Category Archives: medicine and health

A successful face transplant

Note: This guy’s face before surgery may freak some people out, so be aware before you watch this. I’m posting it because it’s amazing what medical science can do (the surgery lasted 25 hours!). I’ve put the full before and after pictures below the fold. The face transplant, which of course had a donor, was […]

Judge drops charges against Detroit doctor for practicing female genital mutilation, rules federal anti-FGM law unconstitutional

This new ruling by a Michigan judge is appalling, though it may hearten some Muslims, even in Western countries, who approve of and even practice female genital mutilation (FGM). As Heather Hastie has written, FGM is practiced widely by Muslims, and has been approved by several sects of Islam. It’s even practiced in the U.K. […]

Nature Scientific Reports publishes peer-reviewed paper showing efficacy of homeopathy

Reader Ryan (aka “vampyricon”) recently called my attention to this paper in Nature’s Scientific Reports (reference at bottom, click on screenshot below to read it online, and get pdf here). It’s important because it claims to demonstrate that homeopathy works. In this case, a homeopathic dilution of up to 10-30 of a solution of poison oak (Toxicodendron […]

A “walk of respect” for an organ donor

This will buttress your faith in humanity in these dire times. It’s a sad video but also an uplifting one. What you see here took place in Meridian, Idaho about ten days ago, when a 53-year-old man was moved from the intensive care unit to the operating theater, where he was taken off life support […]

NYT op-ed endorses amulets and other woo for disease

As part of the continuing decline of the New York Times, we have this new op-ed by Steve Petrow, a writer from North Carolina who, the paper says, “is a regular contributor to Well” (the paper’s health column). But this is more about woo than about health. Click the link below to read the piece. Petrow’s point […]

New York Times pushes pseudoscience: detoxing!

Most of you probably know that the concept of “detoxing”—taking various nostrums to purge your body of supposedly retained “toxins”—is a scam. Our body doesn’t retain toxins (except for things like ingested polonium fed you by Russian operatives); and the “purges,” ranging from drinking lemon juice to taking coffee enemas—do nothing. (Thanks, Gwyneth!) Despite that, […]

Kristel Clayville, who refuses to donate her organs out of Social Justice, responds to criticism

Kristel Clayville is a visiting assistant professor of religion at Eureka College, a fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, as well as as an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ branch of the Christian Church.  Yet with all of those credentials (most especially her status as […]

A believer comments: God doesn’t want organ donation

Here’s a comment I got on my post “Social Justice Warrior would rather let someone die than donate her organs, because they might go to rich or “overeducated” people“. That post, which was one of the most ridiculous manifestations of Authoritarian Leftism I’ve ever seen, recounted the views of one Kristel Clayville, a visiting assistant […]

Firearm injuries go down during NRA conventions

On March 1 this letter to the editor by Anupam Jena and Andrew R. Olenski, with data, appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine (click on screenshot to go to the letter): The reference is at the bottom of this page, and the 19-page supplementary appendix (to a two-page letter!) is here. The authors […]

Sell your poop for $40 a shot and save lives!

You can change “shot” to another word in the title, but this is a family friendly website. On the subway to Cambridge yesterday, I saw this ad inside the car: Now what do you suppose this is all about? Although it’s properly multicultural, how could you earn money to donate your stool, and save lives […]