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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

05 March 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me this week. Study suggests smelling rosemary aromas can boost brain performance Art sent in this fail. Apparently smelling rosemary boosts your “brain performance”. What exactly does this mean? Well, the article won’t tell you. It only mentions researchers saw improvements on “speed […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

26 February 2012 by Melany Hamill

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. […]

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A&E – Brad Meltzer’s Decoded

Brad Meltzer’s Anomaly Hunting

15 February 2012 by Ethan Clow

Recently I was watching the History Channel when a commercial for Brad Meltzer’s Decoded came on. At first I found the commercial enraging and further eroded my lingering embers of hope that the History Channel had a legitimate interested in promoting actual history and not bunk dressed up to look like a Dan Brown book. […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

12 February 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me this week. Study Debunks Ionic Footbath Detox Claims Scott spotted this win in the Epoch Times. You may have heard of these ionic footbaths that claim to suck toxins out of you through your feet. The water turns brown as you use […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

29 January 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me this week. How can I relieve my baby’s teething pain? This doctor recommends homeopathic drops for teething pain, claiming many babies have benefited from them but more studies need to be done. How many homeopathy studies are enough? There are hundreds of […]

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Marketplace Takes on Cold-Fx: A review

Marketplace Takes on Cold-Fx: A review

16 January 2012 by Kim Hebert

Last January, Marketplace took on homeopathy, a frequent topic among skeptical circles — for good reason. This past Friday they looked into Cold-Fx with somewhat more mixed results. On the positive side, they correctly point out a relatively major concern with natural health products (other than the glaring lack of evidence for efficacy) — poor […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

15 January 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Vancouver finally got some snow. And not just the light dusting that disappears an hour later, but the kind you can roll up into a snowman. This of course means that we are all trapped inside our houses because we don’t know how to operate in these wild conditions. Luckily the power […]

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Habs and Homeopathy

10 January 2012 by Ethan Clow

A few weeks ago I talked about a strange hockey-skepticism convergence on Radio Freethinker. That convergence of course is about the goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens in particular. Carry Price, the BC born goalie who currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens is a spokesperson for the homeopathic product Oscillococcinum produced by the Boiron company in […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Media, Medicinal Advertising, Quebec, Skepticism6 Comments

Skeptical Fails and Win This Week

08 January 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. I hope you are surviving the winter. The new year is rung in with lots of new woo. Cleanse-crazy We all overeat during the holidays which prompts a lot of articles on losing holiday pounds, and where there is weight loss, there is woo. A slough of holiday detox articles came out […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

01 January 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. I hope you are having a great holiday season. The Turin Shroud could not have been faked, say scientists Lorne sent in this immense Fail. Don’t you love when headlines like this refer to “scientists” like every scientist the world is on board? Some quacks say the shroud of Turin couldn’t have […]

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