A Ghost Story Even I Can Believe
Sep 12, 2014 · 59 

By Herb Silverman   Many stories describe supernatural events that turn skeptics into believers. This is not one of those stories. I have not had a “road to Damascus” experience, though my worldview did change a little after hearing about ghosts from Will Moredock, a professional tour guide in my hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. …

A Touch to Fear: Chiropractic and the Newborn Baby
Sep 2, 2014 · 13 

By Clay Jones   A significant part of my job as a pediatric hospitalist involves caring for newborns. It is arguably the best thing that I get to do as a physician, even if I do at times prefer the increased intellectual stimulation of the ill hospitalized child. While seeing newborns, I am almost always …

Neil deGrasse Tyson on liberal science denial and GMOs
Aug 28, 2014 · 45 

By Dan Arel   Science denial is a major epidemic in the US, public policy is suffering while the Republican Party refuses to accept climate change, religious groups are fighting to inject creationism into the classroom all the while the countries scientific literacy falls behind the rest of the industrialized world. However, we are wrong …

How People Consume Conspiracy Theories on Facebook
Aug 15, 2014 · 33 

By MIT Technology Review Do you believe that the contrails left by high-flying aircraft contain sildenafil citratum, the active ingredient in Viagra? Or that light bulbs made from uranium and plutonium are more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly? Or that lemons have anti-hypnotic benefits? If you do, then you are probably a regular consumer of conspiracy …

Naturopathy vs. Science: Prenatal Vitamins
Aug 15, 2014 · 8 

By Scott Gavura   Vitamin supplementation is unnecessary for the vast majority of people. You wouldn’t know this walking through a drug store, where you’ll usually find an entire aisle packed with supplements. Alternative health providers like naturopaths tend to be strong supporters of supplementation, but this advice seems to be based mainly on the …

Thousands of women, accused of sorcery, tortured and executed in Indian witch hunts
Jul 27, 2014 · 13 

By Terrence McCoy   If it began like the others, the first sign that Saraswati Devi would be murdered was an accusation delivered to a shaman. Perhaps she had offended someone. Perhaps someone had fallen sick and had wondered why. Perhaps a community well had suddenly dried and someone needed blaming. Perhaps they chose her because Devi was …

Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars
Jul 26, 2014 · 49 

By BBC   A Conservative MP has spoken of his belief in astrology and his desire to incorporate it into medicine. David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could work. The MP for Bosworth, a member of the health committee and the science and technology committee, …

The Truth?
Jul 20, 2014 · 7 

By Mark Crislip One person’s ethics is another’s belly laugh, but in medicine ethics are formalized. The basic principles in the US are Respect for autonomy – the patient has the right to refuse or choose their treatment (Voluntas aegroti suprema lex) Beneficence – a practitioner should act in the best interest of the patient (salus …

Pat Robertson tells mother: Your son’s stomach pains are caused by a witch ancestor
Jul 19, 2014 · 28 

By David Edwards Televangelist Pat Robertson advised a mother on Monday that she could cure her son’s stomach pains by finding someone to cast out demons that were possibly caused by an ancestor who practiced witchcraft. In an email, a viewer named Dianne told the TV preacher that her son had “painful shock-waves thru his …

Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked
Jul 14, 2014 · 82 

By Brooke Borel Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one producer is already scrambling to label its apples GMO-free. …

BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes
Jul 8, 2014 · 22 

By Sarah Knapton   BBC journalists are being sent on courses to stop them inviting so many cranks onto programmes to air ‘marginal views’ The BBC Trust on Thursday published a progress report into the corporation’s science coverage which was criticised in 2012 for giving too much air-time to critics who oppose non-contentious issues. The report …

Superfoods or superfrauds? Scientists are unimpressed
Jul 8, 2014 · 7 

By Nicky Phillips   New superfoods seem to be discovered with increasing frequency but rather like Superman they tend to be a fantasy construct. The label seems to attach itself to any foodstuff that is rich in a particular nutrient. Goji berries, an original superfood, have a lot of vitamin C, while the quinoa seed …