Amazing new miracle cure: raw communication!!

Forget organic vegetables. Forget raw milk. Scientists have made a revolutionary new discovery of an amazing miracle cure: raw communication! That’s right, folks, raw communication reduces death rates from cancer, ...

Evil humours have returned … as “toxins”

They say that everything old is new again and that is certainly true in the world of alternative health. One of the axiomatic premises of contemporary alternative health puts its ...

Avoiding disease, disability and death is hard; beware those who pretend it is easy

What if I told you that if an individual fish hatching from one of a billion eggs in the ocean simply ate right, exercised and practiced situational awareness, he or ...

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Wife bonuses: real or a clever publicity hoax?

Wife bonuses? Really? That was my thought after reading Wednesday Martin’s brilliant ...

The Anti-Vax Enemies List and the importance of being echoed

I wrote yesterday that I am thrilled to be on the Anti-Vax ...

Congratulate me; I’m on the Anti-Vax Enemies List!!

You hate me! You really hate me! I stand before you honored ...

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Amazing new miracle cure: raw communication!!

Forget organic vegetables. Forget raw milk. Scientists have made a revolutionary new discovery of an amazing miracle cure: raw communication! That’s right, folks, raw communication reduces death rates from cancer, heart disease, immune disorders and pregnancy! But wait, there’s more! Raw communication prevents pertussis, measles and a host of other diseases! And — this is […]

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Evil humours have returned … as “toxins”

They say that everything old is new again and that is certainly true in the world of alternative health. One of the axiomatic premises of contemporary alternative health puts its believers behind the times … by approximately 500 years. A fundamental premise held by believers in alternative health is that we are swimming in a […]

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Avoiding disease, disability and death is hard; beware those who pretend it is easy

What if I told you that if an individual fish hatching from one of a billion eggs in the ocean simply ate right, exercised and practiced situational awareness, he or she could reliably live out a full natural lifespan. You’d laugh, right? You’d laugh because fish, like every living thing — animal, plant or protist […]

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Wife bonuses: real or a clever publicity hoax?

Wife bonuses? Really? That was my thought after reading Wednesday Martin’s brilliant New York Times plug, Poor Little Rich Women, for her forthcoming book, Primates of Park Avenue. And then there were the wife bonuses. I was thunderstruck when I heard mention of a “bonus” over coffee. Later I overheard someone who didn’t work say […]

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The Anti-Vax Enemies List and the importance of being echoed

I wrote yesterday that I am thrilled to be on the Anti-Vax Enemies List, but proud as I am, the truth is that I am far more thrilled that the list exists in the first place. We can learn so much from it! The most important thing about the list is not the identities of […]

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Congratulate me; I’m on the Anti-Vax Enemies List!!

You hate me! You really hate me! I stand before you honored and deeply humbled that you have chosen to recognize my contributions to the world of science advocacy. It’s difficult to imagine a more meaningful affirmation of my body of writing than to find myself named to the Anti-Vax Enemies List. It is such […]

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More comedy gold from Sarah Pope, The Healthy Home Economist

I admit I was wrong. I thought Sarah Pope, whose nom de quack is The Healthy Home Economist, had reached the apogee of idiocy with her advice to lie to your child’s pediatrician about raw milk. But Pope has now outdone her previous efforts in her new piece Toxic Effects of Water Birth on Mom […]

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Guest post: When breast isn’t best

Freda McFadden is the co-author of Baby City, a book detailing the life of a resident working on Labor and Delivery in a busy hospital. Dr. Amy provided her advice on a difficult homebirth scene in this novel, and in her honor, 25% of profits will go to the Fistula Foundation. That’s right, I said […]

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Why Modern Alternative Mama Katie Tietje is dangerous

Katie Tietje, Modern Alternative Mama, is whining again in a post entitled Why The “Science” Critics are Dangerous. You might be confused into thinking that Tietje is lamenting critics of science, but her helpful use of scare quotes around “Science” signals that she is whining about people who use science to criticize her. She places […]

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Our unwitting surrender to sexism enshrined in a single word: Mama

More than two decades ago, when my children were small and I was a working mother, I read an article on how would we know that true gender equality had arrived. You would know when you received a call at your workplace from your husband who said this: “Honey, I just wanted to let you […]

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