Archive for September, 2009

Water Woo

September 26, 2009

[BPSDB]We all know that homeopaths sell their marks patients sugar or water and claimm it contains the mystical memory of magical medicine. One Dr Batmanghelidj goes one step further and claims that water itself is a panacea. He is interviewed by Mike Adams, the self-styled “Health Ranger” here. (more…)

Greenpeace on Fusion

September 17, 2009

[BPSDB]In a debate about Greenpeace’s alleged predeliction for, shall we say, embellishing facts over on Bad Science, attention was drawn to this. Greenpeace oppose fusion research and think that the money being spent on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) would be better spent on renewable energy. That is their right but they do not help their case here. (more…)

Strontium Supplements

September 13, 2009

[BPSDB]The pill-pushers over at naturalnews are now telling us how wonderful strontium supplements are. This is a classical illustration of why you should not take health advice from supplement fans. (more…)

If Your Phone Doesn’t Get You, Your Microwave Will

September 7, 2009

[BPSDB]It is clearly time for scare stories about microwave radiation again. The “Body Matters” pages in the Monday 7 September issue (paper edition only. Not online for some reason) of the METRO carried a story by Yanar Alkayat headed “The hidden dangers in your pocket“. If that is not scary enough, alongside it is an X-ray photograph of someone using a mobile phone. The unspoken implication is that microwaves have similar effects to X rays, which is nonsense. (more…)

The Press and Public Health

September 5, 2009

What is driving the relentless antivax stance of Britain’s dead tree media and its onlone off-shoots? I ask because it seems to me that Fleet Street is becoming a menace to public health and I am assuming that spreading disease, misery and death does not appear on the mission statement of any newspaper. Although if it does they are complying with it brilliantly. (more…)

Simple Sums Stump Daily Mail Hacks

September 1, 2009

In their eagerness to bash public sector workers here, both the journalist and the sub-editor neglected to do some simple arithmetic that would have shown they were writing nonsense. (more…)