Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

Hello Skeptifans. It’s a beautiful day for skeptical Fails and Wins.

MS vein blocking doubted

Erik and Lorne both sent in this story. Dr. Zamboni’s MS “Liberation” therapy was big news this year, with patients flocking to get the treatment despite the evidence being only preliminary. A new study has been published showing that the blocked neck veins seen in many MS sufferers may be a symptom of the disease, and not a cause. Perhaps treating this symptom may provide some relief to those with MS, or it could be dangerous surgery with little benefit. The jury is still out. However, evidence is mounting that “liberation therapy” is not a cure.

Confidence in natural health claims in decline: Survey

Connie sent in this Win. Sometimes it feels like skeptics are fighting an uphill battle. But a new government study shows that people’s faith in natural health products is on the decline. Also on the decline was public opinion on Health Canada’s performance in informing people about natural health products. It’s nice to see that the public is becoming more skeptical about these products, and suggests they would support more regulation and enforcement measures by Health Canada.

Does having pneumonia make you more susceptible to a cold?
Rob sent in this win. It’s some very practical facts and advice about cold and flu. No BS, all facts, from a virologist. An actual expert! Not just a self-proclaimed one!

That’s your Wins for this week! Send me your links to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.

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