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The Homeopathic A & E

I love Mitchell and Webb, and this is just one reason why. They totally get homeopathy, as this video e-mailed to me by a reader demonstrates:

Pay close attention to the signs in the A & E. Too bad this is too late for Homeopathy Awareness Week.

And they’re funny, to boot. While I’m on the subject of homeopathy, I know I’ve posted it before, but it’s never wrong to repost an oldie but goody, the classic Homeopathic E.R.:

Here in the States, it’s one of those rare long holiday weekends spanning Friday through Sunday instead of the usual Saturday through Monday. Because I’m working on a couple of papers and a grant, as well as polishing up a talk I have to give next week, posting will probably be light. I will, however, have to find time to torture one of the quack cancer cure websites that have been popping up in ScienceBlogs’ ads. In fact, I think I’ll just keep doing that until the ads are gone.

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.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

11 replies on “The Homeopathic A & E”

I saw this and thought “Orac would like this” as i was watching it last night laughing my arse off… I see someone beat me to it sending you a link to it.

In the same episode there was a genius sketch about paredolia when an atheist finds “there is not god” written in seeds inside a watermelon… (I thought more of PZ for that one tho)

Just after reading some very flimsy article in the NY Times about “natural” treatments for menopause featuring a host of woo with absolutely no medical rebuttal, followed by a ton of comments best described as ignorant, I found these videos saved my rapidly ebbing sanity. Thanks!

I will, however, have to find time to torture one of the quack cancer cure websites that have been popping up in ScienceBlogs’ ads. In fact, I think I’ll just keep doing that until the ads are gone.

I fear that this is a case of “there is no such thing as bad publicity” in the “”I don’t care what you write about me as long as you spell my name right” sense.

The most effective way to combat the ridiculous does appear to be ridicule. Excellent stuff.

“Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act on them” — Thomas Jefferson

I got a warning that your site linked to a site that contained malware, but I was too stupid to get a screen shot and since I clicked to visit here anyway, I’m not getting the warning again. “cdn” was somewhere in the URL that is unhealthy.

Let me know if I can be of less help sometime.

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