Skeptical Thoughts

08th July 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.

  • Chiropractors finding it hard to be ethical

    Mark Hanna has written a great blog post detailing the issues the Chiropractic Board has had getting their members to abide by their codes and New Zealand law. While I'm not surprised to hear about Chiropractors' efforts to circumvent laws designed to protect patients, it is disappointing to hear. The Chair of the board wrote in their newsletter about a worrying experience she had:

    2 min read, 323 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: Chiropractic

  • Bullet repelling magic in Nigeria

    A seller of magic charms in Nigeria has been killed this week while demonstrating a bullet repelling charm. The sale of charms and potions is commonplace in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, and the charms are very popular.

    2 min read, 303 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Nonsense , Tags: Charm, Magic, Bullet

  • New HIV vaccine, but is it a made up disease?

    There have been promising results from a recent trial of an HIV vaccine. An effective vaccine would be a useful part of our fight against AIDS related deaths. The new vaccine needs further trials, but in the study showed an 80% immune response, which is much better than previous attempts to create a vaccine. In brief, as I'm sure everyone knows, the HIV virus causes AIDS - Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome - and it's this compromised immune system that can be fatal.

    3 min read, 547 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Pseudoscience , Tags: HIV

  • HRV admits they deceived customers

    HRV have plead guilty to 11 counts of misleading customers about their water filters. They were charged with making untrue claims about the levels of chemicals in New Zealand tap water, as well as their filter's ability to soften the water and help with eczema and dermatitis.

    2 min read, 249 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Scam , Tags: HRV