Antiscience

Half-baked ideas about diet, autism and fluoride in Australia

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If you don’t know who “celebrity chef” Pete Evans is, you’re probably not Australian – or you missed several years of TV shows involving food judging, food eating, more food judging and eventually judging of what the audience considers nutrition by one of the judges. To be honest, you didn’t miss much; these shows all…

Vaccine sabotage suspected in childrens’ deaths in Syria (UPDATE: Not Sabotage)

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A devastating setback to the fight against the measles epidemic in Syria. At least 34 Syrian children die from contaminated measles vaccine |  The Guardian. At least 34 children have died in rebel-held Syria after being injected with contaminated measles vaccines, the rebel government said on Tuesday, warning that the deaths might be caused by…

Science-based medicine writer sued by threatened doctor

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It is not rare for purveyors of woo to resort to legal threats against skeptical advocates. They don’t have the facts in their favor so they use baseless threats. Well, not so baseless. Several cases have resulted in financial worries for those who are attempting to inform the public about dubious products, people or nonsense.…

Discovery Channel: Jumped the shark long ago, now just despicable (Update: More despicableness)

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Once again, Discovery Channel shows they are not science-based and will even pull unethical stunts to get ratings. Epic. Fail. We posted the link in the leftovers of 16-July to the story in Canada’s National Post about a video that purportedly showed a bull shark spotted in Lake Ontario. The best answer at the time…

U.K. woo-woo mag slams skeptics causing them trouble. Hilarity ensues.

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The notoriously bad rag What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You has gone bonkers on their Facebook page. Nothing unusual there. Guy Chapman gives us an update of the nonsense going on as they decry skeptical activists who are making a difference (and causing WDDTY heartburn). WDDTY goes “the full Errol” @ Guy Chapman’s Blahg. The fake health…

The Saatchi bill, or “Quack’s charter”, puts “innovation” over patient safety

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In an update to this piece: A quacktastic piece of legislation in England and Wales (UPDATE: Revision), the debate about the Saatchi bill heated up last Friday in the U.K. The legislation to allow a “get out of jail free” pass to cancer quacks gained support from some reputable doctors. Others vehemently oppose this as misconceived…

Burzynski to continue trials as FDA says ‘OK’

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Disappointing, short-sighted, rather stupid, and not consumer friendly. That’s how I would characterize this latest news that discredited, controversial, and quackerific Dr. Stan Burzynski is allowed to pursue trials. The only positive in this is HE WILL ACTUALLY DO TRIALS which is better than he’s done before. We’ll see. FDA gives controversial doc green light…

Brainwashed mom kidnaps child to avoid vaccination

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A child remains missing presumably with her anti-vaccination mother who decided to break the law and risk permanent loss of custody instead of getting her vaccinated. Anti-vaccination kidnapping: Police looking for Megan Everett and daughter – Sun Sentinel. A Sunrise woman who disappeared with her 2-year-old daughter last month to avoid having the child vaccinated…

Cheeky Chopra’s fatuous challenge

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Deepak Chopra, the egotistical “guru” with a bee in his bonnet about “debunkers”, issues a ridiculous, nonsensical “challenge” to Randi and the skeptics. I challenge the non “amazing” Randi & his professional debunkers & skeptics to explain normal experience & offer them a $1 million prize. It is not the skeptic’s job to prove anything or…

Another anti-evolution museum opens tomorrow in the U.S.

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Really? Because one Creation-based museum losing money is not enough? There must be two insults to science and financial boondoggles? I guess so. Reason does not prevail. The Northwest “Science” museum opens tomorrow in Idaho. Creation Museum | Northwest Science Museum. Their vision is to present a “Natural History” museum from a Biblical point of view. Therefore,…

Dennis Markuze, notorious harasser ‘Mabus’, admits threats in court

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Many new readers will not know the story of Dennis Markuze. But skeptics and atheists who have been around for a few years will have experienced the messages, spam, tweets and general harassment by this disturbed individual better known as “David Mabus” and notorious for his Depeche Mode references and incoherent YouTube vids. He was…

Cosmos series irritates those who hold anti-science ideas

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The new Cosmos reboot is generating some waves for sure. Creationists have a beef with the exclusion (even derision) of the God concept while teachers are excited to have interesting science content for their classes. Now, climate change deniers might get a little broiled over the latest episode to air. New Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys…

PETA – Pseudoscience and emotional thoughtlessness for animals

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have never been known for their rational discourse about animal rights. Instead, they use propaganda including pseudoscience to bolster their agenda. They are back with a false connection between dairy and autism. PETA Embraces Autism Pseudoscience « Science-Based Medicine. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has…

Scientology-affliated Narconon still allowed in California schools

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The San Francisco Chronicle has an expose piece on Scientology-based Narconon program slithering back into California schools. Narconon: Misleading antidrug program back in public schools – SFGate. Despite the state’s warning in 2005, dozens of California public schools have welcomed Narconon into their classrooms. “Students now have a broad understanding of drug addiction, its consequences,…

Naturopaths gaining coverage under Medicaid

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Correction: Medicaid, not Medicare. Does allowing coverage for naturopaths help ease the shortage of primary care doctors for low-income citizens? Or is licensing alternative practitioners an all around bad idea? State’s Medicaid program now covers naturopaths | The Seattle Times. Washington state officials approved naturopaths under Medicaid along with Oregon and Vermont. As states that expanded…

Now I’m getting suspicious… Another case of COSMOS interruptus

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There was this story about a glitch in the Cosmos broadcast earlier this week. I figured, hey, mistakes happen. Never assume malice when incompetence is more likely. Well… do they happen with other programs? (Yes) The news media and forums are pointing out the Cosmos effect seems to be disproportionate and occurs in distinct cultural…

For all the cows: The complicated tale of Cliven Bundy

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This story of Cliven Bundy and his neighbors against the U.S. Government officials is a hard one to follow. Read through this piece that presents the situation chronologically. Everything you need to know about the long fight between Cliven Bundy and the federal government. In the comments, note that one person mentions that the anti-government…

Star Trek captain narrates anti-scientific film (Update: Sounds fishy)

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Why? We don’t know. Geocentrism is just WEIRD. ‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth. A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. “Everything we think we know about our universe is…

No wiki woo woo

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We sent the link to this story out yesterday in leftovers but Guy Chapman has written it up for us in a post worth reading. Thanks, Guy.  If there’s one thing proponents of SCAM (Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine) cannot stand, it’s objective unbiased information. Wikipedia’s policies have long mandated against giving undue weight to…

When your name turns up as author of an anti-evolution paper: RETRACTION!

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Never underestimate the audacity of anti-evolutionists. Entomologist surprised to find name on now-retracted paper alleging fossils oppose Darwin’s theory of evolution | Retraction Watch. The Journal of Biology and Life Science, published by the Macrothink Institute, has retracted a paper that claimed “fossil does not provides [sic] the convincing and direct evidences for evolution,” for…