A More Inclusive Approach to Education Michael Edmonds Jan 30

The Chief Executive of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (and my bosses boss) gave a talk at TEDx in Christchurch last year describing a more inclusive and broader approach to education. I think she makes some good points; having taught in the polytechnic sector for 15 years now I have found my concept of successful [...]

The Nerdist, Danica McKellar and Promoting Maths Michael Edmonds Jan 28

This morning on Sky TV’s science fiction channel I caught an episode of a show called The Nerdist, which covers topics which I guess are a bit nerdy. On the show this morning there was an interview with Danica McKellar. Probably best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the Wonder years, she is [...]

A Humble Email re MMS Michael Edmonds Jan 25

Yesterday I received an email which appears to be from “Archbishop” Jim Humble, creator of MMS or Miracle Mineral Solution. For those who aren’t familiar with MMS it is an alternative health product made by mixing a bleach solution with a weak acid to generate traces of chlorine dioxide. A website selling this product works [...]

Chemical Properties Personified – An Amusing Video Michael Edmonds Jan 13

Although this clip is apparently 6 years old, I hadn’t seen it before today when someone put it on Facebook.

The Evolution of Medicines Michael Edmonds Jan 13

Next Wednesday evening, the 21st of January at 7 pm, I will be giving a public talk in Christchurch on the “Evolution of Medicines – from Farmer to Pharma”. This will be the first lecture in 2015 for our local Skeptics in the Pub group. The history and evolution of medicines has always fascinated me. [...]

The Poisoner’s Handbook on Youtube Michael Edmonds Jan 07

A couple of weeks ago I came across a TV version of The Poisoner’s Handbook on Sky TV’s History channel. The Poisoner’s Handbook is an excellent book which both Grant and I have previously reviewed (see here and here). It provides a fascinating insight into the development of forensic science in the early 20th century. [...]

World AIDS Day – Science & Pseudoscience of AIDS Michael Edmonds Nov 30

In the early 1980s, the emergence of a previously unknown and fatal disease, raised concern amongst medical professions and fear in the general population. Those suffering from this new disease presented with a range of opportunistic infections, including rare forms of pneumonia and cancer – suggesting the cause was a failing immune system. Thirty years [...]

Homeopathy takes another hit Michael Edmonds Nov 11

On Friday 31st of October Dr Siouxsie Wiles from Sciblogs very own Infectious Thoughts blog gave an excellent interview of Breakfast TV explaining why homeopathy isn’t an appropriate treatment for ebola (or anything else). Now Vicki Hyde from NZSkeptics has presented a thorough explanation of why homeopathy is not a valid medical treatment on CTV, [...]

Homeopathy not the solution for Ebola (or anything else) Michael Edmonds Oct 30

A petition calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to “test and distribute homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the (Ebola) outbreaks” is unlikely to gain much traction, given that the WHO, in August 2009, made statements indicating that homeopathy was not an effective treatment for diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoea or HIV infection. [...]

Pain, Pus & Poison – a fascinating series covering the development of modern medicine Michael Edmonds Oct 28

I’ve always been fascinated by the evolution of modern medicine, particularly the development of modern pharmaceuticals, so I was looking forward to catching “Pain, Pus & Poison – The Search For Modern Medicine” on Sky TV, however, managed to miss the first episode. Luckily I discovered the episodes are also available on Youtube The first [...]

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