Token Skeptic Podcast – On Safe And Secular.org With Michael De Dora

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Over on the Token Skeptic podcast #184, you can hear the latest episode of the show - here's what we discussed.As you may have heard in the news this week, the American Food and Drug Administration has given a controversial Houston doctor the green light to continue providing experimental cancer treatments.The FDA has lifted restrictions on a clinical trial run by Stanislaw Burzynski, who for nearly 40 years has claimed that he has discovered natural substances that can fight certain … [Read more...]

Founder Of Wikipedia Makes A Stand Against “Holistic Approaches To Healing”

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I only just landed back home yesterday and everything is still kind of blurry and so on.I'll post a blog entry about the Melbourne adventures later. And chase up all that I-owe-you-email-and-postage-and-audio things I am desperately behind on.But I was cheered by the sight of this: … [Read more...]

Will Australian TV Air Jenny McCarthy’s Views On The View? New Token Skeptic Podcast

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It just occurred to me this morning (as I was checking that the next two episodes of Token Skeptic were downloadable) that perhaps a campaign needs to be in the works to prevent having the anti-vaccination activist Jenny McCarthy feature on Australian television, via the US program "The View".From the Channel 9 Facebook page:"...The View will no longer be showing on Nine as the contract has expired and not been renewed."I guess we can be grateful for some small mercies.In the … [Read more...]

The End Of The Australian Vaccination Network? Greens Health Spokesperson Di Natale Speaks Out In Senate Today

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News item for today (apart from Red Panda successfully recaptured) - from News.com.au, Sue Dunleavy: The controversial anti-immunisation Australian Vaccine Network will be told to disband in a motion to be debated in the Senate today. Greens health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale who is proposing the motion says it is important the Parliament take the lead in expressing its disdain for the group's activities."I think it is important that we take them on, that the community recognise them … [Read more...]

AVN’s Black Salve Treatment Advertising Ruled Out By Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration

Just a few minutes ago, on the ABC website - Anti-vaccination group fails to stop advertising 'cancer treatment': The anti-vaccination group that goes under the name Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) has failed to comply with a Government order to stop advertising a product as a treatment for cancer.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) found the group advertised "black salve" on its website and on a DVD... The TGA says the substance is corrosive and essentially burns off layers of … [Read more...]

Australian Media – Wakefield’s MMR Claims And Wales Epidemic

Lateline -Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Reporter: Mary GearinAn epidemic of measles in Wales has been blamed on an anti-vaccination campaign a decade ago which scared parents away from the combined measles and whopping cough vaccination called MMR. … [Read more...]

The Honest Liar – Homeopathy: Money for Nothing

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Homeopathy Awareness Week – Why Fall For Homeopathy?

World Homeopathy Week is April 10th-16th in 2013. [Back blogging next week, until then, here's something with thanks to co-contributors Matt Rogers of www.rogerscreations.com and music by Milton Mermikides - 'Primal Sound' from www.miltonmermikides.com.] … [Read more...]

Support Stopping Funding For Homeopathy In India – A Call For Petition Signatures

I just got mail from Deepak Gupta from www.savvyskeptic.com:I may have written to you earlier for my documentary on Homeopathy - here's the trailer:...As a follow up to the documentary, I am trying to gather support to stop Indian government from funding homeopathy (or in other words stop wasting public money on fantasies).India is one of the biggest markets for the homeopathy industry. However, there is hardly any opposition to homeopathy in India as of now. If homeopathy is … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Ben Goldacre – Squabbles About Homeopathy

Interview with Ben about his latest book Bad Pharma features over on the Token Skeptic podcast! … [Read more...]

The Checkout – Skepticism And Consumer Rights On ABC Australia (Video)

For those of you who may have missed it, or can't see it due to being outside of Australia? You're welcome:Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from The Chaser team reinvent consumer affairs TV in a new show that will inform, entertain and empower ordinary consumers.This is particularly for Digital Cuttlefish, who needs something to enjoy after all the hard work they've been doing - and to Gerry, who I really appreciate for keeping in touch. I owe you both emails!![EDIT - sorry, fixed … [Read more...]


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