Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

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


Liberia proves the power of prayer

Yep, it’s proven folks. Actually, I think they have proven the power of organization, protest and political action. Why do we give so much credit to the supernatural? Thanks to Lorne for this link.

Canadian researcher likens controversial MS treatment to faith healing
A liberation therapy trial is going forward in Canada, but should it be? There was public pressure to research this treatment, but it was not based on good evidence of it’s effectiveness. This is money and resources that is being taken away from other, more promising research. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research agrees.

Hundreds back council crop resolution

The city of Richmond has banned genetically modified crops. Well, they’ve banned them except for the ones that they already had. On top of that, they can’t really enforce the ban since these things are managed at a federal level. Let’s not even go into the lack of evidence supporting this decision.

A bad week for the nutritional supplements industry
Supplements are a huge industry, despite little evidence that they improve the health of your average first world person. People seem to think it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to taking their vitamins. Two new studies say supplements could actually shorten your life span.

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