To the Media Who Promoted Faux “Wellness Guru” Belle Gibson​: No, You​ Don’t Get to Criticize Her Lack of Apology

Kylie Willey was suffering the agony of cancer and the sickness of chemotherapy when a friend told her of a true miracle. Sweet, young, and lovely fellow Australian Belle Gibson (below) had recently enchanted national media with her inspiring story of healing multiple terminal cancers by quitting chemotherapy and switching to things that feel “good and nurturing.” 

The 26-year-old’s holistic-lifestyle blog, book, and phone app, all titled The Whole Pantry, advised cancer patients to switch to yoga, meditation, colonics, oxygen therapy, craniosacral therapy (a type of energy-healing head massage), herbalism, and a diet free of dairy, gluten, preservatives, refined sugars, and GMOs.

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Unvaccinated Child in Spain Dies from Diphtheria

Earlier this month, I posted about a couple in Spain that didn’t get their six-year-old vaccinated even though it would have been free. That child was later admitted to the hospital with diphtheria, which hadn’t been seen in the country since 1986.

The parents later said that they were “tricked” by anti-vaccination groups and would have gotten the vaccination if they just had proper information.

But it’s too late now. I’m sorry to say that the child died yesterday morning:

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Etsy’s Bullshit Ban is Angering Witches Who Sell Spells

At some point over the past couple of months, it appears that Etsy — the website where people sell handmade goods — revised their policy on what could and could not be sold.

Specifically, they have now added magical (“metaphysical”) things to the list of services that cannot be sold:

Any metaphysical service that promises or suggests it will effect a physical change (e.g., weight loss) or other outcome (e.g., love, revenge) is not allowed, even if it delivers a tangible item.

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Acupuncturist Finds New Way to Separate Yuppies From Their Money

The other day, my Facebook News Feed was all abuzz about an NPR story titled, “Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain.” Between the shares from my critical thinking friends and NPR, I figured this article must have merit and was worth my time to read.

The opening claims seemed reasonably true: Americans often suffer from back problems, while other cultures, specifically indigenous tribes, have virtually no back problems. Alright, let’s get on to the credible scientific explanation of why that’s happening.

Oh, wait. The expert in question here is a what?!

An acupuncturist in Palo Alto, Calif., thinks she has figured out why.

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Woman Asks Psychics to Connect With a Dead Sister Who Never Existed… and (Surprise!) They All Do

Vice‘s Jackie Hong performed a simple experiment to test the claims of several psychics in Toronto: She conjured up a fake sister (“Emily”) who died of a car crash and asked the psychics to connect with her.

Of course, they all managed to do it. (Amazing, right?)

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