Skeptical Thoughts

28th January 2018

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.

  • Treating Bears with Acupuncture

    This story comes from listener Stu. A couple of bears were injured recently in California's wildfires. They were delivered to UC Davis, a respected university in California. Unfortunately they were handed over to Jamie Payton of UC Davis' Integrative Medicine Service, who proceeded to treat them with unproven therapies such as acupuncture, a "homemade" burn salve, fish skins, cold laser therapy and chiropractic.

    2 min read, 242 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Vet, CAM

  • Peppering of Rabbits?

    This story starts back in 2002. The winner of the NZ Skeptics' Bent Spoon award that year was Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons. She won the award for supporting the idea of using Possum Peppering to rid NZ of possums.

    2 min read, 395 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Biodynamic

  • Another quake prediction

    Frank Hoogerbeets from the Netherlands has predicted a major earthquake of 8 or 9 in the first week of March. His predictions says that "electromagnetic amplifications caused by planetary alignments" will increase seismic activity, and that this will be caused by the alignment of 6 planets.

    1 min read, 159 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Earthquake

  • Unvaccinated Pets

    As if people not vaccinating their kids isn't enough nonsense to deal with, there's an increasing trend for pet owners to not vaccinate their pets as well. This appears to be due to silly concerns such as that their pets might suffer from autism, despite the fact that autism hasn't been observed in animals.

    1 min read, 124 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Vet, Vaccines

  • Scientology in Disguise

    Scientology has been trying to get the public to buy into its anti-psychiatry ideas in NZ recently. The religion's branch called the Citizens' Commission for Human Rights has been visiting shopping malls around Auckland and setting up displays that seek to teach people that psychiatry is evil.

    2 min read, 247 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Religion , Tags: Scientology