Hey there skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins you sent me this week.
Soldier’s mystery illness solved in 15 minutes
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a case of woovertising. This one plugs a naturopath by telling the story of a man suffering chronic pain. The naturopath figured out he had worms by pushing on his arm. But what do we really know about the case? How long since the treatment has the man been well? Did he have intermittent pain before? Could it be a coincidence? Did he have other treatment around the same time? Did he have anyone confirm the diagnosis of worms? We will never know. Thanks to Grant for this link.
Hamilton company shining brightly in growing field
Thanks to Martin for this woovertising Fail. The CBC ran this article about a local company making good. Except the thing they are selling is light therapy. There are some legitimate applications of light therapy, but lately people have been popping up with various light gizmo’s that promise to treat everything under the sun.
The effects of invisible waves
Thanks to Art for this Fail. A Toronto hospital is now treating “Environmental sensitivity disorder”. Our old friend Magda “invisible waves” Havas was part of a workshop they held about this disorder. The people suffering from “EMS” are real, but their suffering is usually linked to anxiety or other psychological problems. Delaying treatment of the real issue has a very negative effect on the health of these people. Skeptic North reader, Mark, also let me know that the hospital has been sending around press releases claiming to be the first hospital to treat wireless disorders.
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