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Homeopathy: It Fries Your Brains

Posted in Pete's Wicked Blog by Skepdude on September 10, 2009

Skepdude says – Is this for real? Can anyone else confirm this sort of “instructions” is the norm in homeopathic junk?


In the recent months, I have been somehow exposed to the “art” of homeopathy via various channels. It was astounding to see a person, who in all other ways seems to be very rational, being pulled into the world of this woo without a shred of critical thinking. I guess, one thing I saw being confirmed is the fact that in desperate moments of our lives, we can abandon reason and venture into some really weird territories.

One bonus of me being exposed to this situation was the fact that I received a copy of the instructions on how to take the “prescribed” homeopathic “medicine”. In this particular case, the treatment was applied as part of the traumatic brain injury recovery.

The whole treatment was comprised of a few steps:
1. Interview, which seemed to me more like a cold reading, because it asked about various aspects of life, not related to the illness itself.
2. Purchase (for a rather steep price, given that you only get water) of a “medication”, specifically formulated to help with the condition, as determined by the interview.

Now, take a look at the instructions and all the BS found in them:


Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on September 10, 2009

Skepdude says – Gotta love the PayPal thing. Hilarious!

Under the banner of CAM, a handful of these practitioners also advertise that they can communicate with spirits and heal with crystals, colors or sounds; they practice healing touch (reiki) and distance healing (via PayPal!); provide spiritual counseling and ministerial services, and make implausible medical claims such as healing a chronic condition with just one needle!

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British woman photographs fairy…or so she thinks

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on September 10, 2009

So this woman thinks she has photographed a fairy in midair flight. (British accent)  Saucy! Pardon me I have to chuckle a bit, ’cause that’s the effect I get from reading such nonsense. So what’s the famed photo? Here it is:


So what are we looking at here? Who the hell knows for sure! It appears it is something that is either a source of light or is simply reflecting the flash of the camera (or it is a cheap photoshop job, but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt that the image has not been altered in any way).

Why fairy? Well it appears to have a head, two legs and arms and two wings, so of course it must be a fairy! Unfortunately while everything else is pictured in pretty good detail, such as the leaves of the tree behind the thing, the thing itself is very vague and no details are visible, which implies the thing was in fact very close to the camera when the flash went of and as such the image is quite out of focus. Now, if it was close to the camera it must have been pretty tiny, otherwise it would look huge in the picture. So final verdict as far as I can tell…drum roll….it’s an insect caught in the flash of the camera.

Here’s a telling quote from the woman that took the photograph:

Mrs Bacon, 55, said she was not even looking through the camera at the time she took the picture.

Instead she simply clicked the button while holding it at arm’s length out of the back door while chatting with relatives in her kitchen after dinner.

She held the camera at arms length and snapped a photo. But she did not see the thing until it showed up in the photo, which only supports my hypothesis of a tiny bug. Now why someone would snap a picture of an empty backyard at night for no reason is beyond me and I won’t even try to explain that. It must be a British thing!