Pseudoscience

Science-based medicine writer sued by threatened doctor (UPDATE: Skeptic win)

UPDATE: Science-based medicine site reports that this lawsuit is over. On September 30, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted Dr. Novella’s motion for summary judgment, ending the lawsuit against him by Dr. Edward Tobinick and two of his companies. Earlier in the case, all of the other defendants had filed…

Rumors are that it will be a disastrous week

A Blood Moon prophetic disaster? The restart of the LHC makes big bang of doom? Mercury in retrograde? Heaven forfend! There are all these weird noises too! What does it all mean? The Apocalypse? Well if you buy into tabloids, and religious and conspiracy sites hype (specifically from the WND site), it sounds like the…

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

NFL player makes claim regarding the healing properties of fancy, “sciencey” nano-bubble water. Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game  At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

Bad science Writing Example A: Linking plesiosaurs to the Loch Ness Monster

An obviously inexperienced science journalist latches on to the mistaken and downright nonsensical idea that plesiosaurs = Loch Ness Monster. Then, media outlets propagate the silliness. The fossil remains of a giant marine reptile have just been discovered by a team of researchers from the University Of Alaska Museum Of The North. The remains were…

New study from tainted author with conflicting interests on GMOs

Back in September of 2012, French scientists led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said that they did a study that showed rats fed on a diet containing a Roundup-resistant maize variety or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. The study…

Wi-fi marketing claim in China aimed at people who fear radiation

An obvious case of devious advertising can misinform consumers in a big way. Two Chinese tech firms have clashed over a new wireless router with a special setting for pregnant women. Source: ‘Pregnancy wi-fi’ router causes controversy in China Qihoo 360 unveiled the device, an upgrade to an existing product, which has three settings it…

Norwegian doctor loses her medical license, starts alt med practice

When you can’t be a legitimate medical doctor, you can always turn alternative… Dr. Anette Horstmann lost her medical license earlier this year after 23 different malpractice cases from colleagues and pharmacists (not patients) over a two year period. Most of the cases are about her lax prescription methods, where pharmacists and other doctors claim…

Not-a-doctor Clement in Ireland pushing treatment that cures “every known disease”

You can probably imagine that someone who would make such a claim would be a target for skeptical activism. You’d be right. Recall back in January, the story of two Canadian girls with leukemia that were treated not with chemotherapy, which has an extremely high cure rate, but at a Florida clinic that serves up unproven alternatives…

Soft tissue preservation in dinos is fodder for Creationists

As usual, Bible literalists think a few anomalies can overturn our entire established knowledge about the earth. Ain’t gonna happen, guys. Researchers have discovered what appear to be the remnants of red blood cells and connective tissue in 75 million-year-old dinosaur fossils. Source: ‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils – BBC News The work could shine…

Homeopathy STILL doesn’t work – The Sequel. Sense a pattern?

Royal Australian College of GPs also says pharmacists must stop stocking such products because there is no evidence they are effective in any way Source: Australian doctors told not to prescribe homeopathic items as ‘they do nothing’. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has formally recommended GPs stop prescribing homeopathic remedies and says…

Some guy named Frank says “Earthquake”. People panic. Don’t.

When even the “Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database” says an earthquake prediction is nonsense, then you KNOW you should not panic. Planetary Alignment To Cause 9.8 Earthquake Prediction for California On May 28th, 2015? : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database By now, many of you have heard about the 9.8 Magnitude earthquake prediction for May…

What happened to the dinosaurs? They are used to indoctrinate children

DN Reader David O’Hare passed along a tip to me yesterday to try googling: “What happened to the dinosaurs”. Here is the surprising and highly misguided result: The top result is from Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham‘s fundamentalist, anti-science, Christian group who believes that dinosaurs existed with humans and they are really a means to fool…

A baaaaad news piece from Baaaaath

Local UK paper gives a crank and his preposterous idea exposure. The Bath Chronicle should sheepishly explain why this qualifies as news. Solar eclipse killed my sheep, says Gloucestershire farmer A farmer from Gloucestershire reckons two of his sheep were killed by the solar eclipse. Rob Taylor found two of his flock of around 250 ewes dead…

FTC cites melanoma apps and mosquito repellent wristbands as deceptive

The US Federal Trade Commission has lowered the boom on two deceptive consumer products. First, unsupported claims that a phone app could detect skin cancer. FTC Cracks Down on Marketers of “Melanoma Detection” Apps. The Federal Trade Commission has challenged marketers for deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its…

Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…