Scienceblogger Orac at Respectful Insolence views it as progress that our senior senator is apparently keeping some distance from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., or as I call him America’s Most Irresponsible Public Figure®. Over the years, as Orac tells it (he has links), Mikulski has been more than sympathetic to unproven and alternative medicine theories:
She co-sponsored a resolution that declared one week during last October to be Naturopathic Medicine Week, or, as I called it, Quackery Week. She also co-chaired a meeting with the creator of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), where Harkin complained that NCCAM had “fallen short” because it hadn’t “validated” enough CAM, completely misunderstanding how science works and supported an amendment to the Affordable Care Act to have it cover CAM practitioners. It goes on and on; she appeared at the anniversary of the integrative medicine center at the University of Maryland and has even appeared on Dr. Oz’s radio show to promote “integrative medicine.” She is among the most woo-friendly legislators out there.