Oh Dear. AVN Being Investigated After Touring My State?

I don't know if you can see the article (thanks to the Facebook group Stop the AVN) - but here's how it starts.Consumer Protection is investigating whether an anti-vaccination group breached charity laws by seeking donations at a series of meetings in WA in the past two weeks.The NSW-based AVN held public forums in Perth, Busselton, Jurien Bay and Geraldton, charging $15 and giving out brochures asking people to donate to the group.Brochures?Like this one that kate picked up during the … [Read more...]

Sign The Delta Anti-Vaccination Flyer Petition

I fly internationally. I fly Delta. I care about people's health. I signed. Will you?National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on Delta flights discourages people from receiving the flu vaccine by downplaying the seriousness of the flu and instructing individuals to visit their "vaccine information" website.An ad by the NVIC earlier this year which pointed Times Square visitors to their website was condemned by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being harmful, unfounded, … [Read more...]

kate Goes To The Conscious Living Festival

WE CAN TAKE YOU UP TO SEVENTEEN TIMES EARTH'S GRAVITY! More like a terrifying vibrating torture-device, making my eyeballs bubble out of my freaking head, as I hang on grim death and pled the operator to please stop lecturing me on how the NASA astronauts use this all the time and just let me get off the bloody thing... Want to be told that sunblock is potentially deadly? Or watch people stand in metal bowls being hit by gongs? Maybe be told not to vaccinate your family?  kate loves a New Age fes … [Read more...]

When ‘Skepticism’ Makes Me *Headdesky* – Not-So-Much A Jefferson Quote After All

From the Friendly Atheist:The Backyard Skeptics in Orange County, California — no strangers to controversy— just put up this billboard yesterday afternoon: "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology" - Thomas Jefferson. ...Just one problem with the quotation… Jefferson never said it. Oh bloody hell.Anyway. Today is Friday, I'm thinking of spending a little time checking out the Conscious Living Expo in my town (mostly because the Australian Va … [Read more...]

The Great Vaccination Debate Infographic

From The Great Vaccination Debate Infographic, created by MedicalCodingCareerGuide.com, thanks to @JAlbietz (who got it from @ImmunizeCOKids, and so forth...).Created by: Medical Coding Career Guide … [Read more...]

Late Thursday Links – Singh Asks Sally To Prove It And Talking Science To Kids

Late Thursday Links - Because I'm Waiting For My Pizza To Arrive And This Passes The Time And Besides, Digital Cuttlefish Needs A Kitteh And A Hug:"Oskar the Blind Kitten Versus Hair Dryer - Epic Cat Battle"Report from the Nigerian Humanist Convention - Graham writes: It was inspiring to be in the presence of so many Nigerian thinkers as the only non-Nigerian and to be the only foreigner ever to present the Humanist Day Talk. The comradeship, love, care, solidarity and support I exp … [Read more...]

Respectful Insolence on Steve Jobs And Alt Med

Steve Jobs, neuroendocrine tumors, and alternative medicine. Orac, a clinical oncologist posts his views regarding claims that Steve Jobs shortened his life by initially delaying cancer treatment for nine months in order to pursue an alternative diet-based approach: Jobs was unfortunate in that he appears to have had an unusually aggressive form of the disease that probably would have killed him no matter what. That's not to say that we shouldn't take into account his delay in treatment and … [Read more...]

Pharmacy Guild Of Australia Withdraws Endorsement Of Alt Med Company Blackmores

My earlier blog-post features the details of the case:  ‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores.Pharmacy Guild of Australia press release (PDF) Link The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Blackmores have agreed that the Gold Cross endorsement of the Blackmores Companions range of complementary medicines will be withdrawn. The mutual decision has been taken in view of the strong level of public concern about the proposal, based on some media reportin … [Read more...]

NRG TitaniumION Rubber Bands Get Bounced By Rebel Sport

In a blog post over at Science Based Medicine, ('Pseudoscience Sells') Dr Steve Novella sums up TitaniumION Bands: Next up is the Titanium Ion Bands. Their claims are essentially the same – wear a little bracelet on your wrist and you will have improved performance. Instead of holograms and frequencies, their bands are alleged to work through negative ions. This is just another recycled pseudoscientific claim that has been around for years. Just search on “negative ions” and you will see a variet … [Read more...]

‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores

The more than 200 audits of complementary medicines, conducted between June 2009 and December 2010, found hundreds of instances where treatments failed to comply with regulations and sparked a wave of news reports, opening something like this: ''Many vitamins, herbs and Chinese medicines make false claims and don't work.''...Research has shown that more than half of Australians incorrectly believe alternative medicines are independently tested by the TGA before being allowed on sale. That is … [Read more...]


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