Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week

Hello skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins in the media last week.


A crop circle I can get behind.

Who Will Own the Brand of Integrative Medicine?
Connie sent in this Fail that she received in a Pharmacist newsletter. It’s been a while since I’ve posted any woovertising. This link from the Huffington Post is a classic example. The story is about a new trend of pharmacies that also have homeopaths and natural medicine specialists on hand to give customers an “integrated” experience, but it reads like a commercial for several of these places.

‘Stoned wallabies’ and microwaves: Have crop circles finally been explained?
That’s a headline that makes you want to keep reading! Lorne sent in this Fail from the Edmonton Journal. The problem with this story, is that crop circles HAVE already been explained. Many people have demonstrated how to do it with nothing but planks of wood. Yet they are still treated as mystical. This mystery has been solved, why are we still treating it as mysterious?

Homeopathic Drugmaker Can’t Nix Class Action

Lorne sent in this story. Homeopathy manufacturer Boiron is being sued for fraud in a class-action claim. The basis of the claim is that their homeopathic cold remedy, ColdCalm has nothing in it, and the claims that it can cure your cold symptoms are unfounded. A federal judge has ruled that the case can move forward. We’ll have to keep a close eye on how this unfolds. The result could have huge implications.

Ian sent in this link to MacLean’s new blog column called “Science-ish”. It looks like it’s full of Win!

That’s the Fails and Wins this week, folks. See you again next week. Send me your links at

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