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Skepdude on Twitter

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 16, 2009

Skepdude has finally joined Twitter. You can find me by searching for Skepdude on Twitter or at http://twitter.com/Skepdude. You will also see a widget posting my latest Twitter updates on the right hand side on this blog also titled “Skepdude on Twitter”.

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Homeopathic “medicine” maker gets FDA warning

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 16, 2009

As reported at the Wall Street Journal Blogs:

The FDA just warned consumers to stop using certain Zicam Cold Remedy products designed to be used in the nose. The agency said it has received more than 130 reports of loss of smell associated with the use of the products, which are available without a prescription.The warning letter the agency sent to Matrixx Initiatives, which sells Zicam, illuminates a corner of the health-care world we don’t often mention on the blog: homeopathy.

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Zicam is marketed as a “homeopathic medicine.” As the FDA’s warning letter makes clear, “many homeopathic drug products are manufactured and distributed without FDA approval.” But, the letter adds, the agency can intervene when there’s evidence a homeopathic drug may pose a risk to consumers. That’s what it’s doing in this case.

I guess Zicam was not diluted properly right? Well on the bright side, if Zicam caused anosmia—the loss of sense of smell—then diluting it further should cure it right? Would you really put it past homeopaths to do this? It may sound far fetched but it could very well happen. After all whatever causes the disease cures it as well. They just need to take the existing Zicam, superdilute it, and come up with more “potent” solutions and sell them at a higher price. It’s genius!

Crop Circle moronics

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 16, 2009

Crop circles are beautiful, don’t get me wrong; they are great pieces of art. But some morons want to see more than that. They want it to mean other stuff. Some people think they are proof that aliens are visiting us. As  wrong as that has been shown to be, it’s not the worst offender. This is the worst offender:

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The 400-foot design was discovered in a barley field in Yatesbury near Devizes and depicts the mythical phoenix reborn as it rises from the ashes.

Investigators claim more formations are referencing the possibility of a cataclysmic event occurring on December 21, 2012, which coincides with the end of the ancient Mayan calendar.

The Mayans believed civilisation exists within a series of earth cycles of 144,000 days each with the 13th expiring in December 2012, resulting in Armageddon.

Crop circle enthusiast Karen Alexander, from Gosport, Hants, said: “The phoenix is a mythical creature which symbolises rebirth and a new era in many cultures across the world.

“Within the crop circle community many believe the designs are constantly referring to December 21 and its aftermath.

The community needs a reality based spanking.

Skeptify this poll

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 16, 2009

Help PZ skeptify this poll:

Are you in favour of same-sex marriage in Australia?

Yes 44%
No 55%

Skeptify brothers and sisters. Skeptify!

French prosecutor seeks dissolution of Scientology

Posted in News by Skepdude on June 16, 2009

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT “REUTERS”

PARIS (Reuters) – A French prosecutor on Monday recommended a Paris court should dissolve the Church of Scientology’s French branch when it rules on charges of fraud against the organization.

Registered as a religion in the United States, with celebrity members such as actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology enjoys no such legal protection in France, where it has faced repeated accusations of being a money-making cult.

The Church’s Paris headquarters and bookshop are defendants in a fraud trial that began on May 25. Summing up her views on the case, state prosecutor Maud Coujard urged the court to return a guilty verdict and dissolve the organization in France.

The Church of Scientology denies the fraud charges and says the case against it violates freedom of religion.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT “REUTERS”

AMA’s new policy on anti-aging hormomes

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 16, 2009

In their latest Annual Meeting the American Medical Association, adopted a new policy with regard to the use of hormones for anti-aging purposes:

Use of hormones for anti-aging procedures: Despite the widespread promotion of hormones for anti-aging, the scientific evidence to support these claims is lacking. In some cases, evidence suggests that long-term use of a particular hormone has more risks than benefits. Hormones reviewed by AMA include human growth hormone, testosterone, and estrogens with and without progestins.

Today, the AMA passed policy to inform physicians, policy makers and the public of the current scientific evidence on the use of hormones for anti-aging. Proponents of any hormone or other substance for anti-aging have the responsibility to prove that claims are scientifically valid.

Somebody tell Suzanne Somers and Oprah…PRONTO!

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The Simon Singh Song

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 16, 2009

Thanks to Skepchick for pointing us to the Simon Singh song by Dale Williams over at Derivation Probability. Here’s a snipet. Go to Derivation Probability for the full thing.

The Guardian’s reply was if you wish,

Write a response for us to publish.

The BCA refused to.

And said it’s not you we’re gonna sue.

It’s that Simon guy we require

For defamation we will go and hire

A lawyer who will not tire.

An apology we do desire.

So my, my, our Simon the guy.

It may deflate yer someday later

But don’t break down and cry.

We’re all behind you and there’s a simple reason why,

Because our law has gone badly awry.

Our law has gone badly awry.

It’s come to something when you can’t

Freely criticize or have a rant

Without fear of being sued.

And having to be the one to prove

That your statement was indeed all true

Instead of their unsubstantiated view.

Well we know that you are in the right.

And we’ll back you in this awful fight.

Which will affect not only you

So we signed a petition or two.