Hello skeptifans! Are you all ready to celebrate Festivus? I’ve started compiling my list of grievances to air. Needless to stay, some of those grievances involve the lack of critical thinking in news reporting. Here are the Fails and Wins for this week.
Schools study wireless networks Radio waves used in internet connections are a cause for concern for some parents
First of all, that is exactly how the headline reads. I think it’s meant to be two sentences. David found this Fail in Medicine Hat news. Two parents expressed concern over Wi-fi in a local school, and so the Medicine Hat Catholic School Division hired an outside consultant to measure radio frequencies during class, and after class when students were “turning on their cellphones’. They are awaiting the results of the investigation. I’m sure this cost a lot of money for that school board.
Science, the cruel stranger
Lorne found this win in the Globe and Mail. It’s an interesting piece on how science differs from other belief systems. Read it and let me know what you think.
U.S. cracks down on dangerous supplements
Erik found this story at the CBC. There is a dangerous trend happening with herbal medicine. More and more of these supplements are found to contain undeclared pharmaceuticals. Health Canada has issued several advisories this year, and the US is facing similar problems. The FDA has started working with trade organizations to crack down this. The next time you get a spam email promising all natural male enhancement, or an all-herbal weight loss pill, it’s probably chock full of good ol’ fashioned pharma.
Boost your immunity with these flu fighters
I bet you could tell this was a Fail right from the title. Two pages of things like Vitamin C and Echinacea are listed as “immune boosters” to help prevent flu. You know what’s not on the list? The freakin’ flu shot! FAIL.
Mom defies doctor, has baby her way
New mom Jodie sent in this Fail from CNN. An american woman was pregnant with her fourth child, and had been advised to have a C-section because she had several risk factors that could make vaginal birth dangerous. Instead of listening to her doctors, she listened to a documentary by Ricki Lake. Luckily her child and her made it through a home birth safely, but does that mean this woman should be treated like a hero?
Nothing to fear but WiFi and fluoride
Connie found this Win in Macleans. It’s a great article about the fear that many people seem to have of science and technology that causes hysteria over things like fluoridated water and cellphone towers. It’s nice to see a story treat these topics as what they are…unfounded conspiracy theories.
That’s the Fails and Wins this week folks! All I want for Christmas is more links, so send me some at links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.