Saturday, January 29, 2011

Some Weekend Humor

I came across this parody of Lady Gaga from the Zheng Lab via a friend. Thought some of my readers might enjoy it:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Thoughts on Homeopathy at Non-Homeopathic Volumes

The other day over at Respectful Insolence, a comment from someone by the name of Tim caught my eye. He posted a rather long list of questions regarding homeopathy and opposition to it. Some of the questions seemed clearly meant to provoke (e.g., "Would you consider yourself a member of the church of modern medicine?"), but there were others that really warranted a more serious response.

After the break, I'll post a handful of the questions that I felt were actually not bad questions to ask, the answers to which may help people think a little bit before deciding whether or not to use a homeopathic treatment.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Harsh Reality: Wakefield and Medical/Scientific Fraud

If you are a regular reader of this somewhat irregularly updated blog, you probably have already heard the news. Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 Lancet paper was fully retracted, has now been accused of fraud. Investigative journalist, Brian Deer, wrote a rather lengthy piece for the British Medical Journal detailing the evidence of fraud committed by Wakefield. I won't go into a detailed analysis here, since it has already been covered at Respectful Insolence, Bad Astronomy, Left Brain/Right Brain, Just the Vax and elsewhere. The story has been broadcast on local news stations, as well as on CNN and Fox News. There is plenty of reading out there for those who are interested.

Instead, I'm going to take a somewhat different approach. I'm interested in what Wakefield's supporters will do now.