Tagged: scepticism

Copper & Magnetic Healing: How to Respond to Complaints - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Nov 21, 2014

Last Saturday, I was in a store that had a display on their counter advertising copper and magnetic jewellery: As you may be aware, claims that copper jewellery are able to help with arthritis are relatively common, although the evidence is pretty negative. The claim about magnets attracting iron in your blood and thereby increasing […] … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 2: Time for a Spring Clean - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Oct 11, 2014

In July, I wrote an article on Ethical Pharmacy Practice and Homeopathic No-Jet-Lag. In it, I described the importance of the role pharmacies play in the healthcare system, and their ethical obligation not to mislead consumers or promote ineffective healthcare products. In particular, I described an advertisement I saw in an Auckland pharmacy for a […] … Read More

Osmosis Skincare’s Drinkable Sunscreen Trial - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Aug 10, 2014

If you haven’t already read my post about Osmosis Skincare’s Drinkable Sunscreen, you might want to do that before you read this one. A brief overview is that Osmosis Skincare claims drinking their “harmonized water” prevents sunburn. I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that this claim wasn’t backed up by evidence and the complaint […] … Read More

ASA Complaint: Osmosis Skincare’s Drinkable Sunscreen - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Jul 28, 2014

In May this year, One News ran a story on a US skincare company releasing what it was calling “drinkable sunscreen”. Around the world, various sceptical websites also picked up the story, such as Doubtful News and Neurological Blog. The message was roughly that a “drinkable sunscreen” is a cool idea that isn’t entirely implausible, […] … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice and Homeopathic NO-JET-LAG - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Jul 03, 2014

Pharmacies are an integral part of the healthcare industry. They provide a valuable decoupling between the doctor you see for an examination and potentially a prescription, and the institution that stands to profit from the medicine you pay for. Without this separation, there’s the potential for a conflict of interest where the physician examining you […] … Read More

In defence of (some) science scepticism – a lawyer's view - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 03, 2014

by Dr Nicole Moreham Since becoming a Rutherford Discovery Fellow in 2011, I have often found myself in the company of scientists. Not surprisingly, I regard them as a highly impressive bunch – intelligent, thoughtful and deeply committed to what they do. There is one area though where I quite often find myself disagreeing with what people in the wider science community say: that … Read More

Homeopathy and Anecdotes - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Apr 22, 2014

In the Herald today, a letter to the editor from a Mr Barry Davis was published regarding an article about a recent scientific report on the evidence regarding homeopathy published by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council: Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Clinical Conditions: Evaluation of the Evidence The report evaluated the evidence regarding […] … Read More

What Does “37% More Powerful” Really Mean? - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Feb 25, 2014

Yesterday, the Advertising Standards Authority released a decision regarding a TV advertisement for Panadol Extra. The advertisement claims that the product is “37% more powerful than standard paracetamol tablets”. Although this is not the claim that was challenged in the complaint, the advertiser, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), provided a citation in attempt to substantiate their claim. However, […] … Read More

Monday Afternoon Movies: From Daleks to Vectron - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 02, 2012

I was collecting up videos to drip feed when I got around to it, but figured I may as well post them all at once to liven up a Monday afternoon. Enjoy. The Great and Powerful Tyson… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfAzaDyae-k Dan Dennett on “Deepities”… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg-4fmbpZ-M Levitation, I have to admit while watching this I was grinning like and idiot..it’s awesome…. Read More