13th May 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.


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  • Does your star sign dictate how you drive?

    An advert masquerading as an article, almost totally devoid of any useful data that would allow people to work out whether the results are even significant. However, it seems that some media outlets took it a little too seriously.

    1 min read, 42 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Astrology

  • Healing Crystals

    Healing crystals have become very popular recently, with people buying many different crystals to either wear or place in their homes and help with physical and mental health issues, monetary problems and any other problem you could imagine. There are even water bottles with crystals in that are supposed to somehow "energise" the water you drink.

    2 min read, 311 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Crystal, CAM

  • Kangen Water has made the news again :(

    As we talked about at the end of last year, there's been a real push to sell Kangen Water devices in NZ recently. An article in the Herald this week has detailed Ainsley Brunton's efforts to sell the water in Whanganui to unsuspecting customers. Her water devices are selling for $4,000, with promises that the water can help with cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases. Enagic in Australia is selling the machines to New Zealanders who are passing them on, and Enagic's prices for a machine that does nothing useful to water vary between $2,300 and $6,500.

    2 min read, 342 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Kangen, CAM

  • Dawkins has been to visit NZ

    Dawkins has been talking to audiences in NZ, and a local pastor took to Stuff to complain about him in an article. Now, I'm not saying that Dawkins is without flaws - it's common knowledge that he often opens his mouth on Twitter before thinking about what he's saying, and he's no stranger to controversy. But pastor Geoff Robson seems to have gone overboard in trying to protect his belief.

    4 min read, 643 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Religion , Tags: Atheism, Dawkins

  • Personalised Vitamins

    Stuff had an article this week about personalised vitamins. Companies who require you to talk to a dietician before being recommended vitamins have been around in NZ for a while, but two companies have started up in New Zealand recently that recommend which of their vitamins you should take based on online questionnaires.

    3 min read, 458 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Vitamins, CAM