Can Naturopathic Doctors Combat COVID-19?
March 31, 2020 by

Last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) announced that it urges government officials coordinating the national COVID-19 pandemic response to utilize all licensed healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs) “to support other medical professionals in changing the trajectory of this public health crisis.”  Yes, we’re facing shortages of health care workers to respond …

Coronavirus-Misinformation-Celestia Ward
Fear Itself: Covid-19, Media Literacy, and Social Media Distancing
March 25, 2020 by

This is the first in a series of original articles on the covid-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Covid Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  There’s a natural—almost Pavlovian—tendency to follow the news closely, …

Exercise for Cognitive Health
Why Exercise Is Good for the Brain
September 30, 2019 by

Computerized brain training games and dietary supplements will make your brain healthier, and you will get smarter—according to companies selling those products. There are many products aimed at improving brain health and cognition, but research is inconclusive regarding the benefits of many of these products. So what has been shown to enhance brain functioning?  Exercise …

Homeopathy in the House
July 19, 2019 by

Homeopathy isn’t discussed much in the halls of Congress. So when last month, a pro-homeopathy amendment was considered on the House floor, I thought it would be a good opportunity to peek at the man behind the congressional curtain. Our longtime supporters will recall that, in 2015, former CFI Director of Government Affairs Michael DeDora …

Eight Hours in a Room with the Anti-Vaxxers
March 14, 2019 by

On March 12, I went to give testimony at a hearing to support Maine’s L.D. 798, a bill to end non-medical exemptions to the state’s vaccination requirements. Little did I know, the issue has become so heated, that the office building that houses the committee room was packed to the gills with advocates on both …

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Myth of Parental Rights
March 14, 2019 by

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. Virgil, The Aeneid (II, 49) I fear the Greeks, even those bearing gifts. Also, in a less literary vein – a crap sandwich on the tastiest bread is still a crap sandwich. When our opponents present us with something, whatever they call it and however they present it, we are …

Being a Burden: Improper Reason for Seeking Assisted Dying?
February 6, 2019 by

A common argument against legalizing assisted dying for the terminally ill is that most will seek it for the “wrong” reason; specifically, they will hasten their death to avoid becoming a burden to others. For example, a statement issued recently by opponents of a Maryland bill to legalize assisted dying argues that in states where …

Why Roe Matters (It’s Not Just Abortion Rights)
February 5, 2019 by

The “right to privacy … is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.” So wrote Justice Harry Blackmun in 1973 in his seminal opinion in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973). By that opinion, 7 men (with 2 men opposing) determined that the federal Constitution prevented states …

Anti-Science and Pro-Religious Privilege: Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Worse than We Thought
September 10, 2018 by

Update: Though CFI believes, based on his past statements and on the phrasing of his answer to Senator Cruz, that Judge Kavanaugh probably does hold an unscientific position on birth control and abortifacients, the evidence is insufficient to make this claim with 100 percent certainty. Although Judge Kavanaugh’s answer doesn’t allow us to determine with certainty …

CVS, Homeopathy, and the DC Court System — What’s Happening?
September 7, 2018 by

Earlier this summer I filed a consumer protection lawsuit in the D.C. Superior Court against CVS Pharmacy, Inc., alleging that their stores commit fraud by displaying homeopathic products alongside science based medicine both in their brick-and-mortar stores and online. The wheels of justice turn notoriously slowly, so I wanted to take this opportunity to fill …