Tagged: pseudoscience

“Do your own research!” - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 11, 2014

How many times have I had discussion partners on the internet say to me “Do your own research?” Inevitably they are pushing some pseudoscientific or anti-scientific conspiracy theory – yet claiming science is their friend! Here, one of the members of Paul Connett’s Fluoride Action Network team ( Carol Kopf, Media Director who uses the Twitter … … Continue reading … Read More

World AIDS Day – Science & Pseudoscience of AIDS - Molecular Matters

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 - Molecular Matters

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

Breakfast TV Touting Pseudoscientific Adrenal Fatigue - Molecular Matters

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

Gluten Free & Pseudoscience - Molecular Matters

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

The irony of some peer-review and citation complaints - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jul 15, 2014

Anti-fluoridation propagandists and other promoters of pseudoscience have a sort of “love-hate” attitude towards science and the scientific literature. On the one hand they love to cite scientific papers they claim support their message. Very often the citation is completely … Continue reading → … Read More