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Girl set alight for wearing lipstick

Posted in News by Skepdude on October 21, 2008

An 11-year-old girl has been set on fire by a relative in India’s northern city of Jaipur for wearing lipstick and being inappropriately dressed.

Police say the girl suffered burns over 90 per cent of her body and her chances of survival are bleak.

They’ve arrested her great uncle who allegedly poured kerosene on the girl and set her alight yesterday.


Puncturing the Acupuncture Myth

Posted in Science Based Medicine by Skepdude on October 21, 2008

“Alternative” medicine is by definition medicine that has not been scientifically proven and has not been accepted into mainstream scientific medicine. The question I keep hearing is, “But what about acupuncture? It’s been proven to work, it’s supported by lots of good research, more and more doctors are using it, and insurance companies even pay for it.”

It’s time the acupuncture myth was punctured – preferably with an acupuncture needle. Almost everything you’ve heard about acupuncture is wrong.

To start with, this ancient Chinese treatment is not so ancient and may not even be Chinese! From studying the earliest documents, Chinese scholar Paul Unschuld suspects the idea may have originated with the Greek Hippocrates of Cos and later spread to China. There’s certainly no evidence that it’s 3000 years old. The earliest Chinese medical texts, from the 3rd century BC, don’t mention it. The earliest reference to “needling” is from 90 BC, but it refers to bloodletting and lancing abscesses with large needles or lancets. There is nothing in those documents to suggest anything like today’s acupuncture. We have the archaeological evidence of needles from that era – they are large; the technology for manufacturing thin steel needles appropriate for acupuncture didn’t exist until 400 years ago.


Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on October 21, 2008

Religion doesn’t help us lead a moral life, religion doesn’t help dirty old priests keep their hands to themselves, religion doesn’t make people less likely to commit crimes, religion doesn’t….and the list goes on. Abstinence and celibacy simply does not work. Going against basic biology does not work. People who still think that sexual abuse is not a problem among supposedly ‘celibate’ and sex-deprived clergy need to get their heads out of their anal cavities and start confronting reality.

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