Hello skeptifans. A number of you sent in some vaccine related fails last week, but I honestly can’t bring myself to write another word about that today. Anti-vaxers have me burnt out, so I’m taking a break from them this week. Luckily (or unluckily) there is a lot of other woo to write about.
Thinking of trying hot yoga? Read this first
Erik sent in this win. Are there benefits to hot yoga, or just additional risks? Contrary to what some yogis will say, lightheadedness and fainting are not signs that you’re getting a good workout!
Welcome to the Heart Scanning Industrial Complex
Anna sent in this story. The Tyee has had a history of publishing solid skeptical articles, especially on the subjects of health and consumer protection. This is another win on the benefits (or lack thereof) of expensive heart scans which come with big claims on preventing heart and stroke. The truth is, these scans haven’t been shown to save any lives and they come with risks.
Canadian has devoted life to proving existence of alien life
Ian sent in this fail. This article shows why the media should not be giving a soapbox to woo-hucksters. This story is about a dude who thinks there is a conspiracy to cover up knowledge of alien life. What credentials does he give?
“I have had only 11 hecklers of whom two were drunk. In addition, I have appeared on hundreds of TV and radio shows, been involved in five books, numerous documentaries…”
Exactly. The fact that people like this are covered in the media, gives them credibility. Once they get enough press under their belt, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. “I am someone to write about, because others have written about me before”. Credulous interviews like this one need to stop. Journalists, your job doesn’t stop at asking questions and publishing the answers. You need to dig deeper, challenge your subjects, and find the evidence!
That’s the Fails and Wins this week, folks. See you again next week. Send me your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org.