Friday, 18th AprilShiitake Mushrooms and Cervical Cancer
The Daily Mail’s Project Oncology appears to have appears to have discovered shiitake mushrooms with an item headlined “Could MUSHROOMS prevent cervical cancer?” Inevitably, this possible natural cancer cure has been picked up by Natural News. In fact it is not the mushrooms themselves but an extract of shiitake mushrooms ...
Wednesday, 16th AprilDC's Improbable Science
Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: a review
This is a web version of a review of Peter Gotzsche’s book. It appeared in the April 2014 Healthwatch Newsletter. Read the whole newsletter. It has lots of good stuff. Their newsletters here. Healthwatch has been exposing quackery since 1989. Their first newsletter is still relevant.a Most new drugs and ... Left Brain Right Brain
#StopCombatingMe: A New PSA from ASAN
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Jenny McCarthy tries to position herself as in the “grey area” on vaccines
Monday, 7th AprilLeft Brain Right Brain
IACC Issues Statement Regarding Implications of Changes in the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Stuff And Nonsense
Guardian Publishes Article On Vitamin Pills Written By Vitamin Pill Salesman
The note at the bottom of this Guardian article ‘the science behind dietary supplements’ states that the website mentioned in the article is “an independent encyclopedia on supplementation and nutrition. It does not accept advertising.” However, nowhere in the article does it mention any other website that the author is involved with. Well, ...
Sunday, 6th AprilLeft Brain Right Brain
Presidential Proclamation — World Autism Awareness Day, 2014
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IACC Meeting this Tuesday
Saturday, 5th AprilStuff And Nonsense
Crazy Hypothesis Amnesty
I’m interested in daft, unlikely, or outright weird ideas (there used to be a non-peer-reviewed journal for this) and would like to read yours. I like daft ideas and I think as long as you don’t assume they’re true, they’re probably pretty harmless (as well as having the benefit of entertaining ...
Friday, 4th AprilStuff And Nonsense
Weird Cold Symptoms ? Is It Just Me?
The symptom checker at webmd.com gives the following symptoms for the common cold: Cough Pain or discomfort Decreased appetite Fatigue Hoarse voice Runny nose Sore throat Nasal congestion Fever Body aches or pains Decreased smell Weirdly, I get some slightly odd symptoms not mentioned here. And one that contradicts the ...
Friday, 28th MarchStuff And Nonsense
WDDTY: Dr Verkerk, Evil Big Pharma, and Supplements
Dr Robert Verkerk has written an opinion piece for the April 2014 issue of What Doctors Don’t Tell You. Verkerk’s article is essentially a complaint about Big Pharma being involved in selling vitamin pills, and he ends by recommending that people use ‘natural’ forms of supplements not made by Big Pharma as ...
Monday, 24th March
On the hazards of significance testing. Part 2: the false discovery rate, or how not to make a fool of yourself with P values
This post shows that if you declare that you have made a discovery when a significance test give P = 0.047, you will be wrong at least 30% of the time, and up to 80% of the time is the experiment is small.
Sunday, 23rd March
Bad Environmental Science
Like many local authority housing blocks we have a recycling bin. We used to have three but two were taken away, with the result that the remaining one is permanently overflowing. I contacted Lewisham Council’s waste disposal team to point out the problem. I was told that the other two ...
Friday, 21st March
Yep, measles is still a killing disease
Thursday, 13th March
Statins have no side effects? What our study really found, its fixable flaws, and why trials transparency matters (again).
Tuesday, 11th March
Meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
On the hazards of significance testing. Part 1: the screening problem
This post is about why screening healthy people is generally a bad idea. It is the first in a series of posts on the hazards of statistics.
Saturday, 8th March
Autism an inside job: a webinar by 9/11 truthers and some names you might recognize.
Sunday, 2nd March
More Canary Party financial documents
Saturday, 1st March
A cause célèbre for those claiming vaccines cause autism
Thursday, 27th February
WHO TCM Strategy
The World Health Organisation has published this document: PDF. It’s their traditional medicine strategy for 2014-23. Here’s just one of the things that raised an eyebrow or two: Strategic actions for Member States: 1. Based on the greatest potential risks and/or benefits attributable to T&CM used in their country: a. monitor the ...
Friday, 21st February
The Myth of Big Pharma
Forty years ago this year (god, can it be so long?), I joined the pharmaceutical industry. Its reputation then was little better then than it is now, various companies having weathered scandals in the previous two decades. In the 1950s Pfizer was top UK company by a long way, on ...
Tuesday, 18th February
Did an Earthquake Create the Turin Shroud?
Last week I read a claim that the Turin Shroud could in fact date from the time of Christ and is not a medieval forgery. The reason for believing it to be a forgery is the fact that three independent tests have “concluded with 95% confidence that the shroud material ...
Thursday, 6th February
Some pharmacological history: an exam from 1959
Last year, I was sent my answer paper for one of my final exams, taken in 1959. This has triggered a bout of shamelessly autobiographical nostalgia. The answer sheets that I wrote had been kept by one of my teachers at Leeds, Dr George Mogey. After he died in 2003, ...
Wednesday, 5th February
La Trobe University (Melbourne) takes money to promote quackery
This post is the original version of a post by Michael Vagg. It was posted at the Conversation but taken down within hours, on legal advice. Sadly, the Conversation has a track record for pusillanimous behaviour of this sort. It took minutes before the cached version reappeared on freezepage.com. I’m ...
Wednesday, 29th January
Charities, Evidence and Vulnerable Minors
It’s about a year since Neon Roberts was famously spirited away by his mother to a holistic therapy refuge, in defiance of the courts, because she disagreed with the treatment options offered by his oncologist. As ever, it’s not a black and white case, and I have some sympathy with ...
Monday, 27th January
The Not So Clear Cut Link Between Mouthwashing and Heart Attacks
According to the Mail on Sunday, mouthwashes are a major health hazard. I’m not convinced. The item opens by saying: Using mouthwash is a ‘disaster’ for health, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, scientists are warning. Sounds pretty bad. Anybody reading beyond that scary first paragraph will learn ...
Saturday, 25th January
Comment on “Potential Impact of DSM-5 Criteria on Autism Spectrum Disorder Prevalence Estimates”
Thursday, 23rd January
Comment on: Wrong About Vaccine Safety: A Review of Andrew Wakefield’s “Callous Disregard”
Wednesday, 22nd January
A vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study and, guess what, vaccinated kids do better on tests
Mayer Eisenstein files for bankruptcy…again