Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku faces backlash from exposing a ‘miracle’

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New Scientist/Slate interviews skeptic under fire for exposing a “miracle”: A statue of Jesus oozing holy water? An Indian skeptic debunks miracle – Slate Magazine. Sanal Edamaruku faces a Catholic backlash after insisting that the “holy” water dripping from a statue of Christ in Mumbai, India, came from a leaky drain. Edamaruku is the founder and president…

Patients do suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, but what is the root cause?

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Rare Disorder Drives Woman to Document Industrial Canaries | Raw File | Wired.com. Back in 2003, photographer Thilde Jensen started getting sick. She had problems with her sinuses, flu-like symptoms, a weird tingling in parts of her body and at times felt drunk and foggy. “I felt like my blood was running backwards,” she said.…

Pfizer called out on vitamin “health” claims

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Pfizer yanks breast, colon claims for Centrum vitamins | Reuters. Pfizer Inc, bowing to allegations of deceptive advertising lodged by a consumer watchdog group, has agreed to drop “breast health” and “colon health” claims from the labels of its widely used Centrum multivitamin supplements. Although Pfizer said it disagreed with complaints lodged by the nonprofit…

Vitamin therapy substituted for anti-psychotic meds. Result? Tragedy.

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Mentally ill killer tried vitamin therapy, court told. A B.C. Supreme Court judge will decide if a schizophrenic man who killed his father and injured his mother while taking multivitamins instead of his anti-psychotic medication is criminally responsible for the attack. Jordan Ramsay, 27, is charged with the second-degree murder of his father, Donald Ramsay,…

Psychologists look to the Ouija board to study the subconscious

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Ouija boards have long been used by psychics and paranormalists to prove the existence of a spirit world by claiming it’s spirits who move the pieces around on the board. A statement believers agree with. Short Sharp Science: Ouija board helps psychologists probe the subconscious. That’s why the Ouija board has attracted the attention of…

From all appearances, the Virgin Mary does not understand economics

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Visionary from Medjugorje says Virgin Mary is aware of economic crisis Marija Lunetti, one of six young peasants who claimed that the Virgin Mary began appearing to them in 1981 in Medjugorje, Yugoslavia, says the mother of Jesus is aware of the economic crisis in Europe. “She’s more preoccupied with spiritual (matters),” Lunetti said. “When…

Mother does not know best – Chooses herbal remedy, child permanently harmed

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Woman charged for not giving her son prescribed medication for disease | khou.com Houston. A mother has been charged with a felony for allegedly withholding prescribed medication from her son and giving him alternative medication instead. The mother told police that she disagreed with the doctors and researched alternative mediations that she believed comparable to…

Licking English cathedrals… on a dare.

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Gotta just file this under weird… Man has 42 English cathedrals licked. Worcester was “exceedingly gritty and salty” and Durham was “disappointingly bland”, but none came close to the horror of the “foul, sickly sweet” Wakefield. When Lawrence Edmonds agreed to a bet to lick every Anglican cathedral in the UK, he had little idea…

Police attempt to arrest Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku

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A followup to this story: Indian skeptic charged with blasphemy for revealing a miracle hoax This happened earlier today. Police in Sanal’s house to arrest him. 4 July 2012.This morning, officers of the Delhi Police reached Sanal Edamaruku’s house to arrest him. They came upon directions of a Delhi court to execute an arrest warrant…

Scientology’s Interrogation of Children: Playing a role in the Cruise divorce?

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The headlines are about a HUGE celebrity divorce but the underlying issues may be about belief and church that is based in pseudoscience. What Katie Holmes is Saving Suri From: Scientology’s Interrogation of Children – New York News – Runnin’ Scared. There was consensus among the tabloids that this split is over Katie’s concerns about…

Polonium poisoning? Palestinian ex-leader Arafat cause of death being investigated.

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Arafat’s widow calls to exhume his body – What Killed Arafat?. Eight years after his death, it remains a mystery exactly what killed the longtime Palestinian leader. Tests conducted in Paris found no obvious traces of poison in Arafat’s system. Rumors abound about what might have killed him – cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, even…

Don’t drink bleach sold as supplement. Obviously.

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This warning is too little, too late. This stuff is toxic and horrible. Food Standards Agency – Agency warning on chlorine solutions. The Food Standards Agency is renewing its warning that Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) should not be consumed. A similar product, Chlorine Dioxide Solution (CDS), should also be avoided. Miracle Mineral Solution, also known…

Red rain in India – rare but not harmful

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Morning shower paints rural Kannur red Though not for first time in the state, red rain in parts of Kannur on Thursday did create some panic and curiosity among the residents in the district. The strange phenomenon happened around 6:50am and lasted for 15 minutes. People in the 1km area in and around Edachery in…

Government public service: assure people mythical things are not real

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First alien spaceships, then 2012 doomsday, zombies, now mermaids. Does the government need to explain the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa myths too? No evidence of mermaids, says US government. The National Ocean Service made the unusual declaration in response to public inquiries following a TV show on the mythical creatures. It is thought…

Unexplained noises in New Zealand last week. Earthquake today.

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Mystery bangs south of Christchurch were followed by major quake on New Zealand’s North Island. ‘Big bangs’ source still mystery Mysterious loud bangs in the Temuka area are not believed to be earthquakes, a GNS spokesperson says. Paleoecologist doctor Ursula Cochran, of GNS Science, said the ”events” reported to The Timaru Herald over the last…

Video camera captures mystery person in garden – Didn’t assume “Ghost”!

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Pensioner ‘gobsmacked’ after wildlife footage captures elderly sleepwalker | Metro.co.uk. A wildlife lover was shocked when a video camera he set up to film animals at night took ghost-like images of an elderly woman. Dick Williams was ‘gobsmacked’ when he saw the film of a female in slippers and a dressing gown on a path…

Extremists going to extremes destory historical sites in Mali

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Rampant destruction of historical sites in Mali, Timbuktu sparks outrage by the UNESCO and religious scholars. Mali Islamists destroy Timbuktu shrines Islamist militants, swinging pick-axes and shouting God’s praise, destroyed ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Mali’s fabled city of Timbuktu on Saturday, sparking international condemnation. The rampage of destruction in the UNESCO designated world-heritage…

Author caught fabricating HUGE number of scientific papers

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A rare but shocking tale of retractions A New Record for Retractions? An investigating committee in Japan has concluded that a Japanese anesthesiologist, Yoshitaka Fujii, fabricated a whopping 172 papers over the past 19 years. Among other problems, the panel, set up by the Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists, could find no records of patients and…

Rob… the anti-vaxxanator, making nonsense comments

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Rob Schneider Links Autism To Vaccines, Rails Against Big Government (VIDEO). The star of “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” has finally weighed in on the government’s role in vaccinating children. And he’s not happy. In an interview with a California news station, comic actor Rob Schneider, whose sitcom “¡Rob!” was recently canceled by CBS, inveighed against…