Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic is widely regarded as one of the best hospitals in the world, but like many hospitals these days it is more than happy to push fraudulent “medicine” for fun and profit on its more ignorant and credulous patients. It has started a Center for Integrative Medicine that pushes all sorts of quackery …

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Jun 15 2014

Dr. Oz to Testify on Diet Scams

Orac reports that he has lost yet another irony meter because Dr. Oz, probably the foremost purveyor of fraudulent diet scams in the country and maybe the world, is going to testify in front of a Senate committee as an expert in diet scams. I wish I were making this up, but here’s part of …

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Jun 09 2014

Gonna Have to Buy Some VacciShield

The homeopaths know they have a captivated audience in the vaccination deniers, so what’s an entrepreneurial con artist to do? Invent a naturopathic “remedy” that will reverse the (imagined) negative effects of vaccinations. And then market with a bunch of vague bullshit.

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Jun 06 2014

CFI Launches ‘Keep Health Care Safe and Secular’ Campaign

The Center for Inquiry has a new campaign called Keep Health Care Safe and Secular that will combat a wide range of anti-scientific influences in medicine, from anti-vaccination lies to homeopathy to faith-based denial of treatment. Here’s how they describe the effort:

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Apr 15 2014

The Futility of (Some) Arguments

I regularly take part in Google Hangouts, usually late at night, with an assortment of people from all over the world. Atheists, Christians, deists (well, one deist), you name it. But this weekend I realized after spending two days arguing with the same person that there are some people you just shouldn’t bother debating on …

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Mar 27 2014

Homeopathy Maker Pulls Product for Containing Medicine

Okay, this story made me literally laugh out loud. Terra Medica, a company that makes homeopathic “remedies” (what they actually remedy is unclear), has recalled a bunch of its products because — gasp! — they might contain actual medicine. Clearly, that cannot be allowed.

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Jan 07 2014

Chuck Norris Pushes ‘Detox’ Scam

I’ve never quite understood why the Worldnetdaily thinks Chuck Norris some sort of expert on health medicine. I mean, I know he did a ridiculous infomercial for some piece of exercise equipment, but that hardly qualifies him for med school. And now he’s gone completely over to the side of medical woo, embracing the “detox” …

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