Skeptical Thoughts

19th May 2021

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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  • Herbs for weight loss don’t work

    A recent major report into herbs and supplements for weight loss has concluded that they don’t work, and that not enough is known about their safety. Erica Bessell, the lead author from the University of Sydney, points out that in many countries no evidence is needed that these products actually work, and of course many companies are happy to exploit that failing and sell a wide variety of unproven products to buyers who hope for a simple solution to the hard problem of controlling their weight.

    3 min read, 479 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Alternative Medicine, Herbal Remedies

  • Sue Grey may have had a valid point

    Sue Grey, Nelson lawyer and co-leader of The Outdoors Party (an anti-vax, anti-5g, anti-1080 political party), had her day in court last week, taking the government to court over their COVID vaccine rollout. Although I was not able to spare the time to spend the day in court, I did manage to briefly visit the outside of the High Court in the morning, and when I got there Billy TK, who had decided to join the circus, was arguing outside with security guards. It turns out he had been kicked out of the court foyer for filming in a prohibited area, and of course his being removed was just proof that the system is corrupt. Go Billy!

    4 min read, 749 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Conspiracy, COVID

  • WTF is Vortex Water?

    There’s a website in New Zealand promoting “Vortex Water”. The front page of the site starts by saying:

    3 min read, 455 words. Continue Reading...

    Categories: Skepticism , Tags: Pseudoscience