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How can you tell it from make believe?

How can you tell it from make believe?

I once overheard a conversation between a couple of friends about how to know what medications to take.  They were musing about how in an ideal world there would be a council of elders who would be the custodians of that sort of knowledge and if you were sick you’d go to them and they’d tell you.  The assumption seemed to be that there was some innate wisdom required and somehow this council would know what to do – better...

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Organic Food. It’s good for the environment. Right?

Organic Food.  It’s good for the environment. Right?

Better for the Environment Well, now we’re getting onto firmer ground. It’s pretty widely acknowledged that there is little, if any, taste or health benefit to organically grown food.  While that is at odds with popular belief and personal experience (a friend wrote to tell me that “oohs” and “aahs” only happen when the food is organic and local and never when purchased through a supermarket), this seems...

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Organic food. It’s gotta be better for you. Right?

Organic food. It’s gotta be better for you. Right?

 Organic food is healthier. It stands to reason. If you don’t use  chemical fertiliser and pesticides the end result has simply got to be healthier – for you and me and the environment.   And besides, everyone knows that organic food is just better for your body.  End of story – I might as well end this post right here. But maybe we need to examine this just a bit.  While the taste differences between organic and...

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Organic tastes better?

Organic tastes better?

Everyone knows it.  It really goes without saying.  Organic is just better, more wholesome, healthier, more flavourful, better for the environment. What’s not to like?  It’s just better.  No pesticides, no herbicides, nothing bad of any sort. Ever.  We all know it.  No one questions it.  So I suppose it must be true. But, in the dark night of my skeptic dreams I wonder.  Is it true?  Is there any reason for it to be true? Does...

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The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Saga. Part 3: Tenpenny Returns

The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Saga. Part 3: Tenpenny Returns

Dr. Tenpenny on Vaccines is back on Facebook.  If you don’t partake in Facebook I suppose you won’t be able to see what she’s up to, but she has websites as well.  Feel free to look her up on the innerwebs.  Tenpenny Integrated Medical Centers, the page for her business where she offers up all manner of unscientific therapies, has also returned.  They are both up and running, though feeling just a bit more sedate than...

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The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Mystery. The Saga Continues.

The Craig Egan/Tenpenny Mystery. The Saga Continues.

  I just saw the following in a Facebook post. I just got a call at work from the FBI. The agent asked me if I knew who Dr Tenpenny was and if I was “trolling” her page. I explained the best I could and offered full cooperation.  If that was me I would be describing a moment of shitting myself.  The FBI. Is calling me. Why is the FBI calling me? Shit. But it turns out that writer went by the name of Craig Egan.  Yesterday...

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The tale of Craig Egan, the mythological scourge of the anti-vaccine crowd.

The tale of Craig Egan, the mythological scourge of the anti-vaccine crowd.

Image from http://www.cover4face.com/ Not long ago, say about 6 weeks, there was a Facebook page called Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children (PPUC). Its purpose was to celebrate having children who were unvaccinated so as to trade suggestions and advice about how to keep kids unvaccinated. That advice ranged from merely misinformed to utterly bizarre. It was a hotbed of conspiracy theory, new age, libertarian, pseudo-science, outright...

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