16 January 2013

BBC South West on the evils of homeopathic "vaccines"

Sam Smith presents an investigation of homeopathic "vaccines" (14th January 2013, BBC South West, Inside Out). The pills contain nothing whatsoever, but are promoted for serious infections like whooping cough and even meningitis. Of course they don't work, and if a child dies because if their use, that should constitute manslaughter.

As far back as 2006, homeopaths were caught out recommending their sugar pills for prevention of malaria. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/5178122.stm
Even Peter Fisher, the Queen's homeopathic physician (that isn't a joke) said that the practice made him "very angry"

The MHRA (Medicines and Health regulatory Authority) has been warned about this for many years by bloggers, and even by a BBC Newsnight programme, but it has done nothing. Neither has the General Pharmaceutical Council. These expensive bodies have failed shamefully in their duties.

The Department of Health has done nothing either. On the contrary, they have hindered efforts to ensure honesty.

14 January 2013

"The Future of Skepticism Online: Crowd-Sourced Activism" - TAM 2012

Skeptic blogs and podcasts are plentiful and excellent, but often end up "preaching to the choir" of the already skeptical. Are there ways to use other online tools to reach out to the general public? Tim Farley of WhatsTheHarm.net and Derek Colanduno of "Skepticality" give you the answer in this workshop from TAM 2012.