Andrew Wakefield: Misleading and Irresponsible

January 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The GMC have today found that the man who began what became known to some as the media’s MMR hoax was “misleading and irresponsible in the way he described research later published in The Lancet.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Homeopathic Confusion

January 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm (Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Media) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

There are likely to be many reasons why consumers choose to buy homeopathic remedies. The marketing of homeopathy as “natural and gentle” probably helps. I suspect that ignorance and confusion also play a part. Read the rest of this entry »

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Freedom Of Speech, Not Freedom From Criticism

January 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm (Miscellaneous) (, , , )

Here, there is a list of Internet Argument Techniques. Number Eight is referred to as the “First Amendment Reinterpretation.” It seemed to me to be relevant to this article by Catherine Bennett: Say what you like, as long as it meets with the mob’s approval. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unsung Heroes

January 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm (Good Science) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

In science and pseudoscience, some figures are much better known than others – but fame is not necessarily closely related to merit. I think the balance needs to be redressed somewhat. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 10:23 Campaign and Boots

January 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm (Homeopathy) (, , , , )

The 10:23 campaign, organised by the Merseyside Skeptics Society, “aims to raise awareness about the reality of homeopathy.” The campaigners have penned an open letter to Alliance Boots in which they point out that “in evidence given recently to the Commons Science and Technology Committee, [Boots] admitted that [they] do not believe homeopathy to be efficacious.” This prompted some thoughts around informed consent and medical treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vaccines: Shiv Chopra And Joseph Mercola

January 11, 2010 at 2:40 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Dr Joseph Mercola) (, , , , , , , , )

Swine flu exists. Flu vaccines are protective against influenza. The benefits of vaccination against seasonal flu and swine flu probably outweigh the risks of vaccination. Every year many people suffer and die from seasonal influenza, particularly the elderly, children younger than age 2 and people with other medical conditions or weakened immune systems. These are just some of the things you might like to bear in mind as you read the following. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Truth About Vaccines: Alternative Schedule

January 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Richard Halvorsen) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Having blogged about the introduction to Richard Halvorsen‘s book The Truth About Vaccines, and the early chapters on Vaccines and Autism and Mercury in Vaccines, I will now jump to the end of the book for my next post on Halvorsen. Read the rest of this entry »

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