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eBay Bans Magic Potions, Curses, Spells

Lyneka Little - ABC News - 20 August 2012 Comments

Looking a for a spell that will make your partner lust for you and only you? Or a black magic revenge incantation to curse your enemy? Or maybe a good old-fashioned $51 demon-obliterating potion...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, PSEUDOSCIENCE

British website ordered to remove MMR-autism claims

Staff - CTV News - 09 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to rod-the-farmer for the link A British website claiming to offer parents advice on vaccines has been ordered to remove wording that suggests the MMR vaccine is linked to some...

TAGGED: HARM, PSEUDOSCIENCE

The water car fraud

Pervez Hoodbhoy - The Express Tribune - 04 August 2012 Comments

Thanks to Pervaiz for the link Agha Waqar Ahmad deserves a medal from the people of Pakistan for his great service to the nation. In a few short days, he has exposed just how far Pakistan...

TAGGED: PSEUDOSCIENCE, REASON

Washington pertussis outbreak is very, very bad

Phil Plait - Bad Astronomy - 02 August 2012 Comments

This is one of the scariest graphs I’ve seen in a long time. This plot, from the CDC, shows probable and confirmed cases of pertussis – whooping cough – in the state of Washington from 2011...

TAGGED: HARM, PSEUDOSCIENCE

German Homeopathy Companies Pay Journalist who Smears UK Academic

Andy Lewis - The Quackometer - 17 July 2012 Comments

Professor Edzard Ernst attacked by paid writers. A consortium of pharmaceutical companies in Germany have been paying a journalist €43,000 to run a set of web sites that denigrates an academic...

TAGGED: DISHONESTY, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Is science another of those fanatical religions?

B.M. Hegde - The Hindu - 06 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to pratap.vishnubhatta for the link “Intellectual integrity made it quite impossible for me to accept the myths and dogmas of even very great scientists, more particularly of the...

TAGGED: PSEUDOSCIENCE, SCIENCE

Dr Oz and the never-ending infomercial

- - White Coat Underground - 05 June 2012 14 Comments

Many pieces about Dr. Mehmet Oz start something like this: “Dr. Mehmet Oz, respected cardiothoracic surgeon…”. I have no idea what kind of surgeon he is, and I’m betting most people who write about...

TAGGED: PSEUDOSCIENCE

Nobel laureate joins anti-vaccination crowd at Autism One

Steven Salzberg - Forbes - 03 June 2012 53 Comments

If you’re reading this from anywhere but Chicago, you just missed the Autism One conference, which ends today. This conference, run by Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue, purports to tell parents...

TAGGED: HARM, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Pseudoscience harming unis - journal

- - news.com.au - 04 March 2012 27 Comments

PSEUDOSCIENTIFIC health courses are undermining the credibility of Australian universities, according to an editorial in a leading medical journal. PHomeopathy, iridology, reflexology,...

TAGGED: PSEUDOSCIENCE

When Pseudoscience Kills

Dr. Steve Novella - James Randi Educational Foundation - 28 January 2012 74 Comments

Here's a safety tip from your friendly skeptical doctor - don't wrap yourself in mud and then stay in a sweat lodge for hours. You may or may not remember from your grade school health class that...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, PSEUDOSCIENCE

College of Medicine is a lobby group promoting unproven treatments

Edzard Ernst - The Guardian - 14 January 2012 5 Comments

A 'college' founded last year appears to be a smokescreen behind which alternative medicines can hide On its website the college singles out institutions offering reflexology (above),...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Scientists buzz Simon Cowell for promoting pseudoscience

Alok Jha - The Guardian - 28 December 2011 27 Comments

Simon Cowell swears by an intravenous cocktail of vitamins C, B12 and magnesium to keep him looking and feeling young. Photograph: Ken Mckay/Rex Features Where there's a celebrity, there's...

TAGGED: PSEUDOSCIENCE, SCIENCE

Giving placebos such as reiki to cancer patients does more harm than good

Edzard Ernst - The Guardian - 16 October 2011 47 Comments

Genuine reiki was found to be no more effective than sham reiki for improving cancer patients' wellbeing. Photograph: Martin Argles/Guardian American nurses recently published an intriguing...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Edzard Ernst: at war with prince

Susanna Rustin - Guardian - 30 July 2011 25 Comments

Professor Edzard Ernst he caused uproar this week when he labelled Prince Charles a 'snake oil salesman' for his dandelion and artichoke detox remedy Edzard Ernst keeps a stack of hate mail as a...

TAGGED: PSEUDOSCIENCE

America’s top scientist again peddles woo in public

Jerry Coyne - Why Evolution Is True - 03 July 2011 137 Comments

Yes, it’s Francis Collins again, director of the National Institutes of Health and an evangelical Christian.  I previously mentioned the Christian Scholar’s Conference at Pepperdine...

TAGGED: COMMENTARY, JERRY COYNE, PSEUDOSCIENCE, RELIGION, SCIENCE

Resist this medical obscurantism

Leading article - The Independent - 03 May 2011 28 Comments

An anti-scientific approach to the treatment of HIV has long been a scourge in Africa. The questioning of the link between AIDS and HIV by the former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, did huge...

TAGGED: MEDICINE, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Derren Brown takes on faith healers in new show

Guardian TV & Radio Blog - Guardian - 24 April 2011 63 Comments

Derren Brown: Miracles for Sale is on Easter Monday at 9pm on Channel 4 "I guess I've gone from being somebody who wanted to go: 'Look I can do magic tricks – aren't I clever?' to having grown...

TAGGED: --, MEDIA, PSEUDOSCIENCE

Launch of The Nightingale Collaboration

n/a - http://www.nightingale-collaboration.org/ - 01 March 2011 11 Comments

We are delighted to use this website to draw your attention to the launch of The Nightingale Collaboration, an important new, long-term UK campaign against pseudoscience and irrationality, which we...

TAGGED: ANNOUNCEMENTS, CAMPAIGNS, MEDICINE, PSEUDOSCIENCE