Homeopathy and the NHS

July 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm (Alternative Medicine, government, Homeopathy) (, , , )

A letter to my MP regarding the government response to the Select Committee’s evidence check on homeopathy. Read the rest of this entry »

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A History of Anti-Vaccine Campaigns

July 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm (Anti-Vaccination) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Where to begin… well, I guess I’ll need to split this post up into sections. I’ll look at specific groups first, then move onto examples of vaccine scares. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Nutritionism Industry

July 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm (Nutritionism, Supplements)

The vitamin pill trade has been described as the very corporate $50bn food supplement industry by Ben Goldacre on the Bad Science blog. Although there is some regulation of the industry, there will likely always be a way to promote unnecessary pills, powders, and liquids by making claims that do not withstand examination. Personally, I think I would favour a bullshit box. Read the rest of this entry »

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Homeopathic St John’s Wort

July 9, 2010 at 9:45 pm (Alternative Medicine, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy) ()

Homeopathy is based on the law of similars – the idea that like cures like. This has been described by some as ‘sympathetic magic’. There is a Wikipedia entry on magical thinking that includes a reference to Sir James Fraser’s division of magical thinking into “contagious” and “homeopathic” magic. Homeopathic remedies also tend to be highly diluted. Read the rest of this entry »

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On Skeptics

July 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm (Miscellaneous)

Jack of Kent has posted some interesting questions on his blog regarding the image of skepticism. I’m posting this partly in response to some of his questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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