Acupuncture for Macular Degeneration: Why I Reject the Evidence
Jun 30, 2014 · 4 

By Harriet Hall   This post is dedicated to two people who are frequent commenters on SBM, Stephen S. Rodrigues and Peter Moran. Rodrigues is an MD/acupuncturist who tries to persuade us that acupuncture is effective. Moran is a retired surgeon who objects to insulting language and thinks more can be accomplished by trying to …

Astrology, Alchemy, ESP and Reiki. One Of These Is Not Like The Other
Jun 26, 2014 · 12 

By Mark Crislip   I knew that Jann was thinking of writing about reiki and fraud, but did not know the details of her most excellent discussion from yesterday until I had finished my penultimate draft for today. Think of them as a match set, two perspectives on the same elephant. Fraud: a person or thing intended …

Dr. Oz Defends His Pseudoscientific Claims As Harmless ‘Flowery Language’
Jun 17, 2014 · 13 

By Francie Diep Dr. Oz is having a bad day. The celebrity doctor went to Washington, D.C., today to testify before a Senate subcommittee. The committee chastised him about the unscientific claims he makes about weight loss treatments on his popular show. Members of the committee, which is about consumer protection and product safety, worried …

Don’t supplement users deserve consumer protection, too?
Jun 6, 2014 · 4 

By Scott Gavura   One of the most pervasive yet appealing health myths is the idea that natural equals safe. It’s a statement that’s repeated constantly by manufacturers of supplements and “natural” health products. It’s been the primary argument used, with considerable success, to give these products completely different regulatory structures than exist for drug products. …

Homeopaths Without Borders practice exploitation not humanitarianism
Sep 18, 2013

David M Shaw criticises the proselytising of a group that wants to provide homeopathy to some of the world’s most vulnerable people Although homeopathy has received a great deal of criticism in recent years for unethical practices, the movement Homeopaths Without Borders has gone almost entirely unmentioned in the medical literature. This is somewhat surprising, given that …

Nigerian Student ‘Uses Science To Prove Gay Marriage Is Wrong’
Sep 16, 2013

A student in Nigeria is claiming he can prove gay marriage is wrong through science – and his scientific "breakthrough" is backed by his university.   Chibuihem Amalaha, who has won awards in his country for reporting on energy science and featured on various national television stations, says he used a magnet experiment to prove …

Is Health Canada bringing measles back by approving ineffective homeopathic remedies?
Sep 9, 2013

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently issued a notice regarding a surge in cases of measles in many parts of the country. At the time of the notice, 30 cases had already been reported, five times as many as in the previous year. Why is a disease that was so well controlled for many years slowly …

In Texas and beyond, hot spots for vaccine refusers alarm officials
Sep 3, 2013

An outbreak of measles among unimmunized members of a Texas megachurch is fueling new health worries about pockets of vaccine-wary parents — just as more than 50 million public school kids head back to class across the nation. More possible measles cases are being reviewed in Tarrant County, Texas, where at least 21 people have …

Christianity and Secular Psychology
Sep 1, 2013

As Christians living in a psychologized or therapeutic culture we must begin to at least ask ourselves how we are to approach and interpret psychological diagnoses and their corresponding labels. We need to understand what these labels are telling us and what they are not telling us, what we can learn from them and what …

The era of climate change ‘denial’ is over
Aug 31, 2013

Politicians who flatly reject climate science are now being replaced by climate policy sceptics 350.org, the US-based environmental campaign group which aims to build a "global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis", has launched a new petition. It wants it supporters to urge the World Meteorological Organization to name hurricanes after "deniers and obstructionists". Its ClimateNameChange.org website says: Since 1954, …