Cancer Medicine Quackery Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Making it up as you go along: So-called “functional medicine” is pure quackery

I often describe “integrative medicine” as integrating quackery with medicine because that’s what this inadvertently appropriately named branch of medicine in essence does. The reason, as I’ve described time and time again, is to put that quackery on equal footing (or at least apparently equal footing) with science- and evidence-based medicine, a goal that is […]

Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Medicine Naturopathy Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

Quackademic medicine: “Wildly successful” at the Cleveland Clinic?

It’s no secret that my odds of ever landing a job at the Cleveland Clinic are probably slim and none, at least if anyone there ever Googles my name, particularly if they Google it with the words “Cleveland Clinic” added. The reason, of course, is that I’ve been very critical of the Cleveland Clinic’s wholesale […]

Complementary and alternative medicine Homeopathy Medicine Naturopathy Popular culture Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

Alternative medicine practitioners lionized in Cleveland

I’ve spent a lot of time in Cleveland. Indeed, I lived there for eight years in the late 1980s and early 1990s, during which time I completed my surgery residency training, completed my PhD, and, even more importantly, met and married my wife. Even though I haven’t lived there for nearly 20 years—I can’t believe […]

Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Naturopathy Quackery Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Quackademic medicine now reigns supreme at the Cleveland Clinic

Quackery has been steadily infiltrating academic medicine for at least two decades now in the form of what was once called “complementary and alternative medicine” but is now more commonly referred to as “integrative medicine.” Of course, as I’ve written many times before, what “integrative medicine” really means is the “integration” of quackery with science- […]

Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Politics Popular culture Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking

Bill and Hillary Clinton embrace the quackery that is functional medicine

This might look somewhat familiar to people, but I have a good excuse. Yesterday was Easter, and, although by no stretch of the imagination can I be accused of being particularly religious, we still did have family to visit. Add to that the fact that I have a two talks to give today that as […]