Skeptical Thoughts

11th June 2017

Here are the topics I chose to talk about on RadioLive for the week. Some of them may not have been mentioned on the radio due to a lack of time.

  • Apparently I need a colonic

    Nigel Antony Gray is a Scientologist who believes he can predict earthquakes and that the weather is controlled by the government - and recently that fidget spinners send out harmful "frequencies". Nigel has decided that he will allow skeptics to join his secretive Facebook group - Spiritual Awareness New Zealand - as long as they follow his instructions.

    3 min read, 601 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience, CAM , Tags: Colonic

  • Credulous alt-med article on Radio NZ

    Radio NZ published an article this week that seemed to accept, without evidence, claims that traditional Maori medicine can help with medical conditions including cancer.

    2 min read, 365 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Rongoa

  • Aussie shows how lax sham journals can be

    Since a letter of mine was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal recently, I've started receiving occasional emails inviting me to send in a paper to a new journal for publication. It's immediately obvious that these are sham journals, as they call me Dr Honeychurch and are for topics that are unrelated to my area of interest (and not even expertise!), alternative medicine:

    2 min read, 380 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Scam , Tags: Journal