Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

Hi Skeptifans. I can’t believe December is almost here! 2010 will be over in a flash. Thanks for all of your support this past year.

Gynecologists debunk hormone therapy scare
David found this win in the Vancouver Sun. This article on hormone therapy to treat the symptoms of menopause gets down to the facts. There is a risk associated with hormone therapy, but is that risk enough to completely write-off this treatment? Lorne spotted the same article in an Edmonton paperĀ here.

MS patient regrets his ‘liberation’ therapy
Roger sent in this article. The story is about a Canadian man who traveled to India to receive the controversial ‘liberation therapy’ for MS. After the very painful and risky procedure, his symptoms have not improved and he has been left with more risks to his health than before. This is of course just one anecdote. But then again, so far the evidence that liberation therapy works is only anecdotal. I hope that all of the various politicians pushing to fund trials for this procedure will hear these stories and understand why it is important not to jump in and start subjecting people to risky surgery.

Why Wi-Fi from on high?
Art found a couple of good articles on the Wi-Fi “controversy” that have a skeptical bent. It’s a nice change from so many credulous stories that take anecdotal evidence from concerned parents groups as real facts. This story from Peterborough Ontario is interesting. Looks like the schools will be monitoring the “electromagnetic levels” in the classroom to help quell parents’ fears about wi-fi. It seems like a waste of money and time, but I look forward to seeing how that approach works.

That’s the Fails and Wins for this week! If you spot a skeptical win or a credulous fail, please send it to me at links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.

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