Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

Is the earth still circling the sun?

I ask this question because I have seen something I have never seen before, something so earth-shattering that I wonder if the very axis of the earth has shifted, something so incredible that I have to pinch myself to make sure that I’m not living some unbelievably bizarre dream. I half expect the heavens to open and reveal the Second Coming. What could provoke such incredulity in me?

WorldNetDaily has published an article that is science-based and makes sense. A sample:

Much more disturbingly, McCarthy attacked Peet for daring to disagree with her. “She has a lot of [nerve] to come forward and be on that side,” Fox quoted [Jenny] McCarthy as saying, “because there is an angry mob on my side, and I like the fact that I can say she’s completely wrong.”

McCarthy delights in the fact that the force of her opinion comes, not from copious amounts of research, not from firm and reproducible medical and technological evidence, and not even from reasonable and logical speculation, but from legions of irrational and rabidly superstitious parents who simply know that they’re right, regardless of what may be true. Question them, and they will shout you down, insult you and condemn you … all because you dared to oppose their ridiculous and dangerous campaign on the grounds that medical science proves exactly the opposite of what they claim.

See what I mean? This is even more startling a development than if Sarah Palin suddenly had a moment of revelation and realized that she’s utterly unqualified to be President or Vice President. Or maybe Mike Adams of suddenly realizing that he’s been supporting quackery all these years and suddenly endorsing Science-Based Medicine.

Man, when WorldNetDaily starts making far more sense than you do, you’ve got a problem. Too bad J. B. Handley, Jenny McCarthy, and their merry band of antivaccinationists are too dense ever to realize that.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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