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Offline CraigOsaka

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Feelgood story about kidney trasnplant seeker has woo twist
« Reply #480 on: August 25, 2012, 02:55:20 AM »
Random click on a feelgood story yielded an interesting skeptical twist.
"Reiki" still gives me nightmares. Once I was asked to correct an English translation of a Japanese Reiki pamphlet. All I could tell my non-skeptic/non-woo boss (call her a "civilian", I guess?) was that the contents literally did not make any sense. It was impossible to "correct" it. Almost got in trouble until a coworker confirmed my story. Anyway, that words still jumps out for me, as when I saw this story.

Billionaire Ty Warner gives woman $20,000 for her cause after asking her for directions

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/billionaire-ty-warner-gives-woman-20-000-her-165731962.html

Vasilakos was at the intersection trying to raise $20,000 for a stem cell procedure she needs to help save her life because she suffers from kidney failure and does not qualify for a transplant.

Very kind of the donor. Hopefully a happy ending. But the woo twist?

Vasilakos, an herbalist and Reiki teacher, received a package on July 16 with a $20,000 check and with a handwritten note from Warner.

Herbalist and Reiki teacher? Must be desperate to seek real medical treatment.
Wouldn't be surprised at all if perhaps there is a Steve Jobs-ish angle at work here. Using woo until too late, now needs real medicine?
"Facts all come with points of view. Facts don't do what I want them to." -Talking Heads

Offline thombarker

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #481 on: August 28, 2012, 03:28:18 PM »
I think SGU should check out a new Canadian activist group called Bad Science Watch.

www.badsciencewatch.ca

Its first projects are pressuring Health Canada to de-register homeopathic "vaccines" and countering anti-WiFi activism in this country.

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Offline J. Eastgate

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #482 on: December 09, 2014, 10:49:27 AM »
"If you can talk, you can breathe," would be a good myth to dispel.  It's behind a number of accidental killings by police, including the current high-profile Garner case out of Brooklyn, and I literally just now saw it in a TV show on Netflix. 

The gist of it is that the short-shallow breathes required to speak are not enough to keep you alive, but I'm unfamiliar with the mechanics of inhalation/exhalation and 'functional reserve capacity' beyond just 'this is what the diaphragm does,' and I only know that much due to public education.  I expect most people would be in the same boat.  It could make for a nice bit of science chat. 
"Communications without intelligence is noise; Intelligence without communications is irrelevant."

Offline Mother Hitton

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #483 on: December 11, 2014, 05:19:00 AM »
Not much that would surprise anyone here, just a further depressing example of harm from the "natural is good" meme. Producers selling unpasteurised milk as a cosmetic or baths to bypass laws prohibiting selling raw milk for human consumption. Surprise, surprise, toddler dies of a microbial infection. Ughh...

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/dec/11/raw-milk-company-shared-image-mocking-labelling-unsafe
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/11/health-warning-following-death-of-toddler-who-drank-unpasteurised-milk

 

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