Homeopathic Anecdote On The One Show

March 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm (Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Media) (, , , )

I enjoyed parts of this evening’s One Show on BBC One. I enjoyed the explanation of the magical thinking (like cures like) and diluting ‘active’ ingredients out of existence that form the basis for homeopathy. I especially enjoyed the Doctor pointing out – in response to Monty Don’s argument that ‘it doesn’t matter how homeopathy might work’ – that homeopathy simply doesn’t work. There was one thing that really bugged me though – an anecdote offered by one of the presenters, Alex Jones. Read the rest of this entry »

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The News You Didn’t Read: Flu Vaccines And Guillain–Barré syndrome

March 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , )

Ben Goldacre recently asked why nobody wrote about this paper on flu vaccines and Guillain–Barré syndrome. I’ll come back to that question later, but first a look at the paper. Read the rest of this entry »

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Homeopathy for Radiation Sickness Slammed by Experts

March 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm (Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Media) (, , , )

This is how homeopathy should be reported on by the media. The article opens with criticism of an alternative medicines business for “spruiking homeopathic ‘remedies’ for radiation sickness in an apparent attempt to capitalise on the nuclear disaster in Japan“: Read the rest of this entry »

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Andrew Wakefield’s Legacy

March 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm (Anti-Vaccination, Media) (, , , , , , )

Andrew Wakefield and the British media created a baseless scare around the MMR vaccine. They’ve since moved on. Wakefield’s paper has been retracted by the Lancet (and referred to by the BMJ as “fraudulent“), and he has been struck off by the GMC. Wakefield now appears to be promoting a Facebook page collating anecdotes from parents worried that vaccination may have had adverse effects on their children. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rodial and the ASA

March 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm (Activism, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , )

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You may remember the name Rodial from the legal action they took against Dr Dalia Nield for comments made regarding their boob job cream. I took a look at some of the claims they make on their website… Read the rest of this entry »

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