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Random act of stupidity

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on May 31, 2009

Not specifically related to skepticism, but I had to share. A 25 year old Egyptian guy has cut off his own penis to “spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family”. Now I don’t know much about Egyptian culture, but wouldn’t going ahead and marrying the girl over his family’s objections a better, and less painful way, of spiting his family? And don’t nobody even try to make this sound romantic, the stupid overshadows any traces of romanticism.

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Is the Discovery Institute giving up it’s “we’re not creationists” BS?

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on May 31, 2009

You and I know that Intelligent Design is in fact nothing but creationism re-branded for the 21st century. The Dover trial showed that unquestionably. But lately it seems that the Discovery Institute has been embracing the God wagon more openly. First they went and opened up their Faith and Evolution website. Now, William Dembski is advertising his new book titled “The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil Worldwhich hits stores soon. Now why would one of the most recognized faces of the Intelligent Design movement, which opposes every claim that they are creationists in disguise, write a book about God? You may think I’m reading too much into this, but I don’t think so. ID is creationism and the actions of the Discovery Institute as of late seem to betray that simple truth. Are IDers moving away from their vehement denial of their creationist nature? Are they finally being honest and accepting that their movement is not about academic freedom, it is not about teaching the controversy, it is not about science, but it is about introducing their specific religion to our school system? Or are they up to new tricks? Is this the natural progression of their Wedge Strategy? Only time will tell.

Cancer cure still eludes homeopathy

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on May 31, 2009

Simple truth continues to elude homeopathy enthusiasts

So let us do a quick recap: We still have no cure for cancer. Period! There are some treatments that help, but there is no cure. And neither does homeopathy. Let me say this loud and clear: Homeopathy does not have the cure for cancer, regardless what this PhD hopeful says.

Dr Syed Mahboob Alam, a doctor working towards his doctoral degree under the supervision of former Chairman of the University of Karachi (KU) Pharmacognosy Department Dr Mansoor Ahmed, has discovered that various types of cancer could be treated by administering herbal medicines to the patients in the homeopathic system. It was usually perceived before this research that there was no cure for cancer in allopathic or homeopathic system of medicine.

Ok so we have a doctor working towards his doctoral degree (whatever the hell that means!) who thinks he’s figured out the homeopathy can cure some types of cancer. I want more details of course, this could possibly be earth shattering!

Alam has, to date, received 107 patients suffering from different types of cancer including throat, breast, mouth and bone cancer and has successfully treated 104 patients. Two patients withdrew and one died of the ailment. Out of 104 patients, 38 chose homeopathic system without seeking treatment elsewhere, while 66 patients turned to Alam after becoming disillusioned with other systems of treatment.

Successfully cured 104 patients. Out of 107! That translates to a success rate of about 97%! That’s fantastic news. I honestly wish this would be true, since then my close relatives that are living with cancer could be cured.

Alam and Ahmed conducted the clinical studies at Dr Nadir Homeopathic Hospital, Super Highway, Hussaini Institute of Alternative Medicine, Old Hussaini Blood Blank opposite Nishtar Park, and Sindh Medical Centre, Hilal-e-Ahmer, Clifton, Karachi. Ahmed told The News that they have opened Al-Murtaza Homeopathic Hospital in Ancholi Society to treat the patients for research and humanitarian purpose.

What a load of horse shit! So they did their “clinical studies”, and went straight to open their own clinic to treat for “research and humanitarian purpose”? Smells like quackery to me! You know what they say, if they walk like quacks, talk like quacks, they most likely are quacks.

Alam claimed that cardiac disease is number one ailment in the world followed by cancer. “More specifically we can say that there is no complete cure of cancer in the allopathic system of medicine. However, we have the cure of cancer by herbal medicines through homeopathic system. These drugs act when they are administered to the patient in diluted form. They inhibit the cancerous cells and provide immunity against unwanted physiological process. The treatment can be administered regardless of age, intensity and period of disease,” said Alam while explaining the treatment process.

No douche bag you don’t. There is no cure for cancer and you do not have the cure “of cancer by herbal medicines through homeopathic system”. You have no cure, and I challenge you to prove me wrong. For the sake of humanity show a hard headed, naysayer, unbelieving skeptic wrong! You’d be doing me, my family and millions of other people a huge favor by proving that I am an arrogant skeptic. I hope you are able to do that.

In most cases the patients are unaware that they have been victim of cancer. It only comes to light when they (patients) grudgingly come to the doctors to get treatment. By that time it is already very late. “Herbal medicines work like magic,” Ahmed said. He hinted that in this clinical study, 106 diagnosed cases of cancers of different types were studied and in majority of the cases, the standard allopathic treatment that is surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy had failed; homoeopathic treatment was then compared to surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Ahmed let me share a secret with you: Herbal medicines are magic. Yep, because when the herb actually works it is made into a medicine, it does not remain herabl for too long. There is not alternative versus conventional medicine, there is only working medicine and non-working medicine period.

Conclusion

Dr Syed Mahboob Alam has not presented anything to substantiate his claims. He has not shown the homeopathy works at all, let alone cure cancer.  His so-called, clinical studies have not been presented, all this seems to be is a couple of quacks, who want in to the sCAM money train, who make fantastical claims to lure people into their newly opened clinic. I predict that the famed study of theirs will never see the light of day, it will never be published in any reputable medical/cancer journals, it will never be replicated, and that these two bozos will continue making their claims so long as people keep coming through their clinic’s front doors. We’ve seen this happen too many times before to hope it will play out any differently. But, as I said, there is nothing that will please me more than these guys showing my armchair skepticism to be wrong.