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Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on September 28, 2009

Dear Skepfeeds readers. I am  very happy to announce that I have reached my goal of achieving 50 regular subscribers. I want to thank all of you that have signed up to my RSS and have made this happen.

Now my goal is to try and double my regular readership by 12/31/2009. Your homework is the following: plug Skepfeeds on Facebook, Twitter or other similar websites and urge your friends to subscribe to my RSS. Furthermore, if you have a blog of your own, write a two line entry telling your readers what, if anything, you like about Skepfeeds and why they should subscribe as well.

As an incentive to you, anyone that goes ahead and does this will be the lucky recipient of positive vibes which I will be sending your way telepathically.

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School girl dies shortly after receiving cervical cancer vaccine

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on September 28, 2009

BBC reports that a 14-year-old girl has died “shortly after the girl had received her HPV vaccine in the school.” An autopsy has not yet been performed to determine the exact cause of death, but expect the anti-vax woo woos to leap at this opportunity to trash vaccines in general. Obviously it is too early to know exactly what happened so a dismissal of a vaccine connection to this event, or a conclusion that the vaccine is responsible, are unwarranted and cannot be supported by the facts that have been made public. Both sides, us and the anti-vax woo woos should wait before proclaiming one way or another. But something tells me the woo woos do not play by this rule. We’ll see what happens.

Egypt anger over virginity faking

Posted in News by Skepdude on September 28, 2009


A leading Egyptian scholar has demanded that people caught importing a female virginity-faking device into the country should face the death penalty.

Abdul Mouti Bayoumi said supplying the item was akin to spreading vice in society, a crime punishable by death in Islamic Sharia law.

The device is said to release liquid imitating blood, allowing a female to feign virginity on her wedding night.


Prison time for homeopath parents that let their daughter die of eczema

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on September 28, 2009

People love to use the “its a harmless belief” excuse whenever they find themselves in a corner defending some non-evidence based belief, such say….oh I don’t know, homeopathy? However, it is not true that these beliefs are harmless. It is not true that they have no side effects. Because when such beliefs are adhered to in matters of health, and are preferred over established, science based medicine, death occurs.

You may remember a while ago reading in this blog about the little girl who died of eczema at nine months of age, a non fatal disease if treated with real medicine, because her parents choose homeopathy instead, even as her conditions got worse and even as it became obvious that the homeopathic potions were not producing the desired results. The parents were found guilty and now news comes out that they have been sentenced to prison time, 6 years for the father, 4 for the mother.

I do not know how to feel about this story. I am a bit torn, because obviously these parents did what they thought was best for their daughter. I do not think there was an intention to hurt her in their part. But they were negligent when the choose to ignore many warnings and advice to seek real medical help which could have easily saved this little girl’s life. They were taken in by the woo woo, the father was himself a homeopath who really believed in his “craft” to the point of letting his little girl die instead of getting help. But they did make choices that resulted in a young life ending prematurely, so….

I am not happy that this is happening, I’d much rather prefer this sort of thing never happened.