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Science book suggestions for Christmas

Grant Jacobs Dec 03, 2009

If you've got a scientist in the family–or a bright spark wanting to be one–here's a few websites listing some ideas. I suspect you're a bit late for ordering from the like of Amazon, so you might have to resort to trotting around the better bookshops... good way of killing time anyway! The Royal Society … Read More

Steve Thoms' points against naturopathy

Grant Jacobs Dec 02, 2009

Science-based medics and researchers baulk at many of the claims of naturopathic remedies. While reading an article on Science-Based Medicine about the battle against  legislating the naturopathic industry in Ontario, Canada, a comment pointed to a comment by Steve Thoms, Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic North in another blog which listed points against naturopathy.  (See steveisgood … Read More

Neti pots now validated as sound science?

Grant Jacobs Dec 02, 2009

There are many “home” remedies for clearing nasal congestion and sinusitis through cleaning the nasal passages, usually involving passing a saline solution through them, e.g. Pouring a neti pot (Image from Science-based Medicine article.) A recent Cochrane review, Nasal saline irrigations for the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis, supports use of this technique originating from an ancient … Read More