Molecular Matters

World AIDS Day – Science & Pseudoscience of AIDS

Michael Edmonds Nov 30, 2014

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 on, we now refer to … Read More

Homeopathy takes another hit

Michael Edmonds Nov 11, 2014

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, including a demonstration of … Read More

Homeopathy not the solution for Ebola (or anything else)

Michael Edmonds Oct 30, 2014

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. Unfortunately, Green MP Steffan … Read More

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Pain, Pus & Poison – a fascinating series covering the development of modern medicine

Michael Edmonds Oct 28, 2014

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni-pK2EBxaw The first episode covers the … Read More

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Breakfast TV Touting Pseudoscientific Adrenal Fatigue

Michael Edmonds Aug 11, 2014

This morning on the Breakfast show on TV1 there was a piece on “adrenal fatigue” and how more and more people are displaying symptoms. The moment I heard the vagueness of this term, I had to wonder if it was a real medical term or pseudoscience. Minutes later another pseudoscience red flag went up when one of the interviewees … Read More

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Gluten Free & Pseudoscience

Michael Edmonds Aug 10, 2014

There is little doubt that some people have an intolerance to gluten and that a gluten free diet is an appropriate way to address this. However, the gluten free diet is also associated with pseudoscience in terms of what it can achieve and how it is diagnosed. Take, for example, the recent news that tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has embraced … Read More

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