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Not for the faint of heart-this is the harm

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on August 21, 2009

Here we go again addressing the stupidest question that ever was “What’s the harm. Let them belive!”. This is the harm. This reading is not for the faint of heart. There is nothing that affects me more than children being hurt. This really ruins your day, but it must be read, just as a reminder that there’s good reasons why we do what we do.

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12 things you need to know about psychics-Skepdude style

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on August 21, 2009

I love the Examiner. It gives me so much material for my blog. Here’s the latest thing I came across, “The 12 things you need to know About Psychics”. Let’s examine it and critique it, Skepfeeds style.

1) A psychic is just like you, everyone is born psychic.

Ha, sure why not! Step one, kiss up to the people bringing the green in.

2) A psychic loves the same things just as you do. To be with family, friends, reading a good book, getting their hair done, a walk in the park.

With one small exception: commitment to reality and mental well being.

3) A psychic works with their intuition.

Oh, is that what they’re calling it these days?

4) A psychic may also have a part-time or full-time job working in main stream public.  Not all psychics work ful-time as a psychic.

There’s only so much gullibility to go around I guess. We can only support so many John Edwards and Van Praghs.

5) A psychic may use tools, astrology, birth times and zodiac symbols, Angel oracles cards or tarot in their readings with you.

Right, whatever made up bullshit toys to mesmerize the gullible.

6) A psychic is not a medium.

Why do they feel the need to make this distinction? Do they not ***gasp*** believe in mediums?

7) A psychic gives to you what they feel and know at that moment of time.

Right and they usually “feel” they have to give you lots of guesses for you to latch on.

8) Not all psychics work in integrity, get to know the psychic before going to see them for a reading.

Right, there are some quacks out there that give all psychics a bad name. Hmmm, now if only we could find a real psychic!

9) Not all psychic believe in angels & spirit guides.

Yeah, I guess different psychics specialize in different kinds of bullshit!

10) A psychic is not an individual to live your life by, but can assist you in your life to live.

Of course not, it’s just an individual to waste your time and money on.

11) A psychic should never ask you for huge sums of money to get rid of negative energy or bad karma. No one can… but you. Even if they sense it, they can only guide you as you are the only one who can get rid of anything negative.

Sure, they can only ask for huge sums of money to tell you you’ve got a problem, but only you can fix it, so don’t come crying to me if you can’t. It’s your fault!

12) A psychic might wear lots of jewelry or crystals, but do not be fooled to thinking they are any different, as they love beautiful things just like you.

Right on! Open up with butt kissing close with ass kissing! Wow, now I have a completely different attitude towards psychics.

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Stupid quote of the day

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on August 21, 2009

Acupuncture works by placing long thin needles at specific points all over the body. This will stimulate blood flow, therefore increasing the amount of oxygen that is delivered around your body and the number of toxins that are flushed out. These points are known as acupoints and have been used for thousands of years to help cure all sorts of ailments. But when it comes to smoking acupuncture is so effective because it deals with the main reason that most people smoke in the first place, stress. Experts claim that acupuncture has a success rate of around 85 and 90%, which would make it one of the most successful procedures for helping people quit smoking. The procedure helps relax the mind and releases endorphins in the body. These endorphins will give you an enhanced feeling of wellbeing and will block out any of the negative feelings associated with withdrawal symptoms. – Who else???

Homeopathy gets trashed again…this time by the WHO

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on August 21, 2009

The WHO has had enough of the magical water “treatments” and it is warning people to stay away from it.

People with conditions such as HIV, TB and malaria should not rely on homeopathic treatments, the World Health Organization has warned.

This seems to have been started by a group called Voice of Young Science Network which seems to be part of, or affiliated with, Sense About Science the good folks fighting it out in Simon Singhs corner about his troubles with chiropractic woo woo! What’s the response of the homeopathetics?

However practitioners said there were areas where homeopathy could help.

No shit!

Udpate to my CAM and pregnancy entry

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on August 21, 2009

A commenter pointed me to the PubMed abstract of the study that showed a 30% decrease in pregnancy and live birth rates for women that use complementary fertility treatments. I have updated the original entry to incorporate this new info! My conclusion may surprise someone outside of the skeptical movement. Don’t be surprised folks. We don’t have an agenda here, only a committment to getting to the bottom of things.