Article Archive for February 2007

This Is A Hint That I Have Updated My Blog
By andrew
Posted in on 27 February 2007
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The Metro has a semi-regular feature called “No Shit, Sherlock”, in which they rather snidely poke fun at scientists who have drawn conclusions which, at least when taken out of context, common sense would suggest were obvious. This is, of course, a rather foolish little section, because frequently scientists do research to check something obvious [...]

Boheme, Traviata, and how quacks poison the mind
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 25 February 2007
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Violetta and Mimi died young, of tuberculosis. Between Traviata (1953) and Boheme (1896), Robert Koch (1882) discovered the real cause of tuberculosis. Homeopaths’ pills don’t poison your body (they contain nothing) but their delusional thinking poisons your mind. If we had take their lazy approach to medicine, young people would still be dying.

Patrick Holford. Luton University and AIDS
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 20 February 2007
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Another purveyor of nutribollocks who has been dissected and exposed by Ben Goldacre. His views on AIDS are a menace to humanity. And, incredibly his course has been accredited by the University of Bedfordshire (formerly known as the University of Luton)

Citing Godwin’s Law…
By andrew
Posted in on 17 February 2007
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Everybody in the world is a cretin.
Alright, not perhaps everybody. But 90% of them are. I can prove this simply by citing Sturgeon’s Law, but that would blow off no steam at all, so instead I shall type a long rant about them and then I shall go through it and remove every second instance [...]

Gillian McKeith unfrocked!
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 12 February 2007
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Thanks to some superb work by Ben Goldacre, some hero has referred Dr Gillian McKeith to the advertising standards authority. Now she is just Ms McKeith. Doubtless she will continue to get rich on her own brand of nutribollocks anyway.

A homeopath’s view
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 10 February 2007
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Just had to show the latest bit of abusive email. This homeopath thinks that chemistry and physics need to be overturned. Well apart for email, the web, mobile phones, cars and aircraft. They, it seems, are OK.

Two Science Gripes
By andrew
Posted in on 9 February 2007
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The following things are annoying me this week (aside from the National Express, whose long and pointless correspondance will get a Chatlog entry as soon as it’s complete, assuming it is ever complete):
1. Bad science journalism and the BBC’s Have Your Say section
2. People who sell scientific hardware solutions
First, the bad journalism thing. A rather [...]

Peter Hain sets back medicine in Ireland
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 9 February 2007
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Peter Hain has approved the spending if £200 000 of taxpayers’ money to make unproven 19th century medicine available in Northern Ireland. The “pilot study” is NOT a trial or a study. At the end of it we shall be no wiser about whether it works. The money is being channeled through a private company, GettWellUK, which is supported by the Prince of Wales.

Magnets zapped
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 5 February 2007
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The Office of Fair Trading has told Magnopulse Ltd to stop making false claims for the benefits of magnetic bandages. One hopes that the Prescription Pricing Authority will now admit its mistake and stop paying for them on the NHS.

GSK, Seroxat and Brown U.
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 5 February 2007
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BBC’s Panorama programme broadcast the content of secret emails. They show that GSK was aware of evidence the Seroxat increased risk of suicide in young patients, and suppressed it. They also showed that Prof Martin Keller’s paper on the topic was ghost-written by a PR firm working for GSK.

Snoring “remedy” on radio
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 5 February 2007
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BBC’s You and Yours programme (a lunchtime consumer programme) ran a good piece on “Helps Stop Snoring”, a dubious herbal “remedy” for snoring. They picked up the story from my site.