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Friday, 23 August 2019

American Loon #2232: Mary Helen Sears

Mary Helen Sears is a Michigan-based wingnut and, at least formerly, vice-chair of the Republican party for the 1st congressional district of Michigan. In 2014 she was also (unsuccessfully) a candidate for being Michigan’s representative on the Republican National Committee. At that point, she...

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Don’t let a chiropractor near your kids!

I have written about this more often than I care to remember, and today I do it again. Why? Because it is important! Chiropractic is not effective for kids, and chiropractic is not harmless for kids – what more do we need to conclude that chiropractors should not be allowed anywhere near them? And most […]

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Thursday, 22 August 2019

The role of placebo effects in mindfulness-based analgesia

An abstract from the recent ‘2nd OFFICIAL SIPS CONFERENCE ON PLACEBO STUDIES’ caught my attention. It is not available on-line; therefore let me reproduce it here in full: The role of placebo effects in mindfulness-based analgesia 1. Jonathan Davies. University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 2. Louise Sharpe. University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia. 3. […]

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The UK media report about my new book … and the Berlin wall

Yesterday, I had the honour and pleasure to present to the UK press my new book entitled ‘ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT OF 150 MODALITIES’. The SCIENCE MEDIA CENTRE had invited me to do a ‘media briefing’ on the occasion of its publication. I did this by outlining the background around so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) […]

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

American Loon #2231: Bob Sears

Bob Sears is a California-based celebrity pediatrician, initially famous for his promotion of attachment parenting but currently best known as one of the central figures in the antivaxx movement, notable for his unorthodox and potentially dangerous views on childhood vaccination. Though he...

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A framework for critical thinking

The journal NATURE has just published an excellent article by Andrew D. Oxman and an alliance of 24 leading scientists outlining the importance and key concepts of critical thinking in healthcare and beyond. The authors state that the Key Concepts for Informed Choices is not a checklist. It is a starting point. Although we have […]

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Monday, 19 August 2019

A new ‘self care tool kit’ by the ‘College of Medicine and Integrated Health’

The ‘College of Medicine and Integrated Health’ (CMIH) has been the subject of several previous blog posts (see for instance here, here and here). Recently, they have come up with something new that, in my view, deserves a further comment. The new ‘SELF CARE TOOL KIT’ began, according to the CMIH, in 2009 with a […]

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2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #33

Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review...

Story of the Week...

Assessing the Global Climate in July 2019

July was the warmest month on record for the globe

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The global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for July 2019 was the highest for the month of July, making it the warmest month overall in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. The year-to-date temperature for 2019 tied with 2017 as the second warmest January–July on record.

Global Significant Climate Events July 2019This monthly summary, developed by scientists at NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia, and the public to support informed decision-making.

Assessing the Global Climate in July 2019, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, Aug 15, 2019 


Toon of the Week...

2019 Toon 33 


Coming Soon on SkS...

  • Market Forces and Coal (Riduna)
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #33 (Doug Bostrom)
  • The North Atlantic ocean current, which warms northern Europe, may be slowing (Peter Sinclair)
  • Why German coal power is falling fast in 2019 (Karsten Capion)
  • What psychotherapy can do for the climate and biodiversity crises (Caroline Hickman)
  • 2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #34 (John Hartz)
  • 2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #34 (John Hartz)

Climate Feedback Claim Review...

 

[To be added.] 

 


Poster of the Week...

2019 Poster 33 


SkS Week in Review...  



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Sunday, 18 August 2019

American Loon #2230: Steven Seagal

More celebrity loons, and we suppose it comes as no shock to many that Steven Frederic Seagal struggles with reason, fact and comprehension. Seagal has been a lot of things, from martial artist, musician and aspiring politician to apologist for dictators, but is perhaps best known for a...

Read the full lunacy: #2230: Steven Seagal Encyclopedia of American Loons

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Leprosy: some homeopaths advise to treat it with homeopathy

Leprosy can be a devastating infection. But, since many years, it is treatable. The WHO developed a multidrug therapyTrusted Source in 1995 to cure all types of leprosy. It’s available free of charge worldwide. Additionally, several antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria that causes leprosy, e.g.: dapsone rifampin clofazimine minocycline ofloxacin   Yes, leprosy is treatable […]

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Reviewing a study of homeopathy. How do we best prevent pseudoscience from getting published?

Before a scientific paper gets published in a journal, it is submitted to the process of peer-review. Essentially, this means that the editor sends it to 2 or 3 experts in the field asking them to review the submission. Reviewers usually do not get any reward for this, yet the task they are asked to […]

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American Loon #2229: Patrick Scrivener

A.k.a. Noel Kilkenny Patrick Scrivener is an ostensibly Irish-born, incoherent, fundamentalist conspiracy theorist (we use “ostensibly” since we are unsure whether we can trust a word of what he says). Scrivener’s main schtick seems to be the belief that Catholicism is some sort of Satanic...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

So-called alternative medicine (SCAM) for disease prevention? PLEASE, DON’T BELIEVE THE FRAUDSTERS

… Many proponents of so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) are keen to point out that, while mainstream medicine may be good at treatment of diseases, particularly acute conditions, SCAM’s forte lies in the prevention of disease. Patients seem to have intuitively accepted this notion; a recent survey suggest that more than 50% of those Americans who […]

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American Loon #2228: Ben Scripture

J. Benjamin Scripture is a creationist with a PhD in Biochemistry (he is sometimes presented as having a PhD in biology, which is different). Since he has a PhD, he was eligible to sign the Discovery Institute’s silly petition A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism, but calling...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

World Federation of Chiropractic, Strategic Plan 2019-2022

The World Federation of Chiropractic, Strategic Plan 2019-2022 has just been published. It is an odd document that holds many surprises. Sadly, none of them are positive. As the efficacy and safety of chiropractic spinal manipulations, the hallmark treatment that close to 100% of all chiropractic patients receive, are more than a little doubtful, one would […]

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

American Loon #2227: Tamara Scott

Tamara Scott is the Iowa state director for Concerned Women for America, whose mission is to “protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens,” and member of the Republican National Committee. In addition, Scott has promulgated bigotry and delusion on radio and cable TV shows since 1998, and...

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HOMEOPATHY: A letter to all MEPs

As reported on this blog, the Spanish minister of health want to change the EU law that governs homeopathy. Now the INH has taken action in support of this idea: THE COMMENT … the Spanish government … no longer wants to accept the medicinal status of homeopathy, wants to ban homeopathy from pharmacies and has already “discontinued” […]

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Monday, 12 August 2019

John Dormandy (1937-2019)

John Dormandy was a consultant vascular surgeon, researcher, and medical educator best known for innovative work on the diagnosis and management of peripheral arterial disease. He had a leading role in developing, and garnering international support for, uniform guidelines that had a major impact on vascular care among specialists. The Trans-Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus on Management […]

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