Evidence: Government Policy and Homeopathy

February 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm (government, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Politics) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Science and Technology Select Committee’s report [PDF] on homeopathy and the accompanying press release are rather critical of some of the individuals and groups referred to in the report. Here is just a sample of the targets for criticism: Read the rest of this entry »

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ASBOs – Are They Fair and Do Antisocial Children Have Cortisol Deficiency?

October 3, 2008 at 11:27 am (Bad Science, Law, Media) (, , , , , , , )

As I was telling someone in a bar in Leeds a while ago, an ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order) could be a very handy way of locking someone up without all that old-fashioned fuss about them having a fair trial. Once I was sober (and parted from the game of Guess Who[1] that had been unaccountably left at the table we were sitting at), I thought that this may be something worth writing about. But first I thought I’d better check my facts. How easy is it to get an ASBO, followed by a jail sentence? Read the rest of this entry »

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DOH Email On CAM

July 31, 2008 at 3:27 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, government, Woo) (, , , )

Via Improbable Science, I was made aware of a piece in the Times where Alice Miles recommended writing to Ben Bradshaw Read the rest of this entry »

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How Smart Are Politicians?

July 11, 2008 at 8:12 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, government, Nutritionism, Supplements, Woo) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Not very smart at all if David Tredinnick is anything go go by. I wrote about him speaking on homeopathy back in February and today I noticed a link on the Improbable Science miniblog to an old speech he gave [see first link for full debate]. His opening remarks included this gem: “Regrettably, the availability of complementary therapies on the health service has declined since primary care groups and primary care trusts came into being.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Aspects of Skunkabis

May 23, 2008 at 8:34 pm (Bad Science, government, Media, Recreational Drugs) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A new word has recently been coined on the TDPF blog: Skunkabis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blasphemy – A Victimless Crime

January 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm (Atheism, Blasphemy, Bloggers, Campaigns, government, Religion) (, , , , , )

There was an interesting editorial piece in the print edition of The Guardian yesterday on the UK blasphemy laws. Online today, the Guardian has a CiF piece titled “Is Nothing Sacred?”. Read the rest of this entry »

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