Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo in medicine.
Dr. Oz revisited (David Gorski) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/dr-oz-revisited/Dr. Oz has “crossed the Woobicon” into blatant support of nonsense. In a recent show featuring the infamous Dr. Mercola, he promoted this trifecta: an eggplant cure for cancer, algae to counteract the poisoning from amalgam fillings, and “earthing” to improve health by contact with the Earth’s “negatively charged antioxidant electrons.” Oz is “America’s Doctor” of Quackery.
Pyroluria and Orthomolecular Psychiatry (Steven Novella) http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/pyroluria-and-orthomolecular-psychiatry/Pyroluriais a failed hypothesis aboutan elusive substance allegedly found in the urine in certain psychiatric illnesses and after the ingestion of LSD. When research demolished their claims, proponents followed an all too common pattern: they denigrated science, fell back on anecdotal reports, and continued making the claims.
The Marino Center for Integrative Health: Hooey Galore (David Gorski)http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/the-marino-center-for-integrative-health/ This institution, featured in the recent Bravewell report, is a wellspring of examples of how “integrative” practitioners provide false information about the methods they endorse. Their disregard for the truth is demonstrated by their statements about homeopathy, acupuncture, dietary cleansing, chelation, and other offerings.