Jonathan Kay: Elizabeth May’s wireless problem
A lot of you sent in links on this story. Elizabeth May has unfortunately bought in to the crap from our old friend, Magda Havis, that wi-fi is dangerous. She let us know that by sending this tweet from her Blackberry:
Yep, she decried Wifi from a wireless device. The above article took her to task. Unfortunately, this one from the Globe and Mail did not. Elizabeth May posted a more detailed statement on the subject on the Green Party website. Clearly she thinks she is acting on evidence, but she needs a lesson on how to evaluate that evidence.
Deaths from chickenpox down
When I was a kid, I caught the chicken pox. It sucked, but I was never seriously ill. It’s one of the viruses that anti-vaxers often say we should just let kids face naturally. But contrary to their beliefs, chicken pox is a killer. Since regular vaccination started in 1995, deaths have been reduced 97%. It’s a big win. The article also warns that adults who haven’t had the disease should get the vaccination, because the disease can be especially deadly for adults. Thanks to Michael for that link.
Cellphones pose no added cancer risk for kids
Marion sent in this link. “Children and teens who use cellphones are not at a statistically significant increased risk of brain cancer compared with their peers who do not use the devices, a study published Wednesday suggests.” It’s nice to see this get covered, and they do a good job explaining what the data shows.
Quebec spa detox treatment leaves woman dead
Mark and Lorne sent in this sad story. We don’t know the full details, just that a woman died and another was very sick from an intense detoxification treatment at a spa. A sweating treatment may have been involved. Detoxification is based on the false assumption that we build up toxins and need to cleanse our systems (usually referring to the bowels). They often involve fasting….a practice that carries a lot of risks. We are supposed to eat after all! Sometimes the fast involves taking dangerous amounts of supplements, caffeine, and other things that are just not good for you. This detox trend is more than just a money grab, it’s harmful. Health Canada needs to step up against any product or service making claims that you will be detoxified.
That’s the Fails and Wins this week, folks. See you again next week. Send me your stories at email@example.com.