Herbal diet pills caused severe illness for 18 yr old woman

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Public warned against online drugs after girl has colon removed » Kildare Nationalist. Health professionals are warning about the dangers of buying drugs online, after a teenage girl had to have her colon removed in Beaumont Hospital. The 18-year-old developed a life-threatening condition after just five days of taking diet pills she bought on the…

Psychic wins lottery, without using any powers

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You hear this all the time: If they were really psychic… Psychic quits job.. after winning £2.2m on National Lottery – Daily Record. ONE of the country’s best-known psychics has packed away her crystal ball – after scooping a lotto ­jackpot. Beti Schulz, 71, landed more than £2million when her ­numbers came up on the…

Leftover Links for October 20, 2012

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Still hungry for more news? Here are some leftovers that didn’t make it to the main DN page. Reheat and eat these news tidbits… A nice switch from all those pro-paranormal groups Ghost Skeptics: Science Skeptical of Spirit Sightings Chinese medicine proves disastrous for manta rays  Believer saw “signs”. Some of us are born skeptics. Sceptics…

Homeopaths Without Borders heads to Haiti in November

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Yes, such a thing exists as “Homeopaths Without Borders”. Reports from the Field Homeopaths Without Borders – North America (HWB-NA) incorporated as a nonprofit humanitarian organization in the United States in 1996. We are an organization that offers both homeopathic treatment and education to foster independence in the use of homeopathic medicine. To date, we…

Drake landed HERE at Point Reyes and we’re done with this discussion

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Point Reyes declared Drake landing site – SFGate. The federal government has quietly ended a 433-year-old historical controversy by officially recognizing a cove on the Point Reyes Peninsula as the site where Sir Francis Drake landed in 1579 and claimed California for England. The mystery of where England’s most famous and feared sea captain landed has long intrigued…

Leftover links for October 19, 2012

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Still hungry for more news? Here are some leftovers that didn’t make it to the main DN page. Reheat and eat these news tidbits… German Killed in Dominican Republic Shootout Said Member of “Dangerous” Cult More silly animal “psychics”   Squirrel selects Romney as 2012 election winner Freak out over a coyote. YIKES! We have…

Encouraging news on American views on Global Warming

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Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012 |  Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. A reprot titled “Climate change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Belief and Attitudes in September 2012 [PDF] was released by a Yale cooperative. This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in…

Bunker buster: The Louisiana meteor that wasn’t

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On Monday night, SOMETHING happened to alarm residents of Northwest Louisiana. It took days before it was confirmed what it was. In the meantime, online conspiracies erupted. Something shakes northwest Louisiana Northwest Louisiana authorities are investigating the source of whatever shook people’s residences and businesses about 11:40 p.m. Monday. The Webster sheriff’s office now is…

Academics call out Dr. Oz as misleading

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Long list of academics berate Dr. Oz and urge him to disavow misleading claims. Dr. Oz Presents Highly Innacurate Information. An October 2012 airing of the Dr. Oz television program includes the use of graphic images alleging associations between specific health risks and foods from crops produced using agricultural biotechnology. We the undersigned academics, scientists,…

Leftover links for October 18, 2012

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Still hungry for more news? Check out these leftover links that didn’t make it into DN stories: A huge feature on Dallas pastor Irvin Baxter Apocalypse Now(ish) Quick update on Jim McCormick, maker of the fake bomb detector. Trial date set for March 4th Pliosaurus funkei fossil from Svalbard. A true sea monster. SEA MONSTER…

HELP! I’m confused about multivitamins

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Take a vitamin, don’t take a vitamin. I understand if you are confused. Multivitamin use among middle-aged, older men results in modest reduction in cancer, study finds. In a randomized trial that included nearly 15,000 male physicians, long-term daily multivitamin use resulted in a modest but statistically significant reduction in cancer after more than a…

Electromagnetic sensitivity – Can’t escape it, but here is the science

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This subject is of personal interest to me and has been a hot topic in the news as more and more claims emerge that electromagnetic sensitivity is ruining people’s lives. Like this recent story: Airline pilot has nowhere to escape from wireless radiation – thestar.com. Professional pilot Melissa Chalmers has moved twice in 10 months…

Leftover links for October 17, 2012

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Still hungry for more news? Check out these leftover links that didn’t make it into DN stories: Leo Igwe on Witch Killing and the Rule of Law in Africa. Check out this great piece that disputes the flood myth that appeared in Ancient Aliens debunked. (This was part of the dispute about this documentary, replacing…

9/11 truther movie “September Morn” coming out

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Martin Sheen and Woody Harrelson set for 9/11 ‘truther’ film September Morn | Film | guardian.co.uk Hollywood is to court controversy with a film that will challenge the official version of the events of 9/11, a previously taboo topic for the industry mainstream. Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Ed Asner, who have all supported conspiracy…

Steve Jobs not in Hell but suffering in Limbo

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Psychic: Steve Jobs Not Having A Pleasant Afterlife « CBS Seattle. Vice Magazine recently sat down with Reverend Betsy Cohen, a psychic medium from New York City and asked her about Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple. Cohen told the magazine that Jobs is “not in hell,” though “he’s had to do a lot…

Is there a fine for littering on Mars?

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Here is another take on the story we covered here about curious bits on the surface of Mars. Mystery Particles on Mars Revealed by Curiosity’s Junk. Sifting through soil on Mars, NASA’s rover Curiosity paused to take a picture – and exposed its own bad behaviour. The shot included a bright object lying in the…

Tuna factory worker’s death still mysterious

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A horrible story about an industrial accident Mystery over Bumble Bee tuna worker cooked to death continues Authorities are still trying to solve the mystery of how a Bumble Bee seafood worker was cooked to death in an industrial oven last week. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is investigating the death,…

Volunteer administering polio drops killed in Pakistan

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Gunmen kill polio vaccinator in Pakistan | News.com.au. UNKNOWN gunmen have killed a polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Baluchistan, highlighting resistance to the country’s immunisation campaign, officials say. The shooting happened in the Killi Jeo area of provincial capital Quetta a day after a three-day campaign kicked off across the country, senior…

Leftover links for October 16, 2012

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Leftover Links — when you are still hungry for more fringe news Here are links to stories that didn’t make it to our main DN page. We also tweet these links without commentary on Twitter (@doubtfulnews) but feel free to have at them in the comments. New tactic from the psychic Marks’ family defense ‘Psychics’…

For real? Chowmein consumption causing increase in rapes, say Indian council

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Local council in Northwest India has an interested theory about why rapes are on the rise there. Haryana khap blames consumption of chowmein for rapes A khap panchayat in Haryana’s Jind district has blamed consumption of chowmein behind the growing incidents of rapes in the state saying it leads to hormonal imbalance. “To my understanding,…

Once again, a challenge to U.K. psychics to show their stuff

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Merseyside Skeptics are giving the UK’s top psychics, including Sally Morgan, the opportunity to demonstrate they can talk to the dead Calling all psychics: a chance to prove your powers in a scientific test. Although the chances that mediums really can contact the dead are probably infinitesimally remote, the persistence of belief in psychic powers…

Leftover links for October 15, 2012

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Introducing…. Leftover Links — when you are still hungry for more fringe news Here are links to stories that didn’t make it to our main DN page. We also tweet these links without commentary on Twitter (@doubtfulnews) but feel free to have at them in the comments.

Psychic screw up: Claimed missing student would be found alive

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Psychic Devastates Dead Student’s Family – Yahoo! News. Harsha Maddula, a Northwestern University pre-medical student from Long Island, N.Y., went missing Sept. 22, last seen leaving an off-campus party in Illinois. Police and volunteer searchers were unable to find him, but Maddula’s family said reassuring words from psychics had raised their spirits. Apparently, psychics contacted…