Points of Interest: 1/20/2014

  • When the facts do not support you, go for misogyny: Life as a Female Journalist: Hot or Not? "J. B. Handley, a critic of childhood vaccination and the founder of the autism group Generation Rescue, affiliated with the actress Jenny McCarthy, sent me an essay titled, “Paul Offit Rapes (intellectually) Amy Wallace and Wired Magazine.” In it, he implied that my subject had slipped me a date-rape drug. Later, an anti-vaccine website Photoshopped my head onto the body of a woman in a strapless dress who sat next to Dr. Offit at a festive dinner table. The main course? A human baby...This kind of vitriol is not designed to hold reporters accountable for the fairness and accuracy of their work. Instead, it seeks to intimidate and, ultimately, to silence female journalists who write about controversial topics. "
  • I though Oregon had issues. One in three acupuncturists live in California.  "In California, the primary focus of an acupuncturist’s practice is about 20% pain management, 45% general practice, 1% orthopedic/neurology, 3% women’s health and 31% accounted for missing data.
  • A interesting  historical overview: The battle for medicine’s soul: A century of alternative remedies.
  • Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine and Teaching Alternative Medicine: What Future are we Preparing Veterinary Students to Create?
  • Shape Water adds flavor and a concentrated punch of nutrients (whether you need them or not, and you almost certainly do not) to regular old water.  The product was featured in a ìnewsî article in Shape magazine which actually turned out to be an advertisement.  This got the Federal Trade Commission bent out of shape because ads which look like real news must be clearly marked and this one was not.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest was none too pleased either. It disputed claims of the products efficacy, saying Shape had joined thousands of other companies to sell snake oil. New York Times, January 17, 2014. 


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