Tagged: Questionable Techniques

Amber Teething Beads: A Few Points to Consider - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 21, 2011

Being a new parent and a sceptic I have been on guard regarding dubious advice and practices. Parents, especially new parents like myself, are a vulnerable group. We tend to be full of anxiety that we are doing the “right thing” by our children. Where-ever you find a vulnerable group like this you also tend [...] … Read More

Complexity and Health — A Rant - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 14, 2010

To shamelessly butcher a great H2G2 quote: Biology is complicated. Really complicated. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly complicated it is. I mean you may think it’s complicated to do the morning crossword, but that’s just peanuts to biology. This may seem trivially obvious, I mean we don’t compare things to brain surgery [...] … Read More

Is Acupuncture Worth a Punctured Lung? or Does the Risk Out Weigh the Benefit? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Aug 16, 2010

Friday’s issue of The New Zealand Medical Journal includes a case report of pneumothrorax in a recipient of acupuncture. For the interested layperson out there a pneumothorax in the collection of air in the space between the lung and chest wall leading in extreme cases to cardiac arrest. Acupuncture can result in pneumothorax when the [...] … Read More

Facilitated Communication Case Fails to Deliver - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 16, 2010

The indefatigable Dr. Novella has been keeping track of the Facilitated Communication case of Rom Houben and via his blog I have learned that further investigation into the case has failed to deliver the goods. As a refresher, late in November last year the news broke of a man who had been misdiagnosed as being [...] … Read More

What is the Harm of Alternative Medicine? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jan 26, 2010

Yesterday fellow Sciblogger Grant posted about homeopathic medications in pharmacies and questioned the legitimacy of reputable organisations selling such patent snake oil. The comments to this entry reveal one of the most frustrating aspects of speaking out against unscientific medicine and can be summarised thusly: “I’m far too sophisticated to be taken in by this [...] … Read More

Natural Health Expo(sed)? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 15, 2009

Driving around Hamilton the past few weeks I couldn’t help but notice the signs sprinkled around the city for the “Natural Health Expo” which is to take place here this week end. As I perused the website for this event yesterday I was disturbed by the large number of anti-scientific “treatments” that will be showcased. [...] … Read More

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