Archive for the ‘health’ Category

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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.


Is It a Bomb Detector? No, It’s a Diagnostic Tool!

February 26, 2013

The Guardian has once again demonstrated that science and technology should be reported by specialist journalists, not whoever just happens to be around. Patrick Kingsley, thier Egypt correspondant has reported on an Egyptian device that supposedly remotely detects hepatitis C. (more…)

Magic Drinking Water Bottle

January 10, 2013

It seems that the alkali diet fad has generated a Far-Eastern spin-off – a plastic bottle that allegedly ‘alkalises’ whatever is put in it and retails for £19.75. Twenty quid might seem a bit steep for a plastic bottle but according to its sellers, this bottle works miracles. (more…)

When Is Additive-Free Not Additive-Free?

January 3, 2013

It’s January so the diet industry will be gearing up to sell its products to over-indulgers. One such company is MXI, purveyors of xocai chocolate. And this is their offering, a natural cold pressed product with no preservatines or additives. Hmmm. (more…)

A Fifth Year of Steam

December 30, 2012

My fifth year of blogging has proved interesting in that it has supplied evidence that I’m getting under the skin of one of the dodgy characters I write about. I’m not talking about the personal abuse and snarky comments posted by homeopaths, scenar salesmen and UCKG mouthpieces but someone stealing my name to use in the url of his sales blogs. (more…)

Deflecting Criticism – Accusing the Critic

November 16, 2012

The internet rants of live blood analyst Errol Denton have prompted me to resume my survey of the methods used by quacks to deflect criticism. As the title of this posts suggests, one method is to accuse the critic of something more reprehensible than the behaviour of the quack. (more…)


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