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Surgeon/scientist promoting science in medicine and exposing quackery. Editor of Science-Based Medicine. My opinions do NOT represent those of my employers.
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Feb 9 4 tweets 2 min read
As always, with #COVID19 minimizers/deniers/antivaxxers, it's "civility for thee, but not for me." When called on it, predictably, they always retreat to, "It was tongue-in-cheek," a version of "I was only joking."🙄 I wonder if she'd mind if I started referring to her as part of "Team COVID." After all, it's just "tongue-in-cheek."😉
Feb 7 10 tweets 5 min read
What if...and hear me out on this...

Vaccine mandates had *already* been politicized by the right BEFORE the pandemic, and that politicization has only been super turbocharged since #COVID19. It's not as though I wasn't writing about this five years ago and earlier... 1/ For example, from 2017... 2/respectfulinsolence.com/2017/02/22/in-…
Jan 26 4 tweets 3 min read
So I was thinking. Anyone want to start a betting pool to predict the next time @RobertKennedyJr compares vaccines (or #COVID19 public health measures) to the #Holocaust? There should also be some sort of bonus if the winner predicts an incident where @RobertKennedyJr is forced to issue another insincere apology after an uproar over his bogus #Holocaust analogy.
Jan 26 4 tweets 2 min read
Mr. Chu is doing *more* than just *sounding* like an antivaxxer here. He’s parroting a common antivax trope, the Nirvana fallacy, which involves conflating imperfection with uselessness. #CovidVaccine decreases, but does not eliminate, transmission. 1/ Antivaxxers have been doing this for decades about, for example, the flu vaccine and pertussis vaccine. Just because a vaccine isn’t 100% effective in preventing transmission does NOT make it useless, but that’s the dishonest argument antivaxxers make. 2/
Jan 11 12 tweets 5 min read
If you want to know the damage that a Nobel laureate who's gone full quack can do, look no further than this @WSJ op-ed by Luc Montagnier and and Jed Rubenfeld trotting out this nonsense about mandates. 1/ One wonders if @WSJopinion knew when it accepted this op-ed that Luc Montagnier is a thoroughly disgraced quack now. He'd gone full antivax, for instance, years before the pandemic. 2/ respectfulinsolence.com/2017/11/28/the…
Jan 10 6 tweets 3 min read
I wonder if @brownstoneinst is aware that this article is parroting a longstanding antivaccine talking point going back to even earlier than the two decades since I've been writing about antivaxxers? 1/ Absent the reference to #COVID19 and #CovidVaccine, this article by Jared McBrady could be mistaken for any number of articles about the "horror" of vaccine mandates published on antivax blogs circa 2005. 2/
Jan 9 10 tweets 3 min read
Man, @ReelzChannel #Autopsy is one of the cheesiest conspiracy series I've ever seen. I watched the one about #DavidBowie yesterday, and the grasping for "other causes" besides cancer contributing to Bowie's death reached truly ridiculous proportions. 1/ So was the part in #Autopsy speculating that Bowie had somehow "controlled" the time of his death so that Blackstar could be released before his death. 2/
Dec 12, 2021 11 tweets 6 min read
Lindsay quotes the dishonest antivaxxer @RobertKennedyJr, who lies and misrepresents what @peterhotez actually said. He said nothing about "snuffing out" antivaxxers (they are *not* "vaccine skeptics") nor did he say anything about making criticism of Anthony Fauci a felony. 1/ Contrary to what the clueless @ConceptualJames claims by citing the utterly dishonest antivaxxer@RobertKennedyJr, what @PeterHotez was referring to was not criticism of Fauci, but threats and violence against vaccine advocates. 2/ journals.plos.org/plosbiology/ar…
Dec 11, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Yes! #LabLeak proponents are a lot like creationists in that their entire argument is an appeal to incredulity. Because we haven't nailed down how #SARSCoV2 jumped to humans, they argue, the virus must have been "designed" in a lab by a creator or leaked from a lab. The basic idea is that they can't believe #COVID19 could have emerged naturally or, having emerged naturally, jumped from animals to humans without the intervention of an intelligence. In the case of creationists, that intelligence is God. In #LabLeak, it's scientists.
Dec 10, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
That was painfully close to where I spent my teen years. Also, I'm really disturbed to see a @McLarenHealth neurosurgeon spreading #COVID19 misinformation like this. Note the logo of the #COVID19 minimizing, #ivermectin-pushing group America's Frontline Doctors in the upper lefthand corner.
Dec 9, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Ugh. This article's headline is ridiculous. The application of scientific findings to policy has ALWAYS been political. It has to be, because it's policy. bigthink.com/13-8/science-p… Even the article about how we trust the science behind airplanes and the people flying and maintaining them because of their knowledge is off-base, as all of the safety standards behind the aviation industry have been codified as law, which is an inherently political process.
Dec 8, 2021 18 tweets 6 min read
This is a very old antivax trope. Antivaxxers have been claiming that vaccines cause infertility for as long as I can remember since I first started paying attention to the antivaccine movement. Unfortunately, this claim resonates. The disinformation works. 1/ It worked in Kenya in 2014, when antivaxxers claimed that the tetanus vaccine caused infertility in young women. 2/ respectfulinsolence.com/2014/11/13/cat…
Dec 7, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
The unvaccinated described as being treated like "second class citizens"? I wonder if @reason knows that that's rhetoric straight from the antivaccine movement dating back as long as I've been paying attention to antivaxxers (nearly two decades). Not a good look. I suppose that next @reason will be comparing the unvaccinated to the "new civil rights movement."🙄
Dec 7, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Yes. A continuing frustration I’ve had with colleagues whom #COVID19 finally woke up to the danger of the antivax movement is that they frequently mistakenly conflate vaccine hesitancy with antivaccine views. The two are not the same. The strategies for each are very different. Basically, the hard core antivaxxers who create and disseminate the antivax disinformation to which the vaccine hesitant fall victim are very much like religious or political zealots or fanatics. They are immune to facts and science. 2/
Nov 25, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Oh, bloody hell @CBSMornings, dowsing? Really? Dowsing. Presented as though there is something to it. “Everything is not about science? Have a little faith.” Ugh. The story followed the old annoying trope media use to cover pseudoscience. They found a dowser, followed him around, acted as though he was more accurate than chance, and then included the "token skeptic" scientist, which is when they said, "“Everything is not about science."
Nov 13, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Surprise, surprise. We've been warning about this for 20 years. Few listened, and many of our fellow physicians were even "shruggies," who dismissed our warnings as trivial and unimportant, right up until right before the pandemic. Basically, the "wellness industry" has long been antivax. "Wellness" gurus almost always at least lean antivax.
Nov 12, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
Sigh. Just when I thought @Twitter was doing a bit better, it goes and amplifies this as “science.” Image Geez, @Twitter and @TwitterSafety, this is the worst one yet, straight up antivax misinformation tagged as “science.” It’s not even subtle. Image
Nov 12, 2021 9 tweets 6 min read
You know, @bmj_latest, when two of the biggest antivax propaganda sites in the world are loudly touting a badly sourced, conspiracy mongering bit of "investigational journalism" you commissioned from crank @thackerpd, you are doing it wrong and spreading antivax disinformation. When one of your @bmj_latest editors, Peter Doshi, has been at least antivax-adjacent for years and years and spreading antivax nonsense about #CovidVaccine, you're doing it wrong. respectfulinsolence.com/2021/01/15/why…
Nov 11, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
I frequently warn science communicators about this. Cranks LOVE to interview you or get you on their podcasts or It takes a very special skillset that few possess to be able to go "into the lions' den," so to speak. @stevennovella, for example, has that skillset. You, on the other hand, probably do not. When you think you do, that is likely hubris.
Nov 10, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
I thought: That’s a hell of conspiracy theory that, if true, would involve a lot of people covering up a lot of very improbable events. Guess what? After a year and a half it’s STILL a hell of conspiracy theory that, if true, would involve a lot of people covering up a lot. 1/ As I was putting together a talk about antivax conspiracy theories, I perused my blogs. You know what? People were claiming the then-novel coronavirus was an escaped bioweapon as early as January 2020—probably earlier. 2/
Oct 26, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
@FLSurgeonGen What disingenuous nonsense. How did you manage to get through medical school? After all, your surgery, emergency medicine (trauma, wound suturing, , and OB/GYN rotations required a lot of mask wearing. Did you have a problem communicating on those rotations? How did you pass? @FLSurgeonGen What about pediatrics? How did you do lumbar punctures? Did you do an oncology rotation during internal medicine? Surely you had to wear a mask and gown up to enter the rooms of several immunosuppressed patients at some point in your clinical rotations?