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Homeopathy – NOT recommended – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) does not recommend the use of homeopathy for HIV, malaria, TB, influenza and infant diarrhoea. In a growing world-wide moment against quackery, the WHO have made a strong statement about the unwise use of homepathy to treat serious illnesses. Australian Skeptics have long campaigned to…

Seeing is not always believing…

Professor Richard Wiseman is the Professor of the Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Richard is the author of several books but is also a big fan of new media such as Twitter. He recently ran a Twitter poll asking people to describe Michael…

105 ways to advance scepticism; how you can make a difference

Daniel Loxton, the Editor for the Junior Skeptic insert in the US publication Skeptic, coordinated almost 30,000 words of impassioned, in-depth commentary from thirteen leading skeptics worldwide. This document aims to promote skeptical activism – and demonstrates practical, pragmatic and realistic steps as to how you can make a difference….

Dick Smith funds pro-vaccination advertisement

Dick Smith has funded an advertisement placed in a national newspaper, The Australian, written by Australian Skeptics to alert parents to the dangers of the Australian anti-vaccination lobby. Known as the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), this group spreads misinformation and falsehoods about the safety and effectiveneness of vaccines. “Dick Smith…

Australian Skeptics urge parents to get the real facts on vaccination

Businessman, aviator, and explorer, Dick Smith, has funded an Australian Skeptics’ advertisement to urge parents to access factual information on vaccination, in the wake of the country’s largest Whooping Cough epidemic.

Important information for parents: the facts about vaccination

Immunisation saves lives. Since the humble observations about cowpox made by Edward Jenner in the 1700s, vaccination programs have saved millions of lives and dramatically decreased child mortality and suffering. Diseases such as smallpox are now consigned to history, while polio has virtually disappeared. But sadly there are some people…

Anti-vaxxers under investigation

Today it was revealed that the Australian Vaccination Network will be investigated by the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission for breaches of the Public Health Act of 1993. The president of the AVN, Meryl Dorey, issued a statement as part of their August newsletter saying; “The complaint alleges…

Beware the spinal trap

UK based science writer and communicator, Simon Singh is currently being sued for defamation (or libel) by the British Chiropractic Association.

The legal action stems from an article published by The Guardian Newspaper, in which Simon questioned the evidence for the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for colic in children. In a worldwide campaign, The Guardian article originally published in 2008, is to be republished across the world.

Homeopathy recognised as BS as early as 1851

On last week’s Think Tank, our new reporter Jo Benhamu discussed a letter published in the London journal of Medicine on July 29th, 1851 from a Dr John McCormack. It was entitled “Our Relations With Homeopathy” and was in response to speeches previously published regarding “…prevailing professional laxity and charlatanry,…

More bad publicity for the anti-vax lobby

A scathing article written by Amanda Watt was published on July 18th, 2009 in the Brisbane Courier Mail QWeekend Magazine. Titled “The Eye of the Needle”, Amanda’s article was a scathing account of the damage being done by Australia’s anti-vaccination lobby, the Australian Vaccination Network. Amanda tells the story of…