Health Select Committee – Dorries And Tredinnick

June 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm (Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine, Evidence, government, Homeopathy, Politics) (, )

I was surprised to see that Nadine Dorries and David Tredinnick were members of the newly-formed Select Committee on Health. So surprised, I half-wondered at first if the announcement was some kind of spoof. Sadly, it appears that Dorries and Tredinnick really are on the Health Select Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anti-Vaccine Fail

June 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , )

The website Child Health Safety (something of a misnomer, given their strong antipathy to vaccination) carries a graph of measles deaths that suggests that measles is no longer a danger. The author of the graph seems unwilling to update it to reflect the deaths from measles that have occurred since 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Trouble With Spiked

June 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm (Miscellaneous) ()

I’m interested in the substance of what is written by Spiked, how they present their arguments, and how they engage with the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vitamin B For Depression

June 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm (Nutritionism, Patrick Holford, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

vitamin B for depressionYou can find lots of websites recommending B vitamins for depression, some offering high strength vitamin B supplements for lifting “mood naturally” – like this website, which sells vitamin B6 along with a claim that it can help to relieve premenstrual symptoms and depression. Read the rest of this entry »

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Andrew Wakefield and the GMC: A Badly Argued Defence

June 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , )

James Le Fanu has an article in the Daily Telegraph today regarding the GMC case against Andrew Wakefield, John Walker-Smith, and Simon Murch. It is very badly argued. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vaccination, Coincidence, and SIDS

June 4, 2010 at 5:56 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , )

A hypothetical situation: A child dies suddenly. There is no obvious cause of death. They had, though, been vaccinated that very day. What conclusion do people reach for? Read the rest of this entry »

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