Tagged: natural health remedies

Vitamin C as cancer treatment – Sir Paul Callaghan reviews his trial - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 20, 2012

In New Zealand we received news some time ago that well-respected physicist Paul Callaghan was trying vitamin C therapy for his cancer. Paul Callaghan is also well-known for his science communication efforts. News today is that he has reviewed his trial of this treatment. He has been reported as saying he found ’absolutely no evidence’ it … Read More

Trust science, not scientists - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 03, 2011

Trust science, not scientists says the title of an article written by virologist Professor Vincent Racanielo. It’s a great line. Vincent Racanielo was writing in the context of the continued saga over proposals of a link between the mouse XMRV virus (xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). My interest … Read More

Whooping cough, vaccines, cocooning and the IAS - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 08, 2011

Earlier this week the Otago Daily Times, locally known as the ODT, had on page nine an article titled Whooping cough vaccination ‘cocooning’ call. In New Zealand, at this time, we have a number of vaccine-preventable illness in the community. One is meningococcal meningitis (strain C). Rubella is another. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is yet another. Read More

Ben Goldacre: Battling Bad Science - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 01, 2011

Having seen a run of posts on various ’bad science’ on sciblogs.co.nz–that’s us!–and being wildly short on free time –free time-what is that??–let me offer readers Britain’s Ben Goldacre giving a TED lecture, Battling Bad Science. Ben is the author of the well-known Bad Science blog, and writes the Bad Science column at The Guardian. Read More

Should we teach examples of scientists falling for unscientific practices? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 28, 2011

Not long ago I learnt of another former scientist I know of who has, apparently, fallen for pseudoscience or ‘woo’. It was a bit distressing. A lovely person, but you had to think ’good grief, why?’ With that in the back of mind my while reading blog posts and writing about this to others I got … Read More

Professor Ronald and the forbidden fruit – GE apples and a New Zealand visit - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 13, 2011

Three recent articles on scienceblogs.com feature a New Zealand connection, spanning genetic engineering, Middle Earth and an anti-vaccine campaigner. If you’re a New Zealander, or have an interest in genetic engineering, you might find Professor Ronald’s account of her visit to New Zealand to learn more about pastoral and crop research here and … Read More