All Blog Posts Tagged 'medicine' (17)

If You're the Smartest Person In The Room... You're In The Wrong Room.

I wanted to contribute my current day-to-day experience which shares much in common with those posting and agreeing that "They Can't  Live On This Planet Anymore!" and to offer what helps me through it every day.

When I'm not developing lectures and multimedia pieces for Innerspace Labs, (please see my profile for fun bits about that!), I pay the rent working as a supervisor in a print center.

It is, indeed a struggle, as my workplace is made up of proudly fundamentalist…

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Added by innerspaceboy on May 5, 2013 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Dear Parents thinking of Contacting an Exorcist...

Most of the time when I watch "real haunting" shows, I do so because either 1. someone else turned it on and I'm too lazy to leave the room or procrastinating or 2. I go looking for logical fallacies and things to laugh at.

 

But... do you know what I don't find funny about those shows? Exorcisms! Why do these people call exorcists? Usually it seems to be because their family member is acting strangely in a destructive way and their religious beliefs tell them that the most…

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Added by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on September 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Welcome to our Semi-Dark Age: The Darkness Strikes Back

I've begun a series of video-essays on YouTube titled "Welcome to our Semi-Dark Age". The first episode is now up (in three parts, due to time-length restrictions by YouTube) - hopefully, my skills at video recording/editing will improve as I make more videos. Similarly, my pronunciation of English words remains a work in progress ... In any case, I've embedded herein the three videos of this first episode of the series, titled…
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Added by Pierre H. Vachon on September 8, 2011 at 7:56pm — 3 Comments

What has religion done for us?

I try to imagine how mankind might have evolved without religion. It seems to me that all religion has done, is impeded science and done its best to bog us down in the dark ages forever. Luckily for us, science and rational thinking have snowballed for the past few hundred years and now religion is the annoying kid in the supermarket being dragged by mom and dad, desperately scratching its nails on the floor, screaming out its demands. Though quite a big kid.

I asked the internet 'What… Continue

Added by Nataniel T. on May 14, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

"You knit me together in my mothers womb" - Outreach Media

Since the most holy of weekends in the Christian calendar has now passed, the folks at Outreach Media have decided to shift their focus form worshiping the death of Jesus, to look at the topic of birth and conception. This month's poster reads:

"You knit me together in my mother's womb. Psalm 139:13"…

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Added by Martin Pribble on May 5, 2011 at 9:31pm — 1 Comment

A culture of laziness

I foudn this article on Yahoo!'s front page earlier:

 

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/pain/6-alternative-treatments-chronic-pain

 

It's obviously listed under the "Health" section of the site, though I feel that it should be nowhere near that section at all. Being both an Atheist and a general skeptic, as time passes it becomes increasingly annoying to see articles like…

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Added by Kai on March 23, 2011 at 11:51pm — 2 Comments

"Alternative" medicine and why I still listen.

Our planet is a closed system. 

There are a limited number of compounds in our earthly ecology, but still plenty enough to combine in various ways to do amazing things like cure infections and vaccinate against diseases. These are HUGE game changers in our evolution as a species. We are the first...the very first creatures in known existence that can willfully control our reproduction. 

Medical advances snowball. All it takes is one good advance, one leap of science to cause an…

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Added by Misty: Baytheist Living! on January 30, 2011 at 10:13pm — 10 Comments

Secular Coalition Action Alert: Stop Pharmacists From Playing God with Women's Health

This is the latest action alert from the Secular Coalition for America. Click here now to write to Congress!



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Added by Paul Fidalgo on May 25, 2010 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

Magical Onions

Today, I received a lengthy forwarded email touting the amazing medicinal properties of the presence of onions. No, not an examination of the vitamin and mineral profile of the tear-jerking vegetable, but a fantastical telling of the curative function of onion slices placed near a sick person. (It would have been entirely appropriate for the email to have commenced with “Once upon a time…”) The purpose of the email, as far as I could gather, was to aid the reader in combatting this… Continue

Added by Shine on November 4, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

They gave Bill Maher the Richard Dawkins Award?

Here's an excerpt from my latest Examiner article: "I wanted to believe that Maher was only a little wacky when it comes to modern medicine but I really had no idea how much of that Kool-Aid he drank. But Orac has opened my eyes to Maher’s beliefs when arguing why Maher should not receive the Richard Dawkins Award, an award that is intended to not only celebrate one’s promotion of atheism but one’s commitment to science and reason..." To read more,… Continue

Added by Michael Rosch on July 24, 2009 at 4:13pm — 19 Comments

Ten-Year Government Study Denies Effectiveness of Most Alternative Treatments

Big surprise here (not). A 10-year study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to the tune of $2.5 billion has found that glucosamine and chondroitin, black cohosh, saw palmetto, and shark cartilage fair no better than placebo in treating their targeted ailments, much as echinacea had previously been found to be no help in… Continue

Added by Dave Nichols on June 11, 2009 at 8:57am — 14 Comments

Simon Singh is charming! Er, appealing!

Apparently I went to bed just too early last night to see the Twitterscape and blogosphere explode with the news: Simon Singh is indeed going to be appealing against the ruling in the preliminary hearing, in his legal case in which he is charged with libel by the British Chiropractic Association.



Yay!



His book Trick or Treatment, co-authored with Edzard Ernst, is currently in the process of knocking my socks off (quite inconvenient and uncomfortable, actually, especially… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on June 4, 2009 at 7:16pm — 6 Comments

Acupuncture works!

...just as well as not doing acupuncture! Now that's what I call a medical procedure worth investing large sums of money in and foregoing other clinically proven treatments for. You don't even need to actually do it for it to magically heal you! Hey, I wonder if we can make that work with… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 18, 2009 at 6:26pm — 3 Comments

Bogus! Heinous! Station!

This was also posted on my atheist blog, Cubik's Rube.




Bah.



The preliminary hearings in the legal case brought against Simon Singh, by the British Chiropractic Association, took place today, and things did not go Simon's way. I don't know much about the details of what happened, or what any of it means… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 7, 2009 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Don't panic! No fire!

This was also posted on my atheist blog, Cubik's Rube.




This is a great article, which further serves to intimidate me regarding the task of coming up with my own article to summarise my thoughts on the recent anti-vaccination nonsense. It makes the case strongly and succinctly that the people continuing to push a link between vaccines and autism are… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 5, 2009 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Open and Fair Debate (& Alternative Medicine)

Last night I was on Twitter and I had a very interesting converstaion with a fellow twitterer. I won't give that persons name as it is irrelevant to this blog but I will post the tweets here.



The conversation annoyed and bothered me because although I felt I was being fair and open, but was voicing a differing opinion (against Alternative Medicine), I received agressive responses and was mocked by this other person (who I will call XYZ from this point on for simplicity) because I… Continue

Added by Liam on May 3, 2009 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Pseudoscience

This is an extract from my latest blog post, titled "Pseudoscience".




So, I guess I should've done this one sooner. Pseudoscience is pretty much the pinnacle of anathema to everything I'm struggling for on this blog (hey, writing dozens of words about stuff as often as five or six times a month is a real struggle sometimes). I'm all about… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on May 2, 2009 at 2:11pm — No Comments

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