Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me last week.

Apple juice calories risky to health
Marion sent in this story. You may remember the controversy over toxic levels of arsenic in apple juice stirred up by Dr. Oz. Dr. Oz’s evidence was based on ignorance of the various forms of arsenic, and the relative harmfulness of each of them. This weeks link from the CBC calls out a much more realistic risk — sugar content.

Relax, Folks. It Really Is Honey After All
Anna sent in this Win about another sweet substance. NPR’s Food Blog did a little investigative journalism after the Food Safety News website claimed that American honey was ultra-purified to the point where it was not honey at all. It seems some of the claims behind that accusation didn’t hold water.

Sidney Crosby, chiropractic neurology, and the limits of evidence.
Lorne sent in this story. It is the first time I’ve heard of chiropractic neurology. It will be something skeptics will have to look out for. Woo treatments tend to really take off once a famous person or two claims they have had success with them.

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2 Responses to “Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week”

  1. Lin says:

    Daily Planet did a segment about Sidney Crosby’s chiropractic neurology treatment.

    In the end, the new guy host (haven’t learned his name yet) stated unapologetically that, as a scientist, he is skeptical about new treatments and will be interested in how further studies of this fare beyond any placebo effect.

    That made Daily Planet my new favourite show. Discovery channel has some fabulous skeptical programming right now, with several openly atheist personalities.


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