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    Descriptive info: .. badscienceblogs.. AGGREGATING THE BEST OF THE BLOGS ON SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE.. home.. |.. about.. forum.. contact.. Subscribe E-mail or RSS.. Monday, 31st December.. Majikthyse.. 2012 in review.. By.. majikthyse.. The WordPress.. com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.. Here s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt.. Everest in 2012.. This blog got about 7,500 views in 2012.. If every person who reached the top of Mt.. Everest viewed this blog, it would have.. full post.. Sunday, 30th December.. Letting Off Steam.. A Fifth Year of Steam.. jaycueaitch.. 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.. Saturday, 29th December.. Left Brain Right Brain.. Last chance to participate: UJA Adults with Autism Survey.. Sullivan (Matt Carey).. SFARI looks back at 2012 autism research.. San Diego mother pleads guilty in the drowning murder of her autistic son.. Friday, 28th December.. San Diego Family accuses caregivers of abuse.. Wednesday, 26th December.. What has become of Autism Science Digest?.. Monday, 24th December.. Andrew Wakefield, who sparked the unjustified MMR controversy, wins the Golden Duck Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to quackery.. Saturday, 22nd December.. Bad Science.. Interview on missing trials with the Institute for Clinical Research.. Ben Goldacre.. Alex Plank at CNN.. com: Leave autism out of mass shootings.. Bloomberg: Autism Cures Promised by DNA Testers Belied by Regulators.. Friday, 21st December.. IACC Press Release: Statement of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Related to the Sandy Hook Tragedy.. Thinking Is Dangerous.. Pod Delusion: MAYA-POCALYPT-AGEDDON! (but I feel fine).. Dr* T.. IACC conference call this week.. Thursday, 20th December.. DC's Improbable Science.. Abuses of genomic screening, advertising on the BBC and a shocking legal threat.. David Colquhoun.. Jump to follow-up It must be admitted that the human genome has yet to live up to its potential.. The hype that greeted the first complete genome sequence has, ten years on, proved to be a bit exaggerated.. It s going to take longer to make sense of it than  ...   Mother with Asperger Syndrome Grieves Sandy Hook Elementary Victims.. Saturday, 15th December.. Autism Speaks: Statement on Newtown, Connecticut.. About badscienceblogs.. badscienceblogs is an aggregation of the best writing about science and its abuses, distortions, absurdities and corruption.. Also, its humour and colourful characters.. We write about how science is portrayed in the media, how it is used and abused by commercial interests and how it is hijacked and impersonated by fraudsters and the deluded.. 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    Descriptive info: Home.. about.. What is Badscienceblogs?.. Badscienceblogs is an aggregation of the best writing about science and its abuses, distortions, absurdities and corruption.. We hope it is fun.. There is a distinct UK flavour (whatever that is) but not exclusively.. We aim to be irreverent, honest, occasionally funny, and first with the stories that the media do not pick up.. We welcome comments - please go to the original sites.. We also welcome new writers.. Contact us here.. Rules for Joining Badscienceblogs.. If you are writing a blog with a theme that fits in  ...   frequently, but if you have not written in anything in a couple of months we may remove your feed.. Don t be abusive, stupid or unfunny.. Make sure you hav links on your site pointing back here (ways of doing this are given below).. Publicise and Link to Badscienceblogs.. Please put links to us on your web site.. Here are some suggestions:.. Button.. Include this button on your site (it will link to here).. Use this HTML on your web site.. a href= http://www.. badscience.. net/ img src= http://www.. badscienceblogs.. net/wp-content/themes/linoluna/images/banner/bsblogs.. gif / /a..

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    Descriptive info: http://www.. net.. Aggregating the best of the blogs on science and pseudoscience.. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:35:26 +0000.. http://wordpress.. org/?v=2.. 6.. 1.. en.. http://majikthyse.. wordpress.. com/2012/12/31/2012-in-review/.. com/2012/12/31/2012-in-review/#comments.. com/?p=386.. ]]>.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17089.. http://jaycueaitch.. com/2012/12/30/a-fifth-year-of-steam/.. com/2012/12/30/a-fifth-year-of-steam/#comments.. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:09:53 +0000.. com/?p=866.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17087.. http://leftbrainrightbrain.. co.. uk/2012/12/29/last-chance-to-participate-uja-adults-with-autism-survey/.. uk/2012/12/29/last-chance-to-participate-uja-adults-with-autism-survey/#comments.. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 16:02:17 +0000.. https://lbrbblog.. com/?p=12323.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17086.. uk/2012/12/29/sfari-looks-back-at-2012-autism-research/.. uk/2012/12/29/sfari-looks-back-at-2012-autism-research/#comments.. 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Wed, 26 Dec 2012 05:08:27 +0000.. com/?p=12307.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17083.. uk/2012/12/23/andrew-wakefield-who-sparked-the-unjustified-mmr-controversy-wins-the-golden-duck-lifetime-achievement-award-for-his-contribution-to-quackery/.. uk/2012/12/23/andrew-wakefield-who-sparked-the-unjustified-mmr-controversy-wins-the-golden-duck-lifetime-achievement-award-for-his-contribution-to-quackery/#comments.. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 23:02:46 +0000.. com/?p=12304.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17082.. net/2012/12/interview-on-missing-trials-with-the-institute-for-clinical-research/.. net/2012/12/interview-on-missing-trials-with-the-institute-for-clinical-research/#comments.. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 19:46:13 +0000.. net/?p=2758.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17081.. uk/2012/12/22/alex-plank-at-cnn-com-leave-autism-out-of-mass-shootings/.. uk/2012/12/22/alex-plank-at-cnn-com-leave-autism-out-of-mass-shootings/#comments.. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 18:43:01 +0000.. com/?p=12302.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17079.. uk/2012/12/22/bloomberg-autism-cures-promised-by-dna-testers-belied-by-regulators/.. uk/2012/12/22/bloomberg-autism-cures-promised-by-dna-testers-belied-by-regulators/#comments.. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 17:12:48 +0000.. com/?p=12300.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17080.. uk/2012/12/21/iacc-press-release-statement-of-the-interagency-autism-coordinating-committee-iacc-related-to-the-sandy-hook-tragedy/.. uk/2012/12/21/iacc-press-release-statement-of-the-interagency-autism-coordinating-committee-iacc-related-to-the-sandy-hook-tragedy/#comments.. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 19:29:06 +0000.. uk/?p=12296.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17078.. http://thinking-is-dangerous.. blogspot.. com/2012/12/pod-delusion-maya-pocalypt-ageddon-but.. html.. html#comments.. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:49:00 +0000.. tag:blogger.. com,1999:blog-96088503557170302.. post-7716749175737145592.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17077.. uk/2012/12/21/iacc-conference-call-this-week/.. uk/2012/12/21/iacc-conference-call-this-week/#comments.. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:37:16 +0000.. com/?p=12295.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17076.. dcscience.. net/?p=5718.. net/?p=5718#comments.. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:53:58 +0000.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17075.. uk/2012/12/19/a-multicenter-blinded-analysis-indicates-no-association-between-chronic-fatigue-syndromemyalgic-encephalomyelitis-and-either-xenotropic-murine-leukemia-virus-related-virus-or-polytropic-murine-leukem/.. uk/2012/12/19/a-multicenter-blinded-analysis-indicates-no-association-between-chronic-fatigue-syndromemyalgic-encephalomyelitis-and-either-xenotropic-murine-leukemia-virus-related-virus-or-polytropic-murine-leukem/#comments.. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 04:14:29 +0000.. uk/?p=12287.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17074.. uk/2012/12/18/people-searching-for-answers-terms-leading-people-to-left-brainright-brain-articles-about-newtown/.. uk/2012/12/18/people-searching-for-answers-terms-leading-people-to-left-brainright-brain-articles-about-newtown/#comments.. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:10:44 +0000.. uk/?p=12279.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17072.. uk/2012/12/17/calif-threatens-to-shut-down-sonoma-disability-center-amid-patient-abuse/.. uk/2012/12/17/calif-threatens-to-shut-down-sonoma-disability-center-amid-patient-abuse/#comments.. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:17:49 +0000.. com/?p=12276.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17073.. Autism, Empathy, and Violence: Aspergerâ s Does Not Explain Connecticut Shooting.. uk/2012/12/17/autism-empathy-and-violence-aspergers-does-not-explain-connecticut-shooting/.. uk/2012/12/17/autism-empathy-and-violence-aspergers-does-not-explain-connecticut-shooting/#comments.. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:17:15 +0000.. com/?p=12275.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17069.. uk/2012/12/17/aap-opposes-worldwide-ban-on-thimerosal/.. uk/2012/12/17/aap-opposes-worldwide-ban-on-thimerosal/#comments.. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:51:00 +0000.. uk/?p=12262.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17070.. Autism Rights Group: Aspergerâ s Does Not Explain Newtown School Massacre.. uk/2012/12/17/autism-rights-group-aspergers-does-not-explain-newtown-school-massacre/.. uk/2012/12/17/autism-rights-group-aspergers-does-not-explain-newtown-school-massacre/#comments.. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:49:57 +0000.. com/?p=12273.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17071.. uk/2012/12/16/aane-statement-on-the-tragedy-in-newtown-ct/.. uk/2012/12/16/aane-statement-on-the-tragedy-in-newtown-ct/#comments.. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 19:35:31 +0000.. com/?p=12260.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17068.. uk/2012/12/16/my-sympathies-and-apology-to-the-good-people-of-newtown-connecticut/.. uk/2012/12/16/my-sympathies-and-apology-to-the-good-people-of-newtown-connecticut/#comments.. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 06:14:43 +0000.. com/?p=12257.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17064.. uk/2012/12/16/ari-autistic-global-initiative-committees-statement-on-the-newtown-ct-tragedy/.. uk/2012/12/16/ari-autistic-global-initiative-committees-statement-on-the-newtown-ct-tragedy/#comments.. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 05:51:06 +0000.. com/?p=12256.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17065.. uk/2012/12/16/grasp-statement-from-michael-john-carley-on-the-newtown-ct-shootings/.. uk/2012/12/16/grasp-statement-from-michael-john-carley-on-the-newtown-ct-shootings/#comments.. Sun, 16 Dec  ...   14 Dec 2012 17:51:28 +0000.. uk/?p=12233.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17051.. FDA issues warning letter: The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center 12/6/12.. uk/2012/12/14/fda-issues-warning-letter-the-judge-rotenberg-educational-center-12612/.. uk/2012/12/14/fda-issues-warning-letter-the-judge-rotenberg-educational-center-12612/#comments.. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:57:11 +0000.. com/?p=12232.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17048.. MPs write to Public Accounts Committee to request action on hidden trials and Tamiflu.. net/2012/12/mps-write-to-public-accounts-committee-to-request-action-on-hidden-trials-and-tamiflu/.. net/2012/12/mps-write-to-public-accounts-committee-to-request-action-on-hidden-trials-and-tamiflu/#comments.. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:29:14 +0000.. net/?p=2742.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17049.. False claims by Stephen Whitehead and Deepak Khanna of the ABPI.. net/2012/12/dreary-false-claims-by-stephen-whitehead-and-deepak-khanna-of-the-abpi/.. net/2012/12/dreary-false-claims-by-stephen-whitehead-and-deepak-khanna-of-the-abpi/#comments.. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:56:04 +0000.. net/?p=2737.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17047.. The journal Nature hosts autism supplement.. uk/2012/12/14/the-journal-nature-hosts-autism-supplement/.. uk/2012/12/14/the-journal-nature-hosts-autism-supplement/#comments.. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:00:22 +0000.. uk/?p=12229.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17046.. Comparison of Healthcare Experiences in Autistic and Non-Autistic Adults: A Cross-Sectional Online Survey Facilitated by an Academic-Community Partnership.. uk/2012/12/13/comparison-of-healthcare-experiences-in-autistic-and-non-autistic-adults-a-cross-sectional-online-survey-facilitated-by-an-academic-community-partnership/.. uk/2012/12/13/comparison-of-healthcare-experiences-in-autistic-and-non-autistic-adults-a-cross-sectional-online-survey-facilitated-by-an-academic-community-partnership/#comments.. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:57:27 +0000.. uk/?p=12211.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17044.. Win.. Parliamentary Sci Tech Committee announces official inquiry into missing trial data.. net/2012/12/win-parliamentary-sci-tech-committee-announces-official-inquiry-into-missing-trial-data/.. net/2012/12/win-parliamentary-sci-tech-committee-announces-official-inquiry-into-missing-trial-data/#comments.. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:44:57 +0000.. net/?p=2729.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17042.. UJA Adult with ASD Survey: the time is now to let yourself be heard.. uk/2012/12/11/uja-adult-with-asd-survey-the-time-is-now-to-let-yourself-be-heard/.. uk/2012/12/11/uja-adult-with-asd-survey-the-time-is-now-to-let-yourself-be-heard/#comments.. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:50:15 +0000.. uk/?p=12214.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17041.. Interagency Autism Coordinating Committeeâ s (IACC) Conference Call.. uk/2012/12/11/interagency-autism-coordinating-committees-iacc-conference-call/.. uk/2012/12/11/interagency-autism-coordinating-committees-iacc-conference-call/#comments.. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 04:00:01 +0000.. com/?p=12212.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17040.. Which Congressman Is Blocking Bill That Would Protect Kids with Autism?.. uk/2012/12/11/which-congressman-is-blocking-bill-that-would-protect-kids-with-autismssman-is-blocking-bill-that-would-protect-kids-with-autism/.. uk/2012/12/11/which-congressman-is-blocking-bill-that-would-protect-kids-with-autismssman-is-blocking-bill-that-would-protect-kids-with-autism/#comments.. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:06:42 +0000.. uk/?p=12205.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17039.. Politics win over the rights of the disabled: The CRPD.. uk/2012/12/08/politics-win-over-the-rights-of-the-disabled-the-crpd/.. uk/2012/12/08/politics-win-over-the-rights-of-the-disabled-the-crpd/#comments.. Sat, 08 Dec 2012 07:00:11 +0000.. uk/?p=12195.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17038.. NCD Statement on Failed CRPD Ratification Vote in the Senate.. uk/2012/12/07/ncd-statement-on-failed-crpd-ratification-vote-in-the-senate/.. uk/2012/12/07/ncd-statement-on-failed-crpd-ratification-vote-in-the-senate/#comments.. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:30:01 +0000.. uk/?p=12193.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17037.. Senate Rejects UN Disability Treaty.. uk/2012/12/04/senate-rejects-un-disability-treaty/.. uk/2012/12/04/senate-rejects-un-disability-treaty/#comments.. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:13:51 +0000.. uk/?p=12191.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17036.. From Bad Pharma to Worse.. com/2012/12/04/from-bad-pharma-to-worse/.. com/2012/12/04/from-bad-pharma-to-worse/#comments.. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:40:52 +0000.. com/?p=377.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17035.. Missing Family With Suicide Pact Due To Autism Costs.. uk/2012/12/03/missing-family-with-suicide-pact-due-to-autism-costs/.. uk/2012/12/03/missing-family-with-suicide-pact-due-to-autism-costs/#comments.. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 05:09:59 +0000.. com/?p=12189.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17034.. DSM 5 has been approved.. uk/2012/12/01/dsm-5-has-been-approved/.. uk/2012/12/01/dsm-5-has-been-approved/#comments.. Sat, 01 Dec 2012 23:46:37 +0000.. com/?p=12186.. net/?feed=rss2 p=17032..

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    Descriptive info: Author Profile:.. Biography.. Email the author.. Publications.. Posted in.. syndicated.. on 31 December 2012.. Stats: and.. Comments Off.. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get [.. ].. on 4 December 2012.. In the process of writing a more substantial article for CRFocus (journal of the Institute of Clinical Research), I asked the president of the Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry for his perspective on the ABPI s media statement in response to Dr Ben Goldacre s `Bad Pharma.. This is just a quick post to report how [.. Is Pharma all Bad?.. on 22 October 2012.. As many readers will know (do I have many readers?) most of my working life has been spent with Big Pharma.. I make no apology for that.. It suits me, as it s science based, with a mission to benefit humanity at a profit.. So imagine my grief that a book such as Ben Goldacre s [.. Is the FDA Protecting Burzynski?.. on 25 April 2012.. And if so, why? Last night is had a phone call with Elisabeth Lee, Regulatory Counsel, Division of Information Disclosure Policy at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.. This was in relation to my request under the US Freedom of Information Act, which I submitted on 7th February.. Here is the text of my [.. Charity begins??where?.. on 17 April 2012.. I m not sure where it begins, but I m more than a little concerned at where it seems to be going.. I m sure you all know about the deeply embarrassing (for its patron) closure of the Prince s Foundation for Integrated Health, a charity which openly campaigned for alternative medical `treatments (charities are not supposed to campaign).. [.. Tell the GMC that we need Evidence Based Practice.. on 8 February 2012.. I have just responded to the GMC consultation on Good Medical Practice (GMP).. Staggeringly, the questionnaire does not ask about evidence based practice.. So I submitted this text in the `general section at the end.. Section 14b of the draft guidance states: “In providing care you must.. Provide effective treatments based on the best available [.. Now we know how Burzynski gets away with it.. on 14 December 2011.. Further to my questions put to Dr Constance Lewin at the FDA, I was greatly cheered to receive a reply on 12th December.. Well of course I didn t get the honour of a reply from the august Dr Lewin herself, but from Karen Mahoney, of Trade Media at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.. Craig versus Dennett ? a deliberately skewed debate.. on 12 December 2011.. As we approach the major quasi-religious festival of the western world, I am departing from my normal health care related mode to consider religious belief.. A short while ago a friend who is a Christian directed me to this recording of a lecture by the philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig, with a short reply [.. Ask the FDA to Inspect Burzynski Research Institute.. on 30 November 2011.. Why has this investigational site not been inspected by the FDA? I am going to write to the head of enforcement as follows: Constance Lewin, M.. D.. , M.. P.. H.. Branch Chief, Good Clinical Practice Branch I Division of Scientific Investigations Office of Compliance Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Food and Drug Administration Building 51, Room 5354 [.. Clinical Trials for Sale.. on 28 November 2011.. The net is alive with the case of The Burzynski Research Institute.. It s actually a very old story, but has had new life breathed into it by an article in The Guardian.. There is of course a very great deal that this article does not say.. At least the author makes it clear that the [.. A Contagion of Lunacy.. on 26 October 2011.. My mother always warned me about mixing with the wrong people.. They will lead you off the straight and narrow , she would intone.. That could not be more true in the case of our august drug regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).. That body has access to a wide range of advisers, [.. Regulatory Rigmarole.. on 28 August 2011.. I promised to update you if and when I heard anything concrete from the General Medical Council regarding its policy on evidence-based Practice.. Miraculously, after I drew the GMC s attention to my last post (which reported their deathly silence), the following hit my inbox: Thank you for your inquiries about evidence based practice.. Please accept [.. The political plot thickens.. on 3 August 2011.. Well I don t think it s really a plot, as that would suggest that  ...   a position of responsibility to be blind to biasses and canards never ceases to amaze me.. On 4th June last the Royal Society of Medicine hosted a symposium on `Integrated Oncology.. This was originally a three-day event, organised jointly by the RSM and the Prince s Foundation for Integrated Health, until [.. Peer review ? an update.. on 30 July 2010.. I am very happy to respond more fully to Liz Wager s comment here.. It seems that my message to COPE disappeared into the ether somehow.. I completed the contact form on the website, got confirmation that it had been received, and then nothing.. Technical problem? Not sure, but I can certainly trust Liz when she [.. A Plethora of Fallacies.. on 9 June 2010.. I am indebted to the moderately well known irrational American physician Dr Frank Lipman for drawing together most of the commonly held misconceptions about real medicine.. He writes regularly for a generally ethical and altrustic website, which naturally tends to attract a very wide range of views, sadly rather more irrational ones than I would [.. At last ? action from Trading Standards.. on 24 May 2010.. The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPR) were warmly welcomed by sceptics in the health care field, as it reversed the burden of proof hitherto enshrined in the old Trades Descriptions Act.. However so far I and others have been less than impressed by the vigour with which it is being enforced.. I [.. So is this peer review?.. on 27 April 2010.. I get invited to peer review papers for a few journals, and the process is usually well managed by the editors.. I have had to recommend outright rejection on rare occasions, and one of those was quite recently.. I was sent a manuscript by Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.. My slightly wicked sense of [.. How rational will your next MP be?.. on 19 April 2010.. It really is of little consequence which party forms the next government.. Of immensely greater importance are the thinking skills of the members of parliament.. You might not want to vote for anyone who supported Early Day Motion 1240 supporting the homeopathic hospitals in the NHS.. Supporters included such luminaries as Nick Clegg, Ian Gibson [.. A lack of insight??.. on 14 April 2010.. The worm has turned.. I and others have blogged about the venal behaviour of Boots the Chemists, and nothing has any effect.. So I am not shopping in their stores any more.. Last month I got a renewal notice for my contact lens contract, to which I replied thusly:.. I am responding to your renewal letter [.. Awarded for disservices to health care.. on 26 March 2010.. Last night I attended the official launch of the Society of Biology, of which I am a Fellow.. Whiling away some time before the event, I thought I should catch up with relevant reading, so went through the Society s journal `Biologist.. This contained an announcement of decorations received in the New Year s Honours by some [.. Check the cherries you pick ? they might be rotten.. on 16 December 2009.. My attention was belatedly drawn to the BBC News item in which the President of the Faculty of Homeopathy, Dr Sara Eames, claimed that there were over 100 clinical trials that provide good evidence that it works.. Sadly her opponent in the debate was well-meaning but very poorly informed.. The reality is that over 200 [.. The Three Amigos.. on 9 December 2009.. OK, I m a bit slow in commenting on the second oral evidence session of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.. At least the delay has allowed me to get my thoughts in order – and to calm down.. I have seldom seen three people looking less comfortable.. They all knew they were on [.. Evidence: It?s whatever you want it to be.. on 26 November 2009.. I have just sat through the an oral session for the evidence check on homeopathy, called by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.. Well I wasn t there in person, I watched it on the excellent video page.. You can still see it if you are quick.. Before I go on, aren t we all [.. Ancient Poppycock.. on 10 October 2009.. I write this in the departure lounge of Delhi International Airport, awaiting my flight home after visiting various hospitals around India.. This is the third time I have done this, so I feel at least slightly qualified to write about health care in this vast country.. It s a nation of huge contrasts.. I don t for [.. Older Entries..

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    Descriptive info: on 30 December 2012.. 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 [.. Deflecting Criticism ? Accusing the Critic.. on 16 November 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.. In this case, Denton accuses his [.. What Doctors Don?t Tell You ? the Magazine.. on 30 September 2012.. Yesterday I picked up a copy of a new magazine called What Doctors Don t Tell You which is clearly linked to the website of the same name.. If you think from the title that the contents would be full of alleged health secrets that the medical establishment are with-holding from you, you d be right.. This [.. Relative Forgetfulness.. on 15 August 2012.. Now that the Olympics are out of the way, I thought I d catch up on politics a bit.. Our misrulers are doubtless hoping we have all forgotten about the Leveson Inquiry but I for one have not.. Last month the BBC produced some numbers relating to the Inquiry.. Of interest to me was how often [.. Fallacious Conflation of Homeopathy and Herbalism.. on 15 July 2012.. The British Homeopathic Association has turned to celebrity endorsement of their sugar pills.. Presumably as a distraction from the lack of any real evidence that they work.. An interesting point about these endorsements: the slebs are all waving pretty flowers around and banging on about how natural homeopathy is.. Those who do not know how [.. Xocai, Norwegian Bloggers and the Streisand Effect.. on 2 July 2012.. Regular readers of this blog will know that I have debunked the health claims made by some for xocai chocolate and had run-ins with their marketeers as a result.. However, my iss ues with them pale into significance when compared to the experiences of some Norwegian bloggers: One blogger received this delightful missive: Hello.. More Measles Nonsense From Natural News.. on 8 May 2012.. In their eagerness to disprove the necessity of vaccination as an aid to public health, the writers of Natural News seem to have gone from misunderstanding and misinterpreting statistics to plain old making stuff up.. D.. Holt has this to say: Despite the introduction of the vaccine in 1968, the official policy in the UK [.. Oh dear, Doctor Jessen!.. on 2 May 2012.. In tonight s Evening Standard, Dr Christian Jessen examined the claims that mobile phones cause health problems and came to the conclusion that the only health issue firmly associated with mobile phones is an increased risk of car accidents for people who use mobiles while driving.. You just know there s going to be a but though, [.. A Xocai Salesman Doesn?t Seem to Like Me.. on 30 April 2012.. Someone by the name of Adam Paul Green has taken a keen, if not obsessive interest in my blog.. As will swiftly become clear, he s a Xocai chocolate salesman.. Here is an example in which he claims my blog is Highly undependable and has a low trustworthyness rating.. Actually, the statchecker page to which he [.. More On La Prairie?s Pseudoscience.. I was rather narked at Guardian Weekend passively accepting Rachel Simmonds pseudoscientific marketting claptrap at face value so I composed the following email: It is a pity your interviewer did not challenge the pseudoscientific gobbledygook and straight out inaccuracies uttered by La Prairie s Rachel Simmonds in her attempt to justify charging £656 for a 50 [.. La Prairie, Bad Science and Conspicuous Consumption.. on 15 April 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.. The high [.. Vegetarianism and Thyroid Problems.. on 5 April 2012.. At the weekend, the Scotsman on Sunday carried an article claiming that a posited increase in thyroid problems in Scotland was down to an increase in vegetarianism.. It claims that:- Experts believe a lack of iron from reduced red meat consumption and large amounts of soya in some vegetarian meals has contributed to the increase [.. Strikers? Demo, London 28 March 2012.. on 30 March 2012.. There s been a bit in  ...   January 2012.. A favoured tactic of people who are finding the evidence against them a little overwhelming and difficult to refute is to resort to an ad hom (from the Latin ad hominem to the man) attack i.. e.. attack the critic not the arguments s/he is making.. It has certainly been popular among some who post [.. 2011 in review.. on 1 January 2012.. com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.. Here s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people.. This blog was viewed about 31,000 times in 2011.. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 11 sold-out performances for that many [.. A Fourth Year of Steam.. on 31 December 2011.. It s New Year s Eve and time for my review of the year.. As usual, the dominant theme was health quackery of one form or another.. The year started with fisdkings of Mike Adams misunderstanding of the UK health care system here and here.. He also demonstrated his limited comprehension abilities in his misunderstanding of the [.. Detox Footbaths Make A Comeback.. on 27 December 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 [.. Professional Councils and the Chilling of Dissent.. on 22 December 2011.. It is hard not to take the verdict of the Health Professions Council s case against Stuart Jones as a warning to medical professionals not to raise criticisms.. Even if it was not intended, it is bound to have a chilling effect on whistleblowers.. To recap, the following complaint was made against him: During the course [.. Deflecting Criticism 1 ? Legal Threats.. 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.. The GMC Owes Stuart Jones An Apology.. on 26 November 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.. Before I start though, let us look at the meaning of the word anonymous as it is used here.. Dr Myhill s [.. Reprisal.. on 22 November 2011.. There has been a complaint made about one Stuart Jones to the Health Professions Council alleging that he Made disparaging and/or misleading comments on the website forum, ‘Bad Science’ about Dr XY*.. I understand that Stuart Jones post on the Bad Science forums as Jonas.. I do not recall him making any disparaging or misleading [.. Daily Mail Versus the HPV Vaccine ? Again.. on 15 November 2011.. The Daily Mail appears to be attempting to undermine the HPV vaccine program by means of an anecdote and the post hoc fallacy.. On Monday the front page carried the headline: Girl, 13, left in waking coma and sleeps for 23 hours a day after severe reaction to cervical cancer jabs Leaving aside the fact [.. The Abuses of Chelation Therapy.. on 13 November 2011.. Chelation therapy is a method of ridding the body of toxic elements such as lead and mercury.. It is a valid method that is misused by certain CAM practitioners.. It is a series of administrations of disodium ethylenediamminetetraacetate (which for obvious reasons is usually referred to as EDTA) and various other substances either intravenously or [.. Hair Analysis Metal Poisoning.. on 12 November 2011.. In my last post I discussed the CAM contention that metal poisoning is common and the scientific inaccuracies peddled, such as the claim that mercury poisoning causes autism.. Once you have been sold on the fear, you naturally want to check whether you yourself are poisoned.. CAM practitioners recommend hair analysis for this.. Unfortunately.. Heavy Metal Poisoning.. on 8 November 2011.. There seems to be a commonly held view in alt-med circles that many ills are due to heavy metal poisoning.. It will probably not surprise many readerts of this blog that Natural News pushes this view.. There is a lot to look at on that page; in this post I ll confine myself to examining the [..

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    Descriptive info: on 13 December 2012.. Questions in Parliament, and a briefing note on missing trials: updated.. on 23 October 2012.. Great article in Trials, on why regulators should stop withholding trial info from doctors and patients.. on 18 October 2012.. I did this talk at TEDglobal last year.. It s quite fast.. on 13 October 2012.. GSK have promised to share all trial data: should we trust them?.. on 11 October 2012.. The ABPI claims that all the problems in my book are historical.. This claim is simply untrue.. I did a new talk at TED, on drug companies and hidden data.. on 28 September 2012.. Here s the foreword to my new book.. on 25 September 2012.. Holy cow I just touched my new book!.. on 20 September 2012.. Here s our Cabinet Office paper on randomised trials of government policies.. Read it.. on 20 June 2012.. Is this the worst government statistic ever created?.. on 23 April 2012.. Is there statistical evidence of fraud in the Russian election data?.. on  ...   October 2011.. New edition of Testing Treatments , best pop science book on Evidence Based Medicine ever.. on 18 October 2011.. What if academics were as dumb as quacks with statistics?.. on 3 October 2011.. You might also enjoy my second blog.. on 29 September 2011.. Cherry picking is bad.. At least warn us when you do it.. Benford s Law: using stats to bust an entire nation for naughtiness.. on 23 September 2011.. Academic papers are hidden from the public.. Here s some direct action.. on 16 September 2011.. Brain imaging studies report more positive findings than their numbers can support.. This is fishy.. on 26 August 2011.. Sampling error, the unspoken issue behind small number changes in the news.. on 22 August 2011.. I made a documentary about cohort studies in epidemiology, on BBC Radio 4.. on 4 August 2011.. The golden arse beam method.. on 9 July 2011.. I m talking at Glastonbury, Saturday 1:30pm Free University in The Park! (Also SGP, Latitude ).. on 23 June 2011..

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    Descriptive info: Inkredulous : Episode 16.. on 19 November 2012.. Infant Colic - A Whole New World of Manipulating the Vulnerable.. on 25 July 2012.. QEDcon 2012: Inkredulous Podcast Episode 12.. on 3 June 2012.. What would you do if you were a celebrity Burzynski supporter?.. on 4 December 2011.. Bureau of Investigative Journalism - New ideas, old habits?.. on 16 November 2011.. Pod Delusion s LIVE Second Birthday.. on 16 October 2011.. Nexus Nonsense Photonizer phoolishness.. Pod Delusion: A Business Proposal Based on Levodyn.. on 2 August 2011.. Dr Kenzo Kase and Kinesio tape - The Observer advertorial enters an evidence-free zone.. on 11 July 2011.. Righteous Indignation - Sponsored by SouthofFranceDelusions.. fr.. on 28 June 2011.. Pod Delusion: Tim Harford Interview.. on 17 June 2011.. RI Podcast - Episode 89.. Horses for Courses.. on 20 April 2011.. BRAINMax - For  ...   November 2010.. A new strange type of Quarkery.. on 2 November 2010.. Can you help the MHRA make sense of UK homeopathy advertising?.. on 12 October 2010.. BLEACH: Chemistry v English (or More Mineral Miracle Solution ).. on 18 August 2010.. Pod Delusion: Miracle Mineral Solution.. on 13 August 2010.. Just Skeptics - Episode 5 - Research, media and beeeees.. on 20 June 2010.. Podcast Pimping: Righteous Indignation.. on 29 April 2010.. Podcast Pimping: InKredulous.. on 26 April 2010.. BCA drop libel case against Simon Singh - oh, you already knew.. on 16 April 2010.. Simon Singh wins libel appeal!.. on 1 April 2010.. MHRA powerless to stop unregistered medicines being sold in UK.. on 23 March 2010.. Righteous Indignation Podcast.. on 9 March 2010.. HA! Ha! Nelson s Natural World forced to change website by MHRA.. on 4 March 2010..

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    Descriptive info: on 20 December 2012.. It s going to take longer to make sense of it than was thought at first.. That s pretty [.. Some medicines that don?t work.. Why doesn?t the MHRA tell us honestly?.. on 20 November 2012.. Which? Magazine (the UK equivalent of Consumer Reports in the USA) has done it again.. They published an excellent article, Health products you don t need.. Most of the products in question, apart from Bach Rescue Remedy Spray, were not outright quackery like homeopathy or detox products.. Rather they were old-fashioned pharmaceutical products that were quite [.. Should my wife volunteer for Synexus osteoporosis trial?.. on 17 November 2012.. Jump to follow-up Synexus is The world s largest multi-national company entirely focused on the recruitment and running of clinical trials company that runs clinical trials and screening programmes.. I should say at the outset that I m deeply impressed by our local GP practice.. I can t imagine a better GP than mine; he has the ideal [.. Academic role model? Moi?.. on 26 October 2012.. Nobody could have been more surprised than I when I found myself nominated as an academic role model at UCL.. I had to answer a few questions, It is not obvious to me what the object of the stunt is, but the person who asked me to do it seemed to find the answers amusing, [.. Regulation of alternative medicine: why it doesn’t work, and never can.. on 15 October 2012.. Jump to follow-up The Scottish Universities Medical Journal asked me to write about the regulation of alternative medicine.. It s an interesting topic and not easy to follow because of the veritable maze of more than twenty overlapping regulators and quangos which fail utterly to protect the public against health fraud.. In fact they mostly promote [.. Ben Goldacre?s Bad Pharma.. Buy it now.. Then do something.. This is a very important book.. Buy it now (that link is to Waterstone s Amazon don t pay tax in the UK, so don t use them).. When you ve read it, do something about it.. The book has lots of suggestions about what to do.. Stolen from badscience.. net Peter Medawar, the eminent biologist, in his classic book [.. In which Simon Gaskell, of Queen Mary, University of London, makes a cock-up.. on 16 August 2012.. The row about redundancies firings at Queen Mary rumbles on.. I ve already written about it twice in Is Queen Mary University of London trying to commit scientific suicide?, and in Queen Mary, University of London in The Times.. Does Simon Gaskell care?.. But wait, there is more to come.. The harm done to teaching at [.. Queen Mary, University of London in The Times.. on 30 July 2012.. A lot of people from around the world ready my last post, Is Queen Mary University of London trying to commit scientific suicide?.. Nonetheless, the mainstream media reach a different audience.. They are still needed.. Oddly enough, the Guardian Higher Education section didn t seem very interested.. For a paper that publishes Polly Toynbee abd George [.. Is Queen Mary University of London trying to commit scientific suicide?.. on 29 June 2012.. Academic staff are going to be fired at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).. It s possible that universities may have to contract a bit in hard times, so what s wrong? What s wrong is that the victims are being selected in a way that I can describe only as insane.. The criteria they use are guaranteed [.. Bait and switch by herbalists, Chinese and Western.. on 10 June 2012.. Jump to follow-up Although many university courses in quackery have now closed, two subjects that hang on in a few places are western herbalism, and traditional Chinese medicine (including acupuncture).. The University of Westminster still runs Chinese medicine, and Western herbal medicine (with dowsing).. So do the University of Middlesex and University of East London.. Dr Michael Dixon of the ?College of Medicine? seems to admit that alternative medicine is a placebo.. on 26 May 2012.. Jump to follow-up Much has been written on this blog about Dr Michael Dixon, and about the College of Medicine , which is the direct inheritor of the mantle of the late, unlamented, Prince s Foundation for Integrated Health.. At the time of the foundation of the College it was stated that The College represents a new [.. The College of Medicine is in the pocket of  ...   (and at 58 min [.. The cruelty of the Burzynski Clinic must be stopped.. Come on, Marc Stephens, make my day.. Jump to follow-up The offering of quack cancer treatments at an exorbitant price is simple cruelty.. The nature of the Burzynski clinic has been known for some time.. But it has come to a head with some utterly vile threatening letters sent to the admirable Andrew Lewis, because he told a few truths about Stanislaw [.. Science, philosophy and religion: which best offers us the tools to understand the world around us?.. on 5 November 2011.. Jump to follow-up This was the title of a meeting organised by the Bristol University Atheist Agnostic and Secular Society on 1st November.. The meeting wasn t recorded, but here is (more or less) what I said.. I m not quite sure why I m here, because the fantasies of religion seem to me much like the [.. Why philosophy is largely ignored by science.. I have in the past, taken an occasional interest in the philosophy of science.. But in a lifetime doing science, I have hardly ever heard a scientist mention the subject.. It is, on the whole, a subject that is of interest only to philosophers.. It s true that some philosophers have had interesting things to say [.. The University of Wales disgraced (but its vice chancellor is promoted).. Jump to follow-up The University of Wales is to stop validating all external degrees at home and abroad.. and it has a new vice chancellor, Professor Medwin Hughes.. This has happened eventually, after years of pressure, first from bloggers, and then from BBC Wales.. That is a tacit admission that their validation procedures were useless, [.. University of Westminster shuts down naturopathy, nutritional therapy, but keeps Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.. on 17 August 2011.. There s been no official announcement, but four more of Westminster s courses in junk medicine have quietly closed.. For entry in 2011 they offer University of Westminster (W50) qualification Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture (B343) 3FT Hon BSc Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture with Foundation (B341) 4FT/5FT Hon BSc/MSci Complementary Medicine (B255) 3FT Hon BSc Complementary Medicine (B301) 4FT Hon MHSci Complementary Medicine: Naturopathy (B391) 3FT [.. Professor Geoffrey Petts of the University of Westminster says they ?are not teaching pseudo-science?.. The facts show this is not true.. on 11 August 2011.. On 23rd May 2008 a letter was sent to the vice-chancellor of the University of Westminster, Professor Geoffrey Petts Dear Professor Petts You may be aware an article by Zoe Corbyn, published in Times Higher Education 24 April 2008, with the title Experts criticise pseudo-scientific complementary medicine degrees.. The subtitle of the article was [.. Dr Elizabeth Thompson of Bristol Homeopathic Hospital finds that pills that contain nothing have no effect (not even placebo effect).. on 27 July 2011.. It is a good thing that clinical trials have to be registered, but is not good that there is no obligation to reveal the outcome.. Many are never published.. Nobody knows quite why they are not published but clearly it is a source of publication bias if results that somebody doesn t like, whether for financial [.. Apologists for Andrew Wakefield at Southampton University: a Russell group university teaching some dangerous nonsense.. on 3 July 2011.. Almost all the revelations about what s taught on university courses in alternative medicine have come from post-1992 universities.. (For readers not in the UK, post-1992 universities are the many new univerities created in 1992, from former polytechnics etc, and Russell group universities are the top 20 research-intensive universities) It is true that all the undergraduate [.. Half-baked nonsense in The Atlantic.. The Atlantic is an American magazine founded (as The Atlantic Monthly) in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1857.. It is a literary and cultural magazine with a very distinguished history.. It s contributors include Mark Twain and Martin Luther King.. So it was pretty exciting to be asked to write something for it, even with a 12 hour [.. Freedom of information reveals some unusual testimonials for the University of Westminster: when will Professor Geoffrey Petts do something about it?.. on 20 June 2011.. Universities, like most businesses, cite glowing testimonials from grateful students, I doubt whether universities are any more honest than anyone else in their choice of what to publish.. When I asked to see any letters that had been sent to the university, I was sent only one and extracts from it appear in the last [..

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