Shiitake Mushrooms and Cervical Cancer

April 18, 2014

The Daily Mail’s Project Oncology appears to have appears to have discovered shiitake mushrooms with an item headlined “Could MUSHROOMS prevent cervical cancer?” Inevitably, this possible natural cancer cure has been picked up by Natural News. Read the rest of this entry »

Bad Environmental Science

March 23, 2014
The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again

Possibly not what Lewisham Council intended

Like many local authority housing blocks we have a recycling bin. We used to have three but two were taken away, with the result that the remaining one is permanently overflowing. I contacted Lewisham Council’s waste disposal team to point out the problem.

I was told that the other two bins were removed because wrong stuff, such as food scraps, was being put in them. I concede that this is a problem but still left me in the position that I have nowhere to put my recycling so it winds up in the general waste which I presume is not what they want. I therefore suggested that they issue me with my own recycling box, which I could put out on collection day.

I was told “we no longer issue those.”

Fucking marvelous.

Did an Earthquake Create the Turin Shroud?

February 18, 2014

Last week I read a claim that the Turin Shroud could in fact date from the time of Christ and is not a medieval forgery.

The reason for believing it to be a forgery is the fact that three independent tests have “concluded with 95% confidence that the shroud material dated to 1260–1390 AD”. So what does the Telegraph’s Science Correspondent have that might necessitate a rethink? Read the rest of this entry »

The Not So Clear Cut Link Between Mouthwashing and Heart Attacks

January 27, 2014

According to the Mail on Sunday, mouthwashes are a major health hazard. I’m not convinced. Read the rest of this entry »

The Science Behind the DNA Weight Loss Diet

January 13, 2014

I have now read the pdf on the science behind the DNA diet. I am now thinking that there may be something to it but that something is a little underwhelming and referring to advice based on it as “individually tailored” is a bit of a stretch. Read the rest of this entry »

DNA-Tailored Diets? I Don’t Think So!

January 8, 2014

It’s January so once again the dubious diet aids are being wheeeled out. The latest is a diet and exercise regime tailored to your DNA. This story has appeared in the Daily Mail and Metro as well as the Manchester press though currently the Daily Mail link is broken (I have emailed them about it) and it does not appear on the Metro’s website. Read the rest of this entry »

Strange Attempt to Link Bad Science to a Suicide

January 7, 2014

A blogger appears to be blaming the Bad Science forum for a suicide. Read the rest of this entry »

2013 in review

January 1, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A Sixth Year of Steam

December 31, 2013

This will be a somewhat shorter than usual post as I’ve not blogged since May so there’s not so much on which to report.

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Homeopathic PANDAS Trial

May 14, 2013

The homeopath Alan Freestone is proposing a trial to develop a homeopathic treatment for PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Diagnosis Associated with Streptococcal Infections). Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my opinion of homeopathy but we might all learn something from a properly conducted trial. Properly conducted. Aye, there’s the rub. Read the rest of this entry »


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