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Skepchick Quickies 5.22

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. My boss just walked in and asked me why I was crying. I was gasping for breath from laughing so hard, so I couldn’t explain. All I could do was show him the Whack-a-Kitty video.

  2. This is totally unrelated to the content of the Skepchick Quickies – but there have been some awesome articles about the Geier’s (people at the head of the mercury-autism link) and their Lupron therapy for autism. Plus there are some other related articles, one of which is about the main doctor in Chicago (Dr. Eisenstein) who provides the Lupron therapy – and is also rabidly anti-vaccine. All in all, some excellent journalism.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/chi-autism-lupron-may21,0,242705.story

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/chi-autism-lupron-geiers-may21,0,983359.story

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-autism-doctor-eisenstein-may22,0,3826791.story

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-autism-doctor-rosimay22,0,5086891.story

  3. @sowellfan:
    Thanks! With all the poorly written, poorly researched articles out there, it is easy to overlook the reporters and papers who are getting it right!

    I especially loved this statement:
    Judges who have heard Mark Geier testify about vaccines’ harmful effects have repeatedly called him unqualified, with one describing his statements as “intellectually dishonest.”

  4. Re: Eisenstein: Yes, it looks like he’s dropping Lupron, but he’s still an anti-vaccine quack. I wonder if he was worried that being exposed on the Lupron thing could finally be something that could get him prosecuted by Illinois’ authority that governs doctors (Medical board?? — not sure of name).

  5. I wasn’t previously aware of the need for tampon storage, so I assumed that the link ‘Ray Comfort Tampon Case’ was about the case of Ray Comfort’s missing tampon.

    Alas my hopes were dashed upon clicking the link..

  6. Total brain melt over the cat yodel video. That was too cute!!

    @sowellfan:
    If only other alt medicine groups had worries of lack of funding, results, and fear of prosecution. Thinking specifically of accupuncture, they have plenty of funding, mixed results (but that don’t stop them at all), and patients or others rarely prosecute over bad or (the usual) no results.

  7. @FuzzyKitty

    There’s a theory floating around that woo is subject to a form of natural selection and that the tendency is for any particular woo to evolve into a form such that it does produce no results.

  8. Lots of ducks nest on buildings, and many species nest in trees. Ducklings are actually quite bouncy, and are rarely injured by the fall.

    Outsider, is that avatar … Jesus on a T-Rex? I suddenly see creationist propaganda as full of a whole lot more awesome!

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