Archive: Open Parachute March 2010

Anti-fluoridation cherry-pickers at it again

Ken Perrott Apr 05, 2016

Anti-fluoride campaigners seem to be a sixes and sevens on whether community water fluoridation (CWF) is effective or not. Some will accept CWF is effective in improving oral health but moan about the ethics or reports of harm. Others will simply claim CWF is not effective. Stan Litras is a Wellington dentist and anti-fluoride campaigner in the latter camp. Read More

March ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Ken Perrott Apr 01, 2016

There are about 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake or get your stats wrong). Every month I get queries from people wanting their own blog included. I encourage and am happy to respond to queries … Read More

Chemistry is everywhere – even in those natural products

Ken Perrott Mar 24, 2016

 Here’s a thought – what if natural products came with a list of ingredients in the same way processed food does? James Kennedy, an Australian chemistry teacher, has put together some images to illustrate what this would be like. And the article What if natural products came with a list of ingredients? reproduces the detailed infographics which show even the … Read More

The toxicity of chemophobia

Ken Perrott Mar 21, 2016

Chemophobia is rampant on the internet. It seems to range from a reasonable concern over the potential adverse effects of synthetic chemicals to an irrational fear of these substances because of misconceptions about their potential for harm. Often it is accompanied by a complete misunderstanding of risk and an unrealistic understanding of the role of concentration in toxicity. The Soapbox … Read More

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Hiding behind “experts”

Ken Perrott Mar 13, 2016

I am not for one minute suggesting we not put any trust in “experts.” But how often do public figures use experts like a drunk uses a lamppost – more for support than illumination! This is surely the case with Sen. Marco Rubio, a contender for the Republican nominee in the upcoming presidential elections when he referred to “experts” as the … Read More

February ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Ken Perrott Mar 01, 2016

There are about 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake or get your stats wrong). Every month I get queries from people wanting their own blog included. I encourage and am happy to respond to queries … Read More

Big business funding of anti-science propaganda on health

Ken Perrott Feb 29, 2016

Most readers are aware the fossil fuel industry finances the spreading of doubt about climate change science. But people are less aware of the role played by the “natural”/alternative health industry in promoting doubt about the science of health issues. Author Kavin Senapathy exposes one example of this in her recent Forbes article If You Doubt … Read More

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