Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

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

Botox injected by unlicensed practitioners
Would you trust just anyone to inject a deadly toxin into your face? The CBC exposed unlicensed clinics that were injecting botox ordered on the internet. Hopefully there will be swift action against these people. There’s a video at the link above that contains an interview with one of these practitioners.

Laughing at high gasoline prices

John sent in this fail. You may have heard of electrolyzers for producing cheap hydrogen fuel from water. The problem is, they require a lot of electricity to run…usually much more than than the energy they produce. This doesn’t stop people from selling them, or from credulous news media sources from printing their claims without doing any research or asking any questions.

Health Canada shuts website selling industrial-strength bleach as health cure
Paul sent in this win. Health Canada cracked down on a site selling a poisonous substance and calling it “miracle mineral solution”. Of course, this snake oil was meant to cure everything under the sun, but it instead poisoned and almost killed several people. It’s good to see that at least sometimes Health Canada is able to stop sites like this. Hopefully the people behind it see some jail time.

A Catholic teachers association looks to ban WiFi.
Lorne sent in this Win. Recently, the Ontario Catholic teachers association moved to ban wi-fi in their schools, citing health concerns. The Globe and Mail published this excellent article that tears down the claims made, and covers the facts about wi-fi. It’s nice to see someone doing their homework, too bad it wasn’t the teachers.

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One Response to “Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week”

  1. Marion says:

    With these hydrogen producing schemes, it all depends where you’re getting the electricity. If it’s the car battery, you’re just wasting gas.


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