Articles by Myles Power

About Myles Power (715 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

Laetrile (B17) – The History of the Quack Cancer Cure That Will Give You Cyanide Poisoning

March 31, 2019 // 1 Comment

The story of Laetrile is not one about the suppression of a known cancer cure by multinational pharmaceutical companies, scared that their profits will be affected if the general population finds out, as many Laetrile/apricot kernel proponents preach. It’s the story of how two con men with a history of selling bogus cure-alls to critically ill people patented a compound that is known to release hydrogen cyanide in the body so that they could make money off people dying from [...]

Laetrile (B17) – The Quack Cancer Cure That Will Give You Cyanide Poisoning

March 24, 2019 // 2 Comments

This blog post and subsequent video is based on ‘The Rise and Fall of Laetrile’ on QuackWatch.org.  Modern medicine is better today than it has ever been, yet, paradoxically, the use of complementary and alternative treatments are becoming more prevalent. It is now not uncommon to see multiple alternative health stores on the high-street selling a plethora of products; all of which have very little, if any, evidence to prove their effectiveness. Whilst most of these quack stores offer [...]

The Great Non-GMO Project Verification Swindle

February 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Did you ever wonder why products with the Non-GMO Project label don’t say “contains zero GMOs” or “GMO-free”? It’s because the company doesn’t want to mislead the consumer!!! According to the Non-GMO Project’s own project standards, a product can be contaminated with up to 5% and still have a Non-GMO Project Verified label slapped on the side of it. Call me crazy, but surely the amount of GMOs allowed in a product with a label that says “Non-GMO Project Verified” should be [...]

The Non-GMO Project EXPOSED!!!

February 24, 2019 // 5 Comments

Whether on a box of cereal, carton of eggs, or on the side of a chocolate bar, labels like “organic”, “free-range”, and “gluten free” are everywhere these days. They are, at least according to the manufacturers, there to help consumers make an informed decision when it comes to their purchases. One label that recently has seen a meteoric rise in usage is the “Non-GMO Project Verified” label, which identifies a product as not containing a genetically modified organism. At [...]

Is Atrazine Turning The Freakin’ Frogs Gay!? – #3

February 17, 2019 // 1 Comment

What do you do when you are called out on your bullshit? When someone asks to see the raw data that your dubious claims are based on? This was one of many problems facing the American biologist and professor of Integrative Biology, Tyrone Hayes, in the early 2000s. At the time, Hayes was a member of a panel of experts conducting studies for a company called Novartis (later Syngenta) on the safety of one of their herbicides, atrazine. He claimed to have found that the herbicide was negatively [...]

Is Atrazine Turning The Freakin’ Frogs Gay!? – #3

February 10, 2019 // 3 Comments

What do you do when you are called out on your bullshit? When someone asks to see the raw data that your dubious claims are based on? This was one of many problems facing the American biologist and professor of Integrative Biology, Tyrone Hayes, in the early 2000s. At the time, Hayes was a member of a panel of experts conducting studies for a company called Novartis (later Syngenta) on the safety of one of their herbicides, atrazine. He claimed to have found that the herbicide was negatively [...]

Trying Medical Quackery Sold on Amazon

January 31, 2019 // 1 Comment

I am the proud owner of a rather unusual collection of weird and wonderful examples of pseudoscientific products. Although I am sure most of you think that I am wasting my money on this bad-science-personified, the truth is I get an enormous sense of enjoyment from trying to understand the creator’s point of view and outlook on life. My collection ranges from the ridiculous, like my kitty chakra healing set, to the flat-out dangerous, like my copy of ‘The Case Against Condoms’ and [...]

Why Does Greenpeace like Butterflies?

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

In the past, I have asked what appears to be, at first glance, two very silly sounding questions toward Greenpeace. Why do they like watermelons? And why do they like grapefruits? As nonsensical as these questions sound, they are, in my opinion, the most important ones to be asking the organisation right now. This is because they show Greenpeace’s opposition to GMOs to be based on ideology, ignorance, and fear, and not a concern for the environment. They show that their position isn’t just [...]

Why Does Greenpeace like Butterflies?

January 13, 2019 // 2 Comments

In the past, I have asked what appears to be, at first glance, two very silly sounding questions toward Greenpeace. Why do they like watermelons? And why do they like grapefruits? As nonsensical as these questions sound, they are, in my opinion, the most important ones to be asking the organisation right now. This is because they show Greenpeace’s opposition to GMOs to be based on ideology, ignorance, and fear, and not a concern for the environment. They show that their position isn’t just [...]

Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers – FULL VIDEO

January 6, 2019 // 1 Comment

In 2009 Canadian-born director and producer, Brent Leung, released the film ‘House of Numbers’. The documentary consists of interviews with scientists and AIDS denialists discussing the link between HIV and AIDS, the severity of AIDS in South Africa and, unbelievably, whether or not HIV exists at all. Brent claims that the documentary gives an “objective examination of the idea the HIV causes AIDS” but nothing could be further from the truth in this sneakily edited piece of propaganda. [...]

The Quack That Wants You to Drink Hydrogen Peroxide

December 31, 2018 // 3 Comments

  Pseudoscience is everywhere – on daytime television, on nearly every organic food label, and, most of all, online. Here, due to the lack of any real legal consequences, quackery is rampant and showing no sign of slowing down or going back to the dark ages where it belongs. The industry is becoming so massive and lucrative that it is spawning its own cottage industry made from its own victims. These once duped chumps have now become the self-proclaimed health experts and they seem to be [...]

The Quacks That Wants You to Drink Hydrogen Peroxide

December 29, 2018 // 3 Comments

Pseudoscience is everywhere – on daytime television, on nearly every organic food label, and, most of all, online. Here, due to the lack of any real legal consequences, quackery is rampant and showing no sign of slowing down or going back to the dark ages where it belongs. The industry is becoming so massive and lucrative that it is spawning its own cottage industry made from its own victims. These once duped chumps have now become the self-proclaimed health experts and they seem to be [...]

Is Atrazine Turning The Freakin’ Frogs Gay!? – #2

December 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

An American biologist and professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes believed he found a link between the reduction of size of the muscle surrounding the vocal cords of tadpoles and the herbicide atrazine. Hayes published his findings in the paper, ‘Hermaphroditic, demasculinized frogs after exposure to the herbicide atrazine at low ecologically relevant doses’, which caused a panic in the agrochemical world, as the paper showed that the [...]

Bolivia’s Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni) – Myles Away from Home

December 12, 2018 // 1 Comment

Watching the sunset over the Bolivian Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni). I remember being totally awestruck and taken back by this almost perfect mirror. Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world’s largest salt flat, at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea [...]

Is Atrazine Turning The Freakin’ Frogs Gay!? – #2

December 10, 2018 // 2 Comments

As I said in my previous blog post, the story of the gay frogs, at its core, is the story of how lazy journalists helped charlatans to become victims so that they can circumvent the scientific method and directly scare the public. It’s a story that started with the publication of research that showed a herbicide negatively affected amphibian development, and ended with sexually explicit and harassing emails, withheld research, unrepeatable results, and outlandish conspiracies. It’s the [...]