Article Archive for August 2006

Spallation and the real memory of water
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 23 August 2006
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An even more than usually crackpot idea from homeopath Carol Franske is that shaking the bottle splits atomic nuclei. And a discussion on recent work which suggests that the real memory of water is even less than a millionth of a millionth of a second

Quack diagnosis and treatment of allergies
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 17 August 2006
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The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ACAI) has issued a superbly reasoned analysis of about 30 allergy-related tests and treatments that “have been promoted in the absence of any scientific rationale.”

Why NCCAM gives bad value
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 16 August 2006
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The US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has had $842 million of taxpayers’ money and has wasted most of it.

Delusion and fraud
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 15 August 2006
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The Independent published a response from me that includes the words “Selling pills that contain nothing whatsoever but sugar as medicines isn’t just delusional, it’s fraud.”. When foolishness ends and fraud begins is the subject of an excellent book by the physicist Robert Park.

If you believe in evidence you are a fascist
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 11 August 2006
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A paper has appeared, apparently quite serious, that likens anyone who thinks that there should be evidence that a medicine works is a fascist. This paper is truly unbelievable.

MMR: the history
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 4 August 2006
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Brain Deer has produced a very detailed account of the MMR scandal. It shows the corrupting influence of money on research, and the harm done, bath by Dr Wakefield, and by the Royal Free Hospital which sought to profit from him..