Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stories of the Day, August 4, 2015

Five Facts About Chiropractic That Might Make You Reconsider Getting Your Back Cracked

Approximately twenty million Americans visit a chiropractor each year, according to the American Chiropractic Association, making it the largest...

Silence Is Not Always Acceptance

A common statement I hear regarding social justice issues is that “Silence is acceptance” or “Silence equals consent”. Others believe that...







New Acupuncture Clinic closed by Ottawa Public Health

The Ontario College of Traditional Medicine and Acupuncturists is trying to permanently close a Wellington Street West acupuncture clinic...


Animal Psychic Claims to Have a Message From Cecil the Lion

A woman who calls herself a psychic medium (a.k.a. a person who preys on the vulnerability of grieving people for financial gain) has contrived...







Alhambra acupuncturist’s ‘bee sting therapy’ investigated

An Alhambra acupuncturist’s license is on the line after state medical regulators alleged he was “grossly negligent” when using bees to sting...



The Holistic Doctor Murder Conspiracy

The antivaccine and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) communities love a good conspiracy. When you live on the fringe of science...


There’s a surprisingly simple way to convince vaccine skeptics to reconsider

Here is a depressing fact about facts: in the face of beliefs, they often have little power. Fixing falsehoods  -- whether it's the closely-held...


Guelph woman whose husband died of chickenpox urges vaccination

When his daughter Haley was born, Scott Kuehner's doctor recommended he get the chickenpox vaccine. He had never had the contagious childhood...




Polygraph Expert Shows How to Beat a Lie Detector Test

Doug Williams is a former Oklahoma City detective sergeant. As an officer in the department's internal affairs and polygraph unit, he conducted...

Broward mom, accused of kidnapping girl to avoid vaccination, caught and jailed

A Sunrise woman who disappeared with her 2-year-old daughter in May 2014, reportedly to avoid having the girl vaccinated, was caught Monday...








Police drive against witchcraft killings

Alarmed over the increase in sorcery-related incidents, police in Ganjam district have launched an awareness drive to educate the people on...

Nosode homeopathic labels must read 'not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines:' Health Canada

Homeopathic products promoted to parents will need to be clear they are not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines, Health Canada says. The...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stories of the Day, July 31, 2015

Four in five beauty claims cannot be substantiated

Nearly one in four wrinkle removal claims were found to include 'outright lies', a study of cosmetic adverts found. For millions the beauty...


The Rendle-Sham Case: Phony and Phonier

The supposed Rendlesham Forest UFO landing case (sometimes referred to as "the British Roswell") involved the supposed landing (or at least...


As Patents Expire, Farmers Plant Generic GMOs

Monsanto no longer controls one of the biggest innovations in the history of agriculture. Billy Maddox planted 100 acres of Roundup Ready...







The Real Miracle of Acupuncture: That Anyone Still Believes In It

Unlike plenty of other mystic beliefs, the practical nature of acupuncture has the benefit of making it readily falsifiable through the form...



U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Responds to a We the People Petition on Vaccinations

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently responded personally to a petition asking the U.S. Government to prohibit any laws mandating the force...

Yoga TV show fined £25,000 over basil cancer cure claim

A digital TV channel has been fined £25,000 after viewers of its Yoga for You show were told basil leaves and black pepper could prevent cancer.


Scientology Documentary ‘Going Clear’ Gets October DVD, VOD Release

FilmRise has acquired U.S. DVD and non-exclusive VOD rights from Content Media to Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary “Going Clear,” Variety...

The return of the revenge of the “CDC whistleblower”

A couple of weeks ago, I first took note of a new conspiracy theory that’s been brewing in the antivaccine crankosphere, namely the claim...




Neil Young vs. GMOs: Why the rocker’s latest cause is a sham

Neil Young is a perennially pissed-off legend of rock, a toe-tapping lyricist who has used his songs to protest a lot of alleged evil over...

The audiophile’s dilemma: strangers can’t identify $340 cables, either [Updated]

"Vegas again," I thought, as the noisy A320 plonked down onto the runway at McCarran. I was in the front, thanks to a plethora of reward miles...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stories of the Day, July 29, 2015

Prosecutors: Charlottesville palm-reader indicted; claimed ability to see future, talk to spirits

A Charlottesville woman who claimed she had a “gift from God” and could see the past and future has been indicted on multiple federal charges...


Another unnecessary death in the making, thanks to cancer quackery

I hate stories like this, but what I hate even more is the way stories like this are all too commonly reported. Readers have been sending me...







The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the...



Anecdotes and Cannabis Oil

An article making the rounds has this claim in the headline: This Man Was Given 18 Months To Live. Here’s How He Illegally Cured His Cancer.








Genetically modified rice makes more food, less greenhouse gas

When it comes to major anthropogenic sources of methane (an important greenhouse gas), livestock and leaky natural gas wells and pipelines...





THE LONG HISTORY OF HITCHENS’ RAZOR

Christopher Hitchens is generally credited with popularizing the idea that “what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Stories of the Day, July 27, 2015

Bill Blocking GMO Label Requirements By States Passes U.S. House

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that genetically modified foods are safe for consumption, a couple of states have passed laws...


Chiropractors Association of Australia president-elect resigns over unauthorised treatment of baby in hospital

The Chiropractors Association of Australia is in turmoil after the resignation of its board director and president-elect over an unauthorised...


'Manhattan Medium' Thomas John has celeb clientele — and shady past as scammer and drag queen

A psychic to the stars with a shady past as a scammer — and as a drag queen — swears he’s a changed mystic. Thomas John, the self-proclaimed...

‘Miracle cure’ probe woman sets up a new Caribbean base

A WOMAN under investigation in Britain after potions containing bleach were sold as “miracle” cancer cures over the internet is planning to...


Debunking “10 scientific studies proving GMOs can be harmful to human health”

I recently stumbled across an article titled “10 Scientific Studies Proving GMOs Can Be Harmful To Human Health.” This article was written by...



Nigeria marks one year without recorded polio case

Nigeria has made a vital step towards being declared polio free, after marking a year without a recorded case. It can now be taken off the...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stories of the Day, July 25, 2015

Another Study that Doesn’t Show How Acupuncture Works

The pattern is now quite familiar – a study looking at some physiological outcome while rats or mice are being jabbed with needles is breathlessly...





Tennessee warns that mystery shoppers may simply be scam artists

State Division of Consumer Affairs' officials are warning Tennessee consumers to be wary of "mystery shopper scams." The division said Thursday...

Erv Brinker alleged to have sent $510,000 to psychic

The criminal case against fired Summit Pointe CEO Erv Brinker rests on what Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette alleged were fraudulent...




Judge may order refunds for buyers of Trudeau weight-loss book

Nearly a decade after TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau began hawking the controversial weight-loss book that ultimately landed him in prison, a federal...

Stop Freaking Out: Fukushima Isn't Mutating the Daisies 

A picture of some deformed plant sex organs is alarming people all over the internet this week. The photo, taken by Twitter user @san_kaido,




Will Half the Children be Autistic by 2025?

According to Alliance for Natural Health half of all children will be autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT. Lets see were...