Article Archive for June 2008

Patrick Holford Trails His July Wisdom on Cochrane, Vaccinations and Other Topics
By dvnutrix
Posted in , syndicated on 29 June 2008
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Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford but still Head of Science and Education at Biocare is keen on promoting the value of his 100%health subscription service. He spoke about his service in glowing terms at the recent Allergy and Gluten Free Show 2008[1] and recently sent around an email that trails a lot of interesting topics [...]

Dispatches from the Sceptic Fields
By Le Canard Noir
Posted in syndicated on 28 June 2008
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Roger Coghill fails the Aids test
By Ben Goldacre
Posted in syndicated on 28 June 2008
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Ben Goldacre
The Guardian,
Saturday June 28, 2008
It’s the big stories I enjoy the most. “Suicides linked to phone masts” roared the Sunday Express front-page headline this week. “The spate of deaths among young people in Britain’s suicide capital could be linked to radio waves from dozens of mobile phone transmitter masts near the victims’ homes.”

Mental Hygiene
By jdc325
Posted in syndicated on 27 June 2008
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A story caught my eye earlier today - it was entitled “Boost Mental Health - Do Housework” and was based on a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. This is the news story and here is the abstract of the study, titled “Dose response relationship between physical activity and mental health: The Scottish [...]

More on ‘medical care practitioners’
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 27 June 2008
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‘Dr’ Holford on the immune system in the Galway Advertiser
By jonhw
Posted in , syndicated on 27 June 2008
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Here at HolfordWatch, we were interested to see the Galway Advertiser referring the ‘Dr Patrick Holford’: Holford is not a doctor.  The paper has been contacted about this - and we are sure that Holford himself will be keen to see this error corrected. However, there are also a number of other significant problems [...]

HPV redux
By coracle
Posted in , syndicated on 26 June 2008
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Sorry I can’t make Glasters
By Ben Goldacre
Posted in syndicated on 26 June 2008
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Just a very brief note to say I’m sorry I have to work this weekend, so I can’t make my talk in the Green tent at Glastonbury with my old friend Shane Collins from the Green Party.

Amphibious Robot Snake (video)
By Frank the SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 26 June 2008
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Amphibious robot snake.  Info here.  That is all.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct5xe2Vnp6c

Official: urine is worth more than champagne
By Frank the SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 26 June 2008
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Have you ever heard the phrase (usually directed at some very recently-single lady) “he’s not worth your tears”?  Well, how much are tears worth, really?  How much are any of your bodily fluids worth?  Thankfully the good people at Innovative Research have just the answer!  See below for my handy graph showing the value of [...]

Autism Hub and Neurodiversity
By Mike
Posted in , syndicated on 25 June 2008
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Many thanks to Steve and Bev for an excellent performance on behalf of the Autism Hub when they appeared on These Days, a talk show with an audience of tens of thousands in the San Diego area. You can download the interview here. They were being interviewed because both are speaking at the University of San Diego’s Summer Autism [...]

Blogging is a transferable skill…
By Paul Wilson
Posted in syndicated on 25 June 2008
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Physician assistants
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 25 June 2008
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Visiting Professor Patrick Holford, Not Even for a Thousand Days
By dvnutrix
Posted in syndicated on 25 June 2008
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Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford was in post for less than a year. I shall lose no time in assuming that he is sorely missed by his colleagues.

More intention experiment: the ghost of Benveniste
By Paul Wilson
Posted in syndicated on 25 June 2008
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This Post is Dedicated to…
By jdc325
Posted in , syndicated on 25 June 2008
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Everyone who has been slated by John Scudamore on Whale.to. The pharma gang and shill pages are my favourites. Frankly, I’m a bit gutted that I don’t get a mention - I’ll have to be more vocal in my criticism of JABS and Whale in future. Richard Doll is a shill (as are Ernst and Goldacre) so I [...]

Briffa demented loon: Official
By pj
Posted in syndicated on 25 June 2008
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Wakefield - Scapegoated by The Media?
By jdc325
Posted in , syndicated on 24 June 2008
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The Independent this week reported on the MMR-autism scare (or, as I like to call it, The Media’s MMR Hoax) and named only one person who was to blame. Andy Wakefield. Now don’t get me wrong - I am certainly not about to defend Wakefield, or the Lancet paper, or the fact that Wakefield had been told his [...]

All time classic creationist pwnage
By Ben Goldacre
Posted in syndicated on 24 June 2008
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Richard Lenski is a biologist who recently found evidence for the emergence of new traits among E.coli bacteria, in a fascinating experiment which he has described in a paper in PNAS (best lay coverage here). His results look a bit like evolution. You will note that his paper includes the original data.
Andrew Schlafly is [...]

Here’s a good game……
By majikthyse
Posted in , syndicated on 24 June 2008
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The game is to see how long it takes to get banned from an alternative medicine or other irrational site. I tried it with www.mercola.com. I have been monitoring the site for some time, and the other week decided to see how tolerant Joe Mercola would be to someone telling the truth. So I created [...]

Terrible deeds in Zimbabwe
By Mike
Posted in , syndicated on 23 June 2008
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Whether you are a parent seeking a cure or an advocate for neurodiversity who worries about calls to eradicate autism it is easy to get locked into a mind set in which nothing else seems to matter. What could be more important than your child’s health or your right to exist? These are important. But there [...]

Suicides and Mobile Phone Masts
By jaycueaitch
Posted in , syndicated on 23 June 2008
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The Sunday Express appears to have decided that mobile phone masts are responsible for the Bridgend suicides.
The story is by Lucy Johnston but the information within it has clearly come from Roger Coghill, who is quoted extensively. It is claimed that he sits on a Government advisory committee on mobile radiation. This is not true. [...]

UK science blogging conference
By coracle
Posted in syndicated on 23 June 2008
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Nikon’s Powers of Ten
By Frank the SciencePunk
Posted in syndicated on 23 June 2008
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Many years ago, a delightful video entitled Powers of Ten was created, enthralling all who viewed it as they were taken to the outer reaches of space and then down to the inner workings of a cell.  Enjoying a massive surge of interest after it was posted on YouTube, Eames Office LLC got all whiny [...]

Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, Tits, Fart, Turd and Twat - we’ll miss you George
By Lave
Posted in syndicated on 23 June 2008
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George Carlin is dead. Fuck.Todays a day for swearing people. George Carlin was a hero for skeptics and realists and you owe him a lot - whether you realise it or not.To put that aged clipped in context watch this episode of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit on…

On HPV, Jabs and carcinogenesis
By coracle
Posted in , syndicated on 22 June 2008
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Patrick Holford Refers to Himself As An Expert (No-One Else Was Volunteering)
By dvnutrix
Posted in , syndicated on 22 June 2008
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Former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford and Head of Science and Education at Biocare has been interviewed in South Africa as part of his promotional work for Optimum Nutrition Made Easy. Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4. Regular readers are accustomed to Holford’s alternate reality (and part 2) so will not be surprised that he refers [...]

Another Measles Death
By Mike
Posted in , , syndicated on 22 June 2008
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People sometimes ask why this blog is all about vaccines when it is supposed to be about autism. Of course it is not all about vaccines. But it must seem like that because a lot of the time I am responding to the argument that vaccines are a cause of autism. Why do I bother when there is [...]

Homeopathy Awareness Week II
By andrew
Posted in , syndicated on 21 June 2008
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A few days ago I corrected a Telegraph article about homeopathy, as part of Homeopathy Awareness Week. (That is of course not the official ‘week’ website but it is better.) Today, as the week ends (after eight days for some reason), I will apply much the same corrections to another homeopathy article, this time courtesy [...]