Advice & Dissent: 2005

"Dr. Phil" McGraw has been slapped with a lawsuit from three Los Angelenos over his "Shape Up!" diet plan. They're seeking to expand it to a class action and are demanding refunds and additional damages. The suit alleges that the plan is worthless. It included taking 22 herbal…Read More
British scientists report in The New Scientist that they have repaired patients' damaged livers by using bone marrow stem cells painlessly collected from their own blood. Patients were first injected with a drug that stimulates their bone marrow to produce extra stem cells, which…Read More
. . . Al Qaeda's Number Two man Ayman al-Zawahiri disagrees with you. From his letter of July 9, 2005 to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to the head (and headsman, as in "decapitator") of Al Qaeda in Iraq: "I want to be the first to congratulate you for what God has blessed you with in…Read More
The emerging Iraqi army By Robert H. Scales Published October 14, 2005 I traveled to Iraq this week with a group of military analysts. From my visit I concluded that the greatest change in the military balance over since last summer has been achieved by the Iraqis Security forces…Read More
After I wrote recently about the lack of evidence connecting childhood vaccines preserved with thimerosal to autism, here and here, I received a slew of nasty letters from angry parents. Several cited "studies" showing that while the autism rate is 1 in 166 among the general…Read More
Deltoid's Tim Lambert, a blogger whose ranking has been dropping dramatically over the last year, has a vendetta against me because I've repeatedly made him look like a fool. That's so unfair; after all, making him look like a fool is like shooting blue whales in a coffee cup…Read More
Cindy Sheehan, who may be the only American more desparate for attention than Jesse Jackson and recently compared Hillary Clinton to Rush Limbaugh, says she plans to tie herself to the White House fence to protest the 2,000th death of an American serviceman in Iraq. "I'm going to…Read More
The only serious harm associated with the mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine is the risk to the health of children who don't receive it, an international team of investigators announced today. "In particular we conclude that all the major unintended events, such as triggering…Read More
From a blogsite posting of November 2: The Truth About Avian Flu Michael Fumento has written an excellent article about the 'avian flu': Actually, this is about my 1998 piece for the Wall Street Journal, as the blogger points out at the end. I guess panics are like fashions…Read More
It's not too often readers accuse me of not lying, but one has regarding my "Breast Cancer Herceptin Hype" piece. Dear Michael. Please tell me what good came out of your column this morning. All you did was take away any hope women had of recovery. Did you give them an…Read More