Alternative Medicine

Ozone Therapy Debunked – Part 1

April 25, 2017 // 11 Comments

One of the scariest things I have ever experienced happened to me as I was running to shelter from a storm in Pennsylvania. It was the summer of 2012 and I was in the middle of a wood trying to light a campfire when, without warning, the heavens opened. Luckily for me and the people I was with, shelter was not far away and we all began to run towards it. As we did, I started to get a strange feeling on my arms as if something was tugging at my hair. I stopped to look and saw that my hair, even [...]

Unbelievably Dangerous Woo

December 21, 2014 // 3 Comments

I have seen a lot of uneducated people here on the internet promoting dangerous woo that has the potential of doing real harm. Everything from suggesting that cancer sufferers should try Ozone therapy, to promoting the idea that HIV can’t be transmitted through heterosexual sex. But unbelievably, I have found something that makes these two examples pale in comparison. One so brain numbingly stupid and unbelievably dangerous that even the morons at Natural News, who originally published the [...]

Why the Plural of Anecdote is not Data

February 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

By: Gavin Giles, Twitter A common theme when I see bad science on the TV or internet is the personal testimony pitch – for me, this holds about as much water as a bucket with no bottom, but not everyone knows why anecdotes do not count as evidence. When talking to people about alternative medicine or psychics, I always get told “but it worked for me, how can you explain that?” It can be explained very easily actually – if I went around to a large enough number of people and [...]

Myles Vs Hoefkens – Homeopathy

February 16, 2011 // 2 Comments

Can Homeopathy cure Chlamydia, Migraines, Infertility School phobia, etc? In short NO, in long NOOOOOOOO! Meet Gemma Hoefkens who became a registered homoeopath after she was diagnosed with cancer, tumours in her brain and down her spine. She clames that Homeopthy and Homeopthy alone cured her and not the Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy or the medication she was put on. Hoefkens Original [...]