Archive for 'Quackery' Category

DIY Clinical Trials

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, February 6, 2012

I’ve recently finished Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, which is an absolutely brilliant quirky journalistic journey through Broadmoor, Scientology and DSM IV. He had an interesting Guardian article on DIY science published on Friday. He interviewed the guy who attempted to split the atom in his house, but more interestingly (at least to me) was […]

Taking the piss

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, November 25, 2011

A few years ago I suggested how one might create an NHS demand for animal urine treatments based on the qualities of the animals concerned. For example, elephant pee could be used as a treatment for Alzheimer’s. However, there are “real” urine treatments… To take this further, you ought to go and read the story […]

Green Quackery

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, November 21, 2011

George Monbiot’s principled stand on nuclear power after the Fukushima incident, and the resultant green backlash he harvested was an interesting moment this year. After a prominent green, Helen Caldicott, went critical on him he had an epiphany. Over the past fortnight I’ve made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear movement to which I once […]

Regrowing a kidney?

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nicholas Evans’ tale of a mushroom-picking afternoon that turned into a life or death struggle with renal failure caused by Cortenarius Speciosissimus is gripping enough, but some people just want to make it worse. Cortenarius Speciosissimus is a highly toxic mushroom. The first cases of poisonings were reported in Scandinavia in 1972, but the first […]

Homeopathy 0 Reality 1

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, September 16, 2011

This week I was at the British Science Festival speaking to the motion that “This house believes that the same level of evidence should be applied to CAM as applies to conventional treatment”. Although the debate was about CAM, the fact we had two homeopaths opposing the motion did mean the focus was on homeopathy. […]

Should quackery be allowed a double standard?

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, September 9, 2011

The title of this post is a slightly inflammatory shortened version of a motion I’ll be debating at the British Science Festival in Bradford next week. The actual motion will be: “This house believes that the same level of evidence should be applied to CAM as applies to conventional treatment”. Sile Lane from Sense About […]

Hitchens, cancer, and quackery

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, October 9, 2010

A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet Christopher Hitchens at the Hay Festival, the great writer and intellectual of our time. Sadly, while promoting his biography, Hitch 22, in which he muses on a false report of his death, he was taken ill and diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. In his […]

Brum Skeptics Blog

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, May 14, 2010

Birmingham Skeptics have launched a new blog, with a post from Jack of Kent noting Birmingham’s tradition of free thought: Birmingham was always more of market town than an industrial town, though it was one where small businesses could easily set up. Before the Cadburys there was really little large scale factory production. And matched […]

Homeopathic Society complain about methods

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, February 22, 2010

Chief Executive of the British Homeopathic Society, Cristal Sumner, states with regard to the Parliamentary Science committee’s devastating report on homeopathy: ‘It does seem an irresponsible way of decision-making for a Committee of four voting members to draw conclusions that impact the health and welfare of thousands of patients from just four and half hours […]