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What if Alternative Health Fixes Are Making You Unhealthy? Interview with Dr. Garth Maker

What if Alternative Health Fixes Are Making You Unhealthy? Interview with Dr. Garth Maker

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
December 22, 2015

The medical community is not aware of the scope of use of these particular compounds, and then at the same time when things go wrong people often don’t go to their GP or they don’t fully disclose what has potentially caused the adverse reaction, so we also have considerable under reporting of these adverse reactions.

Zombie Criticisms of Conventional Medicine

Zombie Criticisms of Conventional Medicine

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
December 18, 2015

Critics of modern medicine would do well to follow my “SkepDoc’s Rule:” Before you accept a claim, try to understand who disagrees with it and why.

Guns: Feeling Safe Does Not Equal Being Safe

Guns: Feeling Safe Does Not Equal Being Safe

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
December 16, 2015

Sadly, buying a gun does not make you safer. To the contrary, the evidence suggests that bringing a gun into your home increases the chances you will be killed.

No Jab, No Pay–Now the Australian Way: Interview with Julie Leask

No Jab, No Pay–Now the Australian Way: Interview with Julie Leask

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
December 8, 2015

The Australian federal government’s no-jab-no-pay laws will remove childcare benefits, rebates, and the end-of-year Family Tax Benefit A supplement from parents who don’t immunize their children.

Psychology’s CAM Controversy

Psychology’s CAM Controversy

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
November 23, 2015

Poor psychology. Times have been tough lately for both psychological science and for the profession of clinical psychology.

“Biomagnetism Therapy”: Pseudoscientific Twaddle

“Biomagnetism Therapy”: Pseudoscientific Twaddle

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
November 20, 2015

In a television interview, a practitioner of biomagnetic therapy claimed she had cured her own breast lump and the metastatic cancer of another person. I wonder how many viewers believed her.

What’s Wrong with Dr. Phil

What’s Wrong with Dr. Phil

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
November 18, 2015

I went to visit Dr. Phil myself last week. The show is taped just a mile from my home in Los Angeles. Obtaining tickets was one website visit and a phone call away. In no time, I had two tickets to be in the audience the very next week.

Science Surveyor and the Quest for Consensus

Science Surveyor and the Quest for Consensus

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
November 17, 2015

Why do journalists insist on trumpeting the findings of the latest, anomalous study-ignoring the weight of all the evidence that came before?

Does your cat want to kill you?

Does your cat want to kill you?

by Rebecca Watson
Skepchick
November 11, 2015

Some of my friends, including the very editor of this article, felt vindicated recently when mainstream news outlets reported "Your cat might actually want to kill you." It brings me no joy to report that they are wrong. Okay: a little joy.

Continuing Education in the Toxin Haunted World of the Cancer Control Society

Continuing Education in the Toxin Haunted World of the Cancer Control Society

by William M. London
Renegades & Rascals
November 9, 2015

The Cancer Control Society (CCS) describes itself on its website as “a non-profit organization, dependent upon donations for its mission: to prevent and control cancer and other diseases through Nutrition [sic] and Non-Toxic [sic] Therapies [sic].”

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