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March 04, 2015

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1:30 PM | Alternative oncology versus oncology
I hadn’t planned on discussing the death of Jess Ainscough again, figuring two posts in a row were enough for now, barring new information. Besides, I was getting a little tired of the seemingly unending stream of her fans castigating me for being “insensitive” and saying it was “too soon” to discuss her death and…

March 02, 2015

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9:00 AM | Science Needs Cool Kids
I was not cool in high school. I think it would be a stretch to say I was a nerd, but I wasn’t cool and I certainly wasn’t getting laid. No, like so many scientists and science writers in the world, I mostly kept my head down and waited for college. You see, it’s in […]
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9:00 AM | Science Needs Cool Kids
I was not cool in high school. I think it would be a stretch to say I was a nerd, but I wasn’t cool and I certainly wasn’t getting laid. No, like so many scientists and science writers in the world, I mostly kept my head down and waited for college. You see, it’s in […]

February 27, 2015

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11:35 AM | The Wellness Warrior, Jess Ainscough, has passed away
Two months ago, I took note of a somewhat cryptic blog post by a young woman named Jess Ainscough. In Australia and much of the world, Ainscough was known as the Wellness Warrior. She was a young woman who developed an epithelioid sarcoma in 2008 and ended up choosing “natural healing” to treat her cancer.…

February 26, 2015

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7:39 PM | How Movies Control Your Brain by braincraft: Neuroscience is...
How Movies Control Your Brain by braincraft: Neuroscience is being used in Hollywood to measure and predict audience reactions. Could your brain direct an Oscar winner?
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11:30 AM | Poor, poor pitiful Andy (Wakefield): Dissed again, this time by the Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care
Poor Andy Wakefield. Beginning in the late 1990s until around six years ago, Andy was the premiere “vaccine skeptic” in the world. His 1998 case series published in The Lancet linking bowel problems in autistic children to the measles vaccine, the one where in the paper itself he was careful not to blame the MMR…
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12:24 AM | Is the fate of the NHS really written in the stars? Tredinnick thinks so.
As most people in Great Britain will know, there is a general election approaching, which usually means that issues that have been bubbling over for awhile tend to come to the forefront. This election’s political hot-potato has thus far been the NHS (National Health Service). Few would deny that the NHS is facing something of… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Member of Parliament Tredinnick is saying silly stuff again ‘What Doctors Don’t Tell You’ mag […]

February 25, 2015

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11:00 AM | Finally, the State of Florida acts against Brian Clement and the Hippocrates Health Institute
Every so often, it’s good to post some heartening news regarding quackery. After all, after a decade of blogging about this, preceded by five years in the trenches of Usenet battling quackery and Holocaust denial, sometimes it’s hard for me not to become depressed. After all, there are times when it really does feel as…

February 24, 2015

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9:43 PM | FTC cites melanoma apps and mosquito repellent wristbands as deceptive
The US Federal Trade Commission has lowered the boom on two deceptive consumer products. First, unsupported claims that a phone app could detect skin cancer. FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps. The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Skechers still sketchy with shoe marketing Sensa and others in federal […]
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11:00 AM | As states try to crack down on non-medical exemptions to school vaccine mandates, antivaccinationists lose it (yellow Star of David edition)
With the Disneyland measles outbreak still going strong and striking far more unvaccinated than vaccinated, it’s not surprising that a discussion has begun in some states about lax policies that permit religious and/or philosophical exemptions. In Oregon, for example, the legislature is considering SB442, a bill apparently originally intended to provide a technical fix to…

February 23, 2015

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8:30 AM | Oh, joy. His Royal Quackiness will be gracing us with his presence in March
Oh, goody. Here’s something we didn’t need here in the US. While Australian skeptics have successfully been rallying to put a stop to a series of lectures from American antivaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, we’re going to have to put up with a far bigger name in quackery showing up right here in the good ol’…

February 18, 2015

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11:54 PM | Dead Famous DNA
Dead famous DNA is ludicrous and misrepresents genetics.
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10:34 PM | Inflammation, Acupuncture, and HPA axis: Faulty Science Clouds Understanding
In the wake of my recent critique of acupuncture being touted as a remedy for allergic rhinitis, I was pointed (via a Twitter comment) towards a 2013 review in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which purported to propose a mechanism for the much-claimed anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture. There are several putative mechanisms, discussing all of which will make this post gargantuan. Therefore, I shall focus on the explanation involving the […]
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10:34 PM | Inflammation, Acupuncture, and HPA axis: Faulty Science Clouds Understanding
In the wake of my recent critique of acupuncture being touted as a remedy for allergic rhinitis, I was pointed (via a Twitter comment) towards a 2013 review in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which purported to propose a mechanism for the much-claimed anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture. There are several putative mechanisms, discussing all of which will make this post gargantuan. Therefore, I shall focus on the explanation involving the […]
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10:34 PM | Inflammation, Acupuncture, and HPA axis: Faulty Science Clouds Understanding
In the wake of my recent critique of acupuncture being touted as a remedy for allergic rhinitis, I was pointed (via a Twitter comment) towards a 2013 review in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which purported to propose a mechanism for the much-claimed anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture. There are several putative mechanisms, discussing all of which will make this post gargantuan. Therefore, I shall focus on the explanation involving the […]
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1:50 PM | Dowsing useless in finding missing girl
The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Find Me psychics don’t have paranormal powers Competition to dowse for artifacts. Over a […]

February 16, 2015

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11:00 AM | Book Review: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? by Timothy Caulfield
“Evidence-based entertainment” is the motto and mandate of the production team under whose banner this blog exists. It expresses a desire for subversive education in light of growing apathy, for using the tools of entertainment to foster skepticism. The pill is always easier to swallow in a scoop of ice cream. I love stumbling upon … Continue reading →
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6:01 AM | Bill Maher doubles down on his antivaccine misinformation…again
I really don’t want Mondays to be come “let’s refute and make fun of the conspiratorial antivaccine nonsense Bill Maher said on his show Friday night.” I really don’t. However, I figured that I might have to devote Monday to that one more time this week after Maher really let his antivaccine freak flag fly…
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6:01 AM | Bill Maher doubles down on his antivaccine misinformation…again
I really don’t want Mondays to be come “let’s refute and make fun of the conspiratorial antivaccine nonsense Bill Maher said on his show Friday night.” I really don’t. However, I figured that I might have to devote Monday to that one more time this week after Maher really let his antivaccine freak flag fly…
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4:00 AM | The Food Babe’s war on “chemicals” heats up again
[Note: This is an extra bonus post. Because The Food Babe has been in the news and I couldn’t wait until today, I discussed it at a certain not-so-super-secret blog. If you’ve read it before, it’s only somewhat modified and updated. If you haven’t, it’s news to you. Either way, feel free to comment. Completely […]

February 14, 2015

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3:10 PM | “A little research” doesn’t cut it: Quack medicine speaks in Northwest Territories
After being accused by a magazine of promoting “disproven and discredited therapy systems” at their conference, the organizers of the Northwest Territories Wellness Conference (taking place this weekend) used the old “complementary” trope to excuse their choices. Indeed, a cursory look at their schedule reveals workshops with the following descriptive phrases: “how to use local plants … Continue reading →
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3:10 PM | “A little research” doesn’t cut it: Quack medicine speaks in Northwest Territories
After being accused by a magazine of promoting “disproven and discredited therapy systems” at their conference, the organizers of the Northwest Territories Wellness Conference (taking place this weekend) used the old “complementary” trope to excuse their choices. Indeed, a cursory look at their schedule reveals workshops with the following descriptive phrases: “how to use local plants … Continue reading →

February 13, 2015

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2:59 PM | Sheldrake collaborating on children’s book about psychic dogs
Sheldrake’s idea that dogs know when there owner is coming home is unconfirmed and falls on the highly dubious side. But let’s tell kids about it! Boy’s Best Friend | Kate Banks, Rupert Sheldrake Kate Banks and world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake collaborate on this novel about two boys who set out to prove that their dogs… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:TED under fire for pseudoscience AGAIN (UPDATE) Art Bell returns Sept. 16 Editorial by psi […]
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1:45 PM | The annals of “I’m not antivaccine,” part 14: Vaccine “Trafficking” and beyond
If there’s one good thing about the ongoing Disneyland measles outbreak that is continuing to spread, if there can be a “good thing” about an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease that didn’t have to happen, it’s that it’s put the antivaccine movement on the defensive. They are definitely feeling the heat. Their reaction to that heat…

February 12, 2015

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11:24 PM | The growing trend of confusing astrology with science
Astrology is the fatally-flawed idea that the location and movement of stars and planets influence our lives here on earth. It’s the epitome of a NON-scientific idea that has been discarded centuries ago. No scientist studies it. However, a recent survey shows almost all population segments, especially young people, mistakingly think this field is considered… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:There shall be no mocking of astrology in India! “REAL” astrologers […]
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11:00 AM | The Food Babe: “There is just no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever”
It’s been a while since I’ve taken notice of Vani Hari, a.k.a. The Food Babe, the misguided “food safety” activist who sees chemicals, chemicals, chemicals everywhere and raises fears about them all, especially the ones that she can’t pronounce. The first time I took any significant notice of her was about a year ago, when…

February 11, 2015

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5:40 AM | Sniffles, Sneezes, Itches, Boo-boo: What Can The Needles Do?
Nasal allergies (a.k.a. Allergic Rhinitis, or hay fever) represent a frequent allergic disorder that reduces the sufferer’s quality of life, and has harsh economic implications in terms of healthcare costs and social productivity. A 2003 retrospective study from Germany estimated that average annual cost of season allergic rhinitis was approximately €1,089 per child/adolescent and €1,543 per adult, considering direct medical and nonmedical costs. (Note: €1 = US $1.0503, on […]
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5:40 AM | Sniffles, Sneezes, Itches, Boo-boo: What Can The Needles Do?
Nasal allergies (a.k.a. Allergic Rhinitis, or hay fever) represent a frequent allergic disorder that reduces the sufferer’s quality of life, and has harsh economic implications in terms of healthcare costs and social productivity. A 2003 retrospective study from Germany estimated that average annual cost of season allergic rhinitis was approximately €1,089 per child/adolescent and €1,543 per adult, considering direct medical and nonmedical costs. (Note: €1 = US $1.0503, on […]
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5:40 AM | Sniffles, Sneezes, Itches, Boo-boo: What Can The Needles Do?
Nasal allergies (a.k.a. Allergic Rhinitis, or hay fever) represent a frequent allergic disorder that reduces the sufferer’s quality of life, and has harsh economic implications in terms of healthcare costs and social productivity. A 2003 retrospective study from Germany estimated that average annual cost of season allergic rhinitis was approximately €1,089 per child/adolescent and €1,543 per adult, considering direct medical and nonmedical costs. (Note: €1 = US $1.0503, on […]

February 10, 2015

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3:46 PM | The Food Babe spends more time trying to piss off critics than doing research?
Vani Hari, “The Food Babe” (*gag*), has been repeated raked over the critical coals for her often terrible information that she passes to the public. She’s attacked beer, airplane air and Subway bread. Though she often makes egregious mistakes and is great at fear mongering and getting media attention, she’s is TRULY annoyed with any… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Ancient Aliens Debunked by Biblical literalist (Updated: Flood myth debunked) When pigs […]
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