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The Crack-Baby Myth…Apparently

In an occurrence of “link drift”, I stumbled upon an interesting article at ThinkProgress. Yes, sites like that are usually heavily biased, but looking past that I found some very interesting research.

Tennessee Arrests First Mother Under Its New Pregnancy Criminalization Law“. Well, obviously, nobody makes it a crime to be pregnant, except maybe the Chinese because of their One Child policy. But this isn’t China, this is Tennessee, and a Conservative state like that is usually making laws against ending pregnancy, not being pregnant, so my curiosity was piqued. Read More…

Dr. Oz and the Senate Hearing

Wow, someone making loads of money selling bogus weight-loss products. How unsurprising. What IS surprising (to me, anyway) is that so many seem so very surprised by it. “Why would you do this?” asks Sen. McCaskill from Missouri. Ye$, I wonder why.

But why does it make so many people rich to sell bogus weight loss? Because, as Simon and Garfunkel said, “a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest“. That’s why it is important to be skeptical and not engage in wish-thinking. How do you lose weight? Consume fewer calories than you take in. You don’t have to eat dramatically less, but you have to start doing more. Are there foods or products that will help with this? Undoubtedly. But when you’re hoping that a “magic bullet” will do all the work for you, that is wish-thinking.

While I’m happy that he is getting a chewing for knowingly selling bogus goods, yet he is not the only one to blame–not by a long-shot.

Generation RX

If anyone has read this blog much, you’ll know I’m fairly anti- anything that has to do with a conspiracy. I’m also fairly pro- modern medicine and science.

This video, however, has certainly made me think. Obviously, the world is run by people, and people can be (usually are) Corrupt and Evil. IF THIS VIDEO IS ACCURATE then this is certainly a prime example.

Of course, even if true, this does not mean I’m planning to eschew all science and medicine and start using Homeopathy and Tea for all my illnesses; but if true it is a good example of the need to be skeptical–why are ADD rates hundreds of times higher in the US than other developed Western nations?

I’m hoping for a fair bit of discussion on this one…

Facebook Falacy #1–Walnuts

Hi there everybody! (Hi Dr. Nick!)

I have been busy on another blog and haven’t had the time/energy to do this one as much as I would like, but here is a quick post that is, I think, perfect. I hope to make it a regular feature.

There are always posts on facebook that have nothing to do with how someone is feeling–some of these are music videos, or web comics, or whatever else.

And sometimes they are news stories.

Some of these news stories are more, shall we say, accurate, than others. As the title suggests, this new series will cover some of those iffy, though popular, posts. Read More…

To Vaccinate, or not to Vaccinate

That is today’s question.

I was brought up in a strict fundamentalist christian sect that taught “no vaccinations” on account that one should rely on God for their healing, not on man’s medicine. Now, however, being out of that, and having just had a Son (welcome to the world, Bryce!), I’m facing this question: to vaccinate, or not to vaccinate? Read More…