Skeptic Fails and Wins this Week

Gentle touching key when chiropractors treat babies
This article supports the claims by some chiropractors that spine adjustments can treat colic and other issues in babies. The article throws in a few snippets challenging these claims, but fails to ask the chiropractors any tough questions. They did find one medical doctor to say that the treatment is safe. Is that really the only doctor they could find to go on record? They also threw in a couple token comments about there being NO EVIDENCE for these treatments, but clearly didn’t think that fact was worth more real-estate in the article.

A vestige of the 18th century
Homeopathy hasn’t changed much since the days of blood-letting. So why are people still buying it?
The National Post ran this win submitted by some members of Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism at the Centre for Inquiry, including two of our own, Mitchell and Michael. I love how they chose to debunk homeopathy simply by explaining what it actually is. It’s amazing how many news stories on homeopathy fail to do this! Nice work guys.

Plunder Funnel!
The folks at The Consumerist made this fantastic parody video of those annoying get-rich-quick infomercials.

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  • Melany Hamill

    Melany proudly uses the titles of both geek and nerd. As a science-enthusiast and fan of debate, Melany likes to get her facts straight. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Since then her career path has meandered to its current spot as a project manager at a video game studio. Melany lives near beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. She is not seeking treatment for her caffeine addiction.