Thirty two years old.
Liberal. Atheist. Feminist.
Portland, OR

Yep, no side effects! LOL
For shame, CVS.

Yep, no side effects! LOL

For shame, CVS.

soupsoup:

NASA scientist finds evidence of alien life.

To quote PZ Myers, “No. No, no, no. No no no no no no no no.” Seriously, go read PZ’s takedown of this “news.” Journal of Cosmology? Please. Take a look at a screenshot of their website. Yes, website. They don’t even have a real publication.

PZ again:

The figures are annoying; when you skim through them, several will jump out at you as very provocative and looking an awful lot like real bacteria, but then without exception they all turn out to be photos of terrestrial organisms thrown in for reference. The extraterrestrial ‘bacteria’ all look like random mineral squiggles and bumps on a field full of random squiggles and bumps, and apparently, the authors thought some particular squiggle looked sort of like some photo of a bug. This isn’t science, it’s pareidolia.

soupsoup:

NASA scientist finds evidence of alien life.

To quote PZ Myers, “No. No, no, no. No no no no no no no no.” Seriously, go read PZ’s takedown of this “news.” Journal of Cosmology? Please. Take a look at a screenshot of their website. Yes, website. They don’t even have a real publication.

PZ again:

The figures are annoying; when you skim through them, several will jump out at you as very provocative and looking an awful lot like real bacteria, but then without exception they all turn out to be photos of terrestrial organisms thrown in for reference. The extraterrestrial ‘bacteria’ all look like random mineral squiggles and bumps on a field full of random squiggles and bumps, and apparently, the authors thought some particular squiggle looked sort of like some photo of a bug. This isn’t science, it’s pareidolia.

Drink your vitaminwater, skip your flu shot? - Daily Dose - Boston.com
If you consume a beverage called vitaminwater, can you skip your annual flu shot? That’s what an ad for the beverage implies, and one consumer group is crying foul.
Ugh. FAIL Vitamin Water, FAIL. The article also talks about how there is a TV commercial that says “It’s got vitamin C and zinc to help support a healthy immune system.” If you ever see the phrase “help support” when talking about the immune system, please know that they are telegraphing the fact that they are full of shit.
This is seriously making me reconsider buying their product again even, though their dragonfruit flavor is yummy.

Drink your vitaminwater, skip your flu shot? - Daily Dose - Boston.com

If you consume a beverage called vitaminwater, can you skip your annual flu shot? That’s what an ad for the beverage implies, and one consumer group is crying foul.

Ugh. FAIL Vitamin Water, FAIL. The article also talks about how there is a TV commercial that says “It’s got vitamin C and zinc to help support a healthy immune system.” If you ever see the phrase “help support” when talking about the immune system, please know that they are telegraphing the fact that they are full of shit.

This is seriously making me reconsider buying their product again even, though their dragonfruit flavor is yummy.

Ben Goldacre at Nerdstock (via someDwarves) (actually via PZ Myers)

An excerpt of Ben Goldacre doing stand-up at Nerdstock: 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People, December 2009.

Ben shares some truly wacky placebo and nocebo effects. <3 him!

Bwahahahaha!
Seriously? This person isn&#8217;t joking? :-/
[Tweet found via Simon Singh]

Bwahahahaha!

Seriously? This person isn’t joking? :-/

[Tweet found via Simon Singh]

Officials have dropped charges against pharmacies alleged to have advised people to take homeopathic remedies to protect them against malaria instead of anti-malarial drugs.

The General Pharmaceutical Council’s decision has been described as “shabby and irresponsible” by some who helped bring the case against the pharmacies.

Un. Fracking. Believable. Then what is the Council’s purpose? They might as well allow pharmacists to sell crystals and spells to protect against disease.

QED Vodka (via ten23campaign)

The 10:23 Campaign takes to the streets of Liverpool with a bottle of home-made, homeopathically potentised vodka, to see what the people of Liverpool make of it.

This is a depressingly old scam – centuries old. Snake oil is marketed to the public with whatever image is considered fashionable at the time, although the “natural and wholesome” image is most common. In the 19th century there were many elixirs and tonics that claimed to be not only “natural”, but derived from either exotic tropical locations or the wisdom of native cultures.

But at the same time these products included ingredients that were known powerful drugs. Alcohol was common, but narcotics and cocaine were also used. In the US the FDA ended the patent medicine industry and marginalized this practice, but the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 has brought it back. The modern deregulated supplement industry is a recapitulation of the patent medicine industry of a century ago.

Fact check: most of the radiation that a cell phone emits is actually a low-frequency, non-harmful type of radiation called non-ionizing radiation. It doesn’t contain enough energy to remove electrons from an atom, unlike higher-energy, higher-frequency, known-to-be harmful radiations like x-rays and UV light.

Laura Riley, medical director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, told TIME her point of view on the product:

… products like Belly Armor prey on consumers’ unsubstantiated fears. “There are no conclusive studies that have shown that low radiation from everyday devices is harmful to anyone, much less to a pregnant woman,” Riley says.

Although this company probably believes what they’re peddling, I really really hate anyone who preys on the fears of parents to make money.

khaoscollector:

Sad but true.

khaoscollector:

Sad but true.