Less Bad

January 17, 2018


The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities. 

President Trump is super-human. Here’s what the doctor who performed his physical examination said:

It is called genetics … Some people have just great genes. I told the president that if he had a healthier diet over the last 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old. 

Wow!! Despite the president’s mere four to five hours of sleep per night, he “has a very unique ability to just get up in the morning and reset.” Wowee wow!!! And what about whether he’s crazy or suffering from dementia:

I can reliably say, and I think that the folks in the mental health [field] would back me up on the fact that if he had some kind of mental, cognitive issue, that this test is sensitive enough, it would have picked up on it. He would not have got 30 out of 30 … And my personal experience is that he has absolutely no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever. 

Dr. Robert E. Bartholomew, a new Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, reports on the recent Senate hearing on an alleged “sonic attack” in Cuba. Marco Rubio wasn’t having it:

Dr. Rosenfarb [State Department medical director] … is there any thought given to the fact that this is a case of mass hysteria? That a bunch of people are just being hypochondriacs and making it up?

Bartholomew says it’s not that simple. Of those who claim to experience the attack, “most are normal, healthy people who are experiencing a collective stress reaction.”

Remember how Disneyland had a measles outbreak because parents weren’t getting their kids vaccinated? Now California is doing great with vaccinations, and it’s all about that new law.  

Ex-naturopath Britt Hermes is a target for intimidation by the fake-medicine types, and there are some ways you can help out. You’ll be hearing even more from her soon around these parts so WATCH THIS SPACE. Not literally this space, I mean, please move on with your lives.

Don’t worry, Hawaii. The missile alert system’s new interface “is less bad than the first.” 

The Boston Globe talks to former Navy pilot David Fravor, who was part of the big NYT story on UFO investigations in the US government. “I know what I saw,” he says. Well that settles it.

Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year, isn’t actually a thing. 

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights rules that same-sex marriage and transgender rights are required as part of the American Convention on Human Rights.

Chik-fil-a, where they care about family values, unless of course you’re feeding an infant member of that family with your filthy, evil, boobs. Out you go!

What percentage of young Icelanders believe God created the world? Zero-point-zero percent. I assume there’s some margin of error there.

Quote of the Day

Ben Li, Thomas L. Forbes, John Byrne in the journal The Surgeon take on complementary and alternative medicine. The abstract:

The use of CAM may cause harm to patients through interactions with evidence-based medications or if patients choose to forego evidence-based care. CAM may also put financial strain on patients as most CAM expenditures are paid out-of-pocket. Despite these drawbacks, patients continue to use CAM due to media promotion of CAM therapies, dissatisfaction with conventional healthcare, and a desire for more holistic care. Given the increasing demand for CAM, many medical institutions now offer CAM services. Recently, there has been controversy surrounding the leaders of several CAM centres based at a highly respected academic medical institution, as they publicly expressed anti-vaccination views. These controversies demonstrate the non-evidence-based philosophies that run deep within CAM that are contrary to the evidence-based care that academic medical institutions should provide. Although there are financial incentives for institutions to provide CAM, it is important to recognize that this legitimizes CAM and may cause harm to patients. 

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