Archive for the ‘Ben Goldacre’ Category

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…)

La Prairie, Bad Science and Conspicuous Consumption

April 15, 2012

Since Ben Goldacre stopped writing his weekly science column for the Guardian, it seems to me that more bullshit ‘science’ is creeping in. Take this item on rip-off Britain. I refer to the section wherein one Rachel Simmonds attempts to justify La Prairie selling a skin cream for £656. For a 50ml bottle. (more…)

Detox Footbaths Make A Comeback

December 27, 2011

In his book “Bad Science”, Ben Goldacre refers to a ‘detox’ footbath in which you put your feet in a bath of salt water and an electic current passed through the salt water suposedly causes ‘toxins’ to be sucked from your body. The mark client can see the water turning a yucky brown colour so if s’he knows no chemistry s/he is going to believe that the brown stuff is indeed toxins. In fact it is a complex salt produced by electrolysis causing a reaction between the salt solution and the electrodes and will be produced without anyone’s feet in the bath. I produced a similar effect with two 9V batteries in series and a couple of steel nails as electrodes. A similar treatment is still on sale. (more…)

Deflecting Criticism 1 – Legal Threats

November 28, 2011

So you’ve got some sweet deal going – might be alternative medicine, might be hi-fi tweaks. Whatever it is, some twat of a journalist or blogger is pointing out holes in your scientific arguments and suggesting that your product is not as good as you say. This could be a threat to your income stream. What do you do? (more…)

The GMC Owes Stuart Jones An Apology

November 26, 2011

If anyone ever wondered why ‘Jonas’ chose to make his complaint about Dr. Sarah Myhill to the GMC ‘anonymously’, then they are now being answered by the extemist wing of the CFS/ME activist movement. (more…)

The Guardian Misses The Point

June 23, 2011

AsthmaGate at the Guardian seems to be gathering pace. Regretably Tim Lusher still does not appear to see the problem. (more…)

Osteopathy Infomercial In The Guardian

June 14, 2011

Yesterday’s Guardian carried a puff-piece for osteopathy which was so obviously a free advert for Ben Katz the “London Osteopath” that it prompted me to write to the Life & Style editor at to complain. Here is the text of my email: (more…)

Cult Medicine

May 4, 2010

[BPSDB]I do not recall hearing anything about Doctor Sarah Myhill until I read this thread on the Bad Science forum. In the opening post forum member Jonas expressed some concerns about information on Dr Myhill’s website and added that he had reported it to the General Medical Council. (more…)

The Society of Homeopaths Still Do Not Get It

February 22, 2010

[BPSDB] The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has has recommended that the NHS should no longer fund homeopathy and that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency should ban medical claims on homeopathic remedies. I am not going to blog about that as it has been done already, such as here. What I am going to blog about is the all too predictable head-in-the-sand attitude of the Society of Homeopaths. (more…)

Validating Woo

February 21, 2010

[BPSDB]I recently made a Freedom of Information request to the University of Westminster via the What Do They Know website, for documents relating to the decision to offer the Diploma in Qigong Tuina. These are the documents I received as a result. (more…)