Child Dies Because Parents Prayed Instead of Calling 911

I hate seeing stories like these. Seth Johnson, the 7 year-old child of Timothy and Sarah Johnson, recently died from pancreatitis and acute sepsis. This could have been prevented if Seth’s parents got medical help for their son, but instead relied on prayer. The Johnsons noticed that their son was ill, but refused to do anything because [Read More…]


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Ohio promotes pseudoscience and harms its most vulnerable women by banning abortions at 20 weeks

Ohio Govenor John Kasich vetoed the 6-week abortion ban based on a fetal heartbeat, but accepted the 20-week abortion ban based on fetal pain. While the 6-week ban would have been absurd, the 20 week ban is also horrible. First off, this bill is based entirely on pseudoscience. I provided scientific testimony against South Carolina’s 20-week [Read More…]


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Mother leaves anti-vaccine movement after her kids nearly die from preventable virus

Thankfully, Kristen O’Meara’s children will be fine, but that almost wasn’t the case. All three of O’Meara’s children were diagnosed with rotavirus, a serious, but easily prevented illness. Afterward, O’Meara re-evaluated her position and now accepts the science behind vaccines. O’Meara now wants to change the minds of other parents who are anti-vaccine: “I got absorbed in the [Read More…]


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Products that claim to “detox” are nonsense and a waste of money

I remember reading the label of a juice bottle in Whole Foods that claimed to “detox” you. If you drank three bottles a day for a month, your body would be “purged of toxins” and each bottle cost $8! That would be about $750 for your “detox” which science has shown to be a complete myth. This “detox” scam actually has [Read More…]


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The science of why we reject science and what we can do about it

You’re able to read this right now because of science! From electricity, to antibiotics, to computers, science allows us to learn from the world and can greatly improve our quality of life. Unfortunately, science can also be hard to understand, which makes people vulnerable to believe harmful myths such as denying climate change, avoiding vaccines, [Read More…]


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Five quick tips that can help you determine if that science article is actually nonsense

Science is often misrepresented in the media, so how can you know if there is validity to the science they are reporting? Well, there are several quick strategies you can use and they don’t require you to be a scientist! These tips are certainly not meant to be exhaustive, but if everyone would follow them, [Read More…]


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Jill Stein: “many scientists will lie to preserve their status in the corporate power structure”

I know I’ve been ranting about Jill Stein lately, but she keeps saying things that deeply upset me as someone who strongly supports science. Jill Stein has been under fire lately for her anti-science positions and her Twitter account has finally responded: This is full blown conspiracy theorist and it also really pisses me off as a [Read More…]


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Jill Stein thinks Wi-Fi could be dangerous for our brains

The woo continues from Jill Stein. I stumbled upon this video where Jill Stein responds to a question about the concerns of wireless internet in schools (at the 1:00 mark). “We should not subjecting kid’s brains especially to that.. and we don’t follow this issue in our country, but in Europe where they do, you know, they [Read More…]


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Jill Stein finally gives a more direct answer about vaccines…and it’s terrible

There has been some debate regarding Jill Stein’s stance on vaccines. This was due to her rather nebulous answer about it. Because she gave such a non-answer, some people thought she was pandering to the anti-vaccine crowd, while others didn’t think it was a big deal by itself. I was somewhere in the middle, but wanted a more [Read More…]


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Five reasons why you should love GMOs

Before I get to my list, I’d like to briefly go over what GMOs actually are. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) “are the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal.” For thousands of years farmers have artificially selected the [Read More…]

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