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 Blogs. Articles like this are the reason I wanted that site nowhere near this network:
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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 like reiki, which it defines as:
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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 the press release from Sen. Claire McCaskill:
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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 a subject, or any subject.
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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” fraud and the single worst anti-science crank in that entire field.
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