Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stories of the Day, February 6, 2016

CVS Sued Over False and Misleading Claim that its Algal-900 Supplement Improves Memory

CVS boasts that its Algal-900 DHA dietary supplement is “clinically shown” to improve memory, but relies solely on an industry-conducted study...

You should think for yourself and agree with me, insists conspiracy theorist without slightest trace of irony

An Internet conspiracy theorist has insisted people should think for themselves and agree with him without the slightest trace of irony this morning.

Notorious 'Demon House' Torn Down After Purchase By 'Ghost Adventures' Star

Indiana's so-called "demon house" is no more. The home that sparked national attention over reports of it being infested with powerful demonic...

Basic science disappearing from medical journals, study finds

A new study has found a steep decline in the number of scholarly papers about basic science published in leading medical journals in the last 20 years.

'Gay conversion' therapists find safe haven in Israel

A leading American Jewish group promoting therapy it said could turn gays to heterosexuals was ordered shut in December by a New Jersey court...

HIV Homeopathy Charity Facing Financial Crunch

The charity Homeopathy Action Trust represents pretty much everything that is wrong with homeopathy in the UK today. Homeopaths would not be...

Snow leopard DNA found in Chinese medicine sold in Australia

Chinese medicine purchased over the counter in Australia has been found to contain the DNA of endangered species. Laboratory testing of the...

Unnatural natural history of some favorite green veggies

Broccoli, kale, cabbage and others are not naturally occurring plants. They were all engineered by humans who selected for optimal genes involved...

Same as it ever was: Antivaccine crank Bill Maher loves him some HIV/AIDS quackery

I know I must be getting older because of Friday nights. I also know that I’m getting older because (1) there was no new post yesterday and...

The “pH Miracle Diet” naturopath is guilty, but California still has a problem

Robert O. Young, a naturopath in California who ran a luxury medical clinic, was found guilty of two counts of practicing medicine without a license.

Why Detox Diets and Cleanses Always Fail

If you spent any part of this month on a cleanse or detox diet, at some point in the process you likely felt run-down, irritable, depressed...

NASA Clarifies That Planet Nine (Or Planet X) Is Just A Theory

NASA is calling for a push to the brakes. Since the announcement of the study about the “Planet 9” or the “Planet X,” an unseen planet that...

Surge in WA jabs after threat

In the past, WA has recorded one of the lowest immunisation rates of all States but in the December quarter it reached 92.1 per cent coverage...

IS THE DOOR OPENING MORE IN CHINA FOR GMOS, AND OTHER NEWS ITEMS…

It seems apparent that the ChemChina / Syngenta deal should be a jump starter for more use of biotechnology in the world’s most populous nation.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stories of the Day, February 3, 2016

Now Dr. Oz is Against Fluoride Too?

Brother John Birch and anti-science activists have a new friend — in Dr. Oz. Well, anti-science activists always had him. But John Birchers...

VACCINATION MORTALITY RISK – THERE’S NOTHING THERE

Vaccination mortality risk is often trumpeted (no evidence, of course) by the vaccine deniers as being very high, and one of the major reasons...

Climate Change Denier Claims (Heh) That 2015 Wasn’t (Ha) the Hottest Year on Record (HAHAHAHA!)

I (and many others) have shown that the loudest voices in the climate change denial noise machine have long since run out of any real credibility.

Prenatal Multivitamins and Iron: Not Evidence-Based

When I was pregnant, I obediently took the iron pills and prenatal vitamins prescribed by my obstetrician. And I prescribed them for every pregnant...

Minnesota salmonella cases linked to Garden of Life organic shakes

A salmonella outbreak taking place in seven states in America has been linked to the Garden of Life milk shakes. Minnesota local health department...

How Pseudoscientific Quacks Defend Child Abuse

Few things are more provoking to a scientific skeptic than when pseudoscientific cranks and quack exploit those who are not in a position to...

Are schools teaching ‘anti-GMO propaganda?’

The decision of the Sausalito Marin City, California, school district to incorporate a program of serving only non-GMO, organic meals to its...

Headteacher mocked on Twitter for claiming evolution is not a fact

A primary school headteacher has been mocked on Twitter after claiming that evolution was “a theory” and there was “more evidence that the Bible...

Laws Limiting Vaccine Exemptions Work

It’s nice when a question can be resolved with objective numbers of unequivocal outcomes. Subjective outcomes give scientists a headache.

WTF Happened to Golden Rice?

Like the hover boards of the Back to the Future franchise, golden rice is an old idea that looms just beyond the grasp of reality. "This Rice...

Health minister demands answers after claims of false advertising by chiropractors

The South Australian health minister, Jack Snelling, has demanded answers from Australia’s health regulator about how it plans to stop chiropractors...

Global warming hasn’t paused

The notion that there has been a recent pause or hiatus in global climate change is one of those myths that just will not die. Numerous studies...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Stories of the Day, February 1, 2016

No, GM Mosquitoes Didn’t Start The Zika Outbreak.

A new ridiculous rumor is spreading around the internets. According to conspiracy theorists, the recent outbreak of Zika can be blamed on the...

Class-action lawsuit reveals company sat on 2004 study indicating Cold-FX does nothing to fight colds

The makers of Cold-FX have sat for years on a study that suggested Canada’s most popular cold and flu remedy was no more effective than a placebo...





Transparency and Scrutiny vs. Harassment and Intimidation: The Triage

A commentary appeared today online in Nature, co-authored by me and Dorothy Bishop, which took up the issue of transparency in science, with...

Research, you’re doing it wrong: A look at Tenpenny’s “Vaccine Research Library”

“I’ve done my research.” If you’ve ever debated someone who disagrees with a scientific consensus, then you’ve probably encountered that sentence...

Indian Homeopaths come to UK to Lecture on Treating Cancer

This blog has been continuously critical of UK homeopaths who fund and set up clinics in Africa that treat people with serious illnesses such...

The Crusade Against Multiple Regression Analysis

The thing I’m most interested in right now has become a kind of crusade against correlational statistical analysis—in particular, what’s called...





FDA bans imports of genetically engineered salmon — for now

Genetically engineered salmon won't be hitting U.S. dinner tables anytime soon. Two months after federal regulators approved the nation's first...

Spa Death and the Dangers of Pseudoscience

Three Quebec spa workers were just sentenced to prison for their role in the death of Chantal Lavigne. During their “spiritual” treatment, Lavigne...

A wacky conspiracy is circulating about Zika and GMOs — and it needs to stop

There's a wacky rumor going around about the Zika virus. It centers around the bogus idea that genetically modified mosquitoes are to blame...

The Dangers of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit

I recently noticed a trend on my Facebook news feed: uncomfortably cute memes shared from the page of David Wolfe. “Your eyes are useless when...

From deep in the heart of the “organized campaign” against Judy Wilyman’s antivaccine PhD thesis

Politicians and activists know that one of the most effective ways to discredit critics is to try to portray them as (1) being in the pay of...

Monday, February 1, 2016

Stories of the Day, January 31, 2016

Supposed Doctor Who Injected Himself With Charlie Sheen's HIV-Positive Blood: "I've Cured Countries!"

Last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher featured a segment ultimately suggesting that if it smells like bullshit, it might be the milk of arthritic goats.

Anti-vaccine Zika virus conspiracy fails to surprise

It was an event so impossible to predict it is absent from the highly respected Before It’s News‘ What Did Nostradamus Predict For 2016? Or...

EVEN IN THE MIDDLE AGES, PEOPLE DIDN’T THINK THE EARTH WAS FLAT

Atlanta rapper B.o.B got a lot of attention this week by suggesting in a series of tweets that he believes that the Earth is flat, saying we...

In a world with no antibiotics, how did doctors treat infections?

The development of antibiotics and other antimicrobial therapies is arguably the greatest achievement of modern medicine. However, overuse and...









THIS CHIPOTLE CONSPIRACY THEORY WILL MAKE YOU QUESTION OUR NATION'S SANITY

Chipotle, known for its steadfast and outspoken opposition of GMOs and processed food, has taken some major publicity hits over the past few...

How a Celebrity’s Silly Belief in Flat Earth Can Be Useful

I was going to start this piece by asking how it could be that in the 21st century anyone who can put on his or her own shoes in the morning...





Ted Cruz keeps saying that satellites don’t show global warming. Here’s the problem

Last week, when NASA and NOAA jointly announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record by a sizable margin, the news may have seemed purely...

Study Finds No Proof of 'Seasonal' Depression

A new study cast doubts on the existence of seasonal depression -- a mood disorder linked to reduced sunlight in the winter months. This form...

CBC retracts supplement report

Some Marketplace reports about vitamins and supplements published in November contained incorrect information, CBC has learned. Last fall, Marketplace...




Anti-Vaccine Bingo: This Week, Epilepsy

An article has been making the rounds on the internet claiming there is a link between vaccines and epilepsy. This is outrageously false, but...

'Climate Snow Job'? Scientists Respond to Attack on Evidence (Op-Ed)

An opinion piece published Jan. 24 in The Wall Street Journal presented false and misleading statements as if they were fact. In the op-ed...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Skeptical Meme of the Week, January 31, 2016

Here is your skeptical meme of the week, via Skeptical Inquirer


Stories of the Day, January 30, 2016

Zen and the Art of Molecular Hydrogen

Enthusiasts, I have terrifying news. Did you know that inflammation is the leading cause of all illnesses, including cancer and mental health concerns?



The shocking confessions of a naturopathic doctor

I was a licensed naturopathic doctor in two states. I quit practicing naturopathic medicine after discovering my former boss, also a licensed ND...

Sandy Hook truther to face jury

So-called truther Matthew Mills will get his chance to convince a jury that not only did the Sandy Hook tragedy not happen, but that hero-teacher...

Anti-GMO research may be based on manipulated data

An ongoing investigation at the University of Naples in Italy is looking into allegations that some studies of genetically modified crops included...

MICHIGAN VACCINATION WAIVER RATE FALLS

The rate at which non-medical vaccination waivers are issued in Michigan has fallen nearly 39% from a year ago. The decline is attributed to...

The world without vaccines was a cruel place

The terrible plagues that killed our children have been defeated in the West. But the price we pay to stop their return is vigilant vaccination.

US anti-vaccination leaders incite more threats against Dr Paul Offit

Many posts have been written about the incitement of violence and the violent rhetoric which has become de rigueur in the anti-vaccination movement.

Facts vs. opinions: Beware of false balance in your reporting

It is a journalist’s job to objectively and fairly represent the various perspectives on an issue, and it’s a journalist’s responsibility to...

Who knew? Tightening up requirements for waivers for school vaccine requirements increases vaccine uptake!

Michigan is a frustrating state to live in these days. Our state government has just shown itself to be epically incompetent in its handling...

3 people found guilty in Chantal Lavigne's sweating death to do prison time

The three people found responsible for the so-called sweating death of Chantal Lavigne in 2011 have been sentenced to prison. Gabrielle Fr├ęchette...

The Fermi Paradox Is Not Fermi's, and It Is Not a Paradox

Two big ideas often come up in discussions about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. One is the Drake Equation, which estimates...

Anti-GM groups question NITI Aayog's pro-transgenic crops paper

Government may be treading cautiously over the controversial issue of genetically modified (GM) technology, but its think-tank NITI Aayog has...