Consumer products

Can you buy naming rights to space? International Astronomical Union says “No” …again

An extended relative had really sweet intentions for us. I hadn't the heart to explain how this works to her.

Doubtful News has previously covered services which claim to provide the ability to name or claim objects in space. This week, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has spoken out against another commercial venture offering naming rights, but the IAU is getting some backlash on this one. Mars Crater-Naming Campaign Sparks an International Blowup (NBC News):…

“Fake bomb detector” device gets patent in Romania

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Someone needs to explain this insanity to me. Is it money? I’m guessing is money and really ignorant buyers. BBC News – Bomb detectors similar to fake devices get patents in Romania, the BBC learns. Bomb detectors similar to fake devices sold by a fraudulent Somerset businessman have been patented by a Romanian company, the…

Herbadeath?

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Things heat up against Herbalife with a call to look into their business practices. Senator Calls for Inquiry Into Herbalife – NYTimes.com. Herbalife, the nutritional supplements company that has long been in the cross hairs of a powerful hedge fund manager, is coming under increased scrutiny in Washington. Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts,…

Society for Science-based Medicine is launched!

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Nearly every day we post stories here at Doubtful News about the horrible, misinformation that abounds on the Internet, TV, radio and print regarding alternative medicine or CAM. Complementary and alternative medical treatments account for plenty of lost money, misplaced hope, empty promises, and sometimes even death. There was no organization that addressed these issues…

FDA finds steroids in muscle growth product; resulted in case of liver failure

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The US Food and Drug Administration warns consumers not to use muscle growth product marketed as a dietary supplement because it’s been found to contain synthetic steroids. Add it to the list of potentially harmful dietary supplements. Press Announcements > FDA warns consumers not to use muscle growth product. The FDA was alerted by the…

Warning about thyroid supplements

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Thyroid troubles that are common among women may result in purchasing unsafe over the counter herbs that contain more than you bargained for – cow hormones. OTC Thyroid ‘Boosters’ May Harm. Patients who take over-the-counter supplements that promise to enhance thyroid function may get more than they bargained for, endocrinologists warn. The supplements could contain…

“Nose on a chip” handheld device claims to be able to monitor your food

Tellspec prototype. (It's chocolate, probably has nuts, lots of sugar and fat, BEWARE.)

Big promises with regards to identifying pesticides, allergens and nutrients in food. Is this real or fantasy? Time to be skeptical… Handheld Device TellSpec Can Detect Allergens, Chemicals, and Nutrients In Food | Singularity Hub. For this particular ill of the post-War era, there’s now a 21st-century workaround: a hand-held spectrometer that can determine exactly…

Consumer advocacy group criticizes Canada’s Food and Drugs Act

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An amendment to the Food and Drugs Act in Canada still exempts “natural health products”. Bad Science Watch Criticises Patient Safety Act for Neglecting Natural Health Product Users. Bad Science Watch has criticized the newly tabled Patient Safety Act, known as “Vanessa’s Law”, for explicitly excluding Natural Health Products from the regulations to appease lobbyists.…

Seralini’s paper about rats with tumors from GM food is RETRACTED

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An extremely controversial paper that made waves in the media over a year ago has FINALLY been retracted because it’s a piece of crap. We covered the story in three pieces from September to November of 2012. The paper was universally panned as terrible science that did not support the conclusions which were obviously biased…

Acacia rigidula, an amphetamine-like drug, is found in supplements

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Surprise, surprise. Less than well-regulated dietary supplements have potentially harmful substances. The FDA has known this since at least July 15, and have not done anything. Nine diet supplements contain amphetamine-like compound. For the second time in recent weeks, scientists have found a “non-natural” amphetamine-like compound in dietary supplements – yet federal regulators have issued no…

Jury took only 45 minutes to find Trudeau guilty

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Update to the Kevin Trudeau jail watch: In Jail TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau found guilty of contempt, ordered held – chicagotribune.com. On Tuesday, a federal jury wasn’t buying what Trudeau was selling. The panel of six men and six women deliberated just 45 minutes before finding the controversial author guilty of criminal contempt of court…

Too bad people aren’t allergic to getting medical advice from the Internet

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Allergy specialists are annoyed with the internet misinformation about gluten, hypoallergenic dogs, mold and food allergies. They want you to go to an EXPERT with regards to allergies, not look for answers from unreliable, fear mongering sources. Allergy myths busted: Guess what you didn’t know about gluten? – TODAY.com. Two truths about allergies that may…

Norwegian store packaged meat as severed human limbs for Halloween prank

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Ewww. Yuck, but funny. Halloween Pranks 2013: Norway Store Issues Apology After Stuffing Meat Freezers With Fake Bloody, Severed Limbs [PHOTOS] A store in Norway has issued an apology after receiving several complaints from customers who were offended by their method of getting into the Halloween spirit. Europris, a Norwegian discount store, stuffed their meat…