Holford, Burne and Serotonin Pills

March 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm (Bad Science) (, , , , , , , , , )

Here, Jerome Burne is given space on Patrick Holford’s blog to defend homeopathy by attacking drugs that are part of conventional medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Medical Myths: Thalidomide

February 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm (Bad Science) (, , , , , , , , )

Thalidomide, Animal Testing, And Investigative Journalism

There are some apparently misreported ‘facts’ about thalidomide that seem to keep cropping up – for example, that the teratogenic effects were covered up by the medical profession, that it was investigative journalists that uncovered the scandal of the purported cover-up, and that thalidomide proves that animal testing is useless. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cultural Bias in Scientific Research

February 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm (Bad Science, Miscellaneous) (, )

This paper is a systematic review of controlled trials that asks the question “Do certain countries produce only positive results?” The authors conclude that: Read the rest of this entry »

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Boosting Your Serotonin or Exploiting Your Depression?

February 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm (Bad Science, Big Pharma, Homeopathy, Patrick Holford) (, , , , , , , , )

What do Big Pharma, Patrick Holford, and Homeopaths all have in common? Well, apart from any other similarities, they all claim to be able to “boost your serotonin”, “remedy your neurotransmitter imbalance”, or help you to “overcome depression.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Do The PCC Need Expert Help?

August 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm (Bad Science) (, , , )

The Press Complaints Commission have come in for criticism from some quarters and the organisation is viewed variously as being incompetent, toothless, or too close to the industry it is supposed to regulate. Some suggestions have been made as to how the PCC can be improved. It seems to me that one thing the PCC may lack is expertise in some of the fields they are asked to rule on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Mail On Health Tonics

August 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm (Bad Science, Media) (, , , )

The Daily Mail has an article on the top five health tonics. Let’s take a quick look. Read the rest of this entry »

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University of Westminster: FOIA Response

July 31, 2009 at 7:58 pm (Bad Science, Media, Universities) (, , , , )

Well, it’s the twentieth working day since my FOIA request to the University of Westminster and I have finally received some answers to a few of the questions I posed. I originally contacted the University of Westminster on the 18th May, so I am disappointed that it has taken so long (and a Freedom of Information Act request) in order for them to begin to engage with me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Examples of Homeopathic Debate

July 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm (Bad Science, Homeopathy) (, )

Here, a homeopath leaves a message on a blog post at gimpyblog. Here, again on Gimpy’s blog, the comment is repeated – and later in the thread comments in a similar vein are added. This post carries repeats of the comments in the second thread I linked to. A similar comment was also added to a post I’d written. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rough Guide To Supplements

July 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm (Bad Science, Business, Nutritionism, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , )

The vitamins & minerals sector of the food supplements industry was estimated to be worth $827 million in the UK in 2006 (link). The same source states that “The global nutraceuticals industry sales are forecast to touch $187 billion by 2010, owing to increasing sales in the U.S. and the European Union (EU), as also within the emerging markets like China and India.” Read the rest of this entry »

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University of Westminster: FOIA Request

July 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm (Bad Science, Media, Universities) (, , , )

Here are the details of my Freedom of Information request following on from my recent posts about the University’s research into detox body wraps: Read the rest of this entry »

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