Tag Archives: bad science

Motherhood has been placed on a pedestal

It’s disturbing to many people to read research showing that mothers tend to be unhappier than non-mothers. Why? Because we’ve put the concept of being a mother up on a pedestal as a shining example of humanity. Not the mothers … Continue reading

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Technobabble belongs on Star Trek, not in advertising

I’ve long had a massive dislike for the use of scientific and pseudoscientific terminology in advertising. It seems like 95% of the time either words are misused or they’re made up, like when Star Trek characters argue about linear neutrino … Continue reading

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Help! The anti-vaxxers have broken into the Strategic National Stupid Reserve!

Lest you think my title is overwrought, I present exhibit A: Post-Gardasil Syndrome: The new name for the spectrum of of side effects following HPV vaccination. There is so much bad logic and misinformation in this article that I’m afraid … Continue reading

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Burzynski Clinic…meet the Streisand Effect

Today I’d like to introduce you to a quack, a charlatan, and an all-around no goodnik taking immense quantities of money from desperate families: Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. This guy lures people with devastating cancer diagnoses to his Texas clinic, gives … Continue reading

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Not just pox parties, but pox through the post

Just when I think the anti-vaccine crowd has plumbed the depths of idiocy, I learn about something that’s so awful that I can only boggle at their abilities. We’re all familiar, I’m sure, with the idea of “pox parties”, where … Continue reading

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