Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles reacts to a petition calling for Homeopathy to be available in West Africa to help with the recent Ebola outbreak.
A new alternative treatment for Alzheimer’s doing the rounds seems to be based on a misunderstanding of the underlying science. The title of this piece is a question posed by the ‘health correspondent’* in one of our local rags. It was inspired by a video doing the rounds on the internet of an American doctor […]
A heartstring-tugging appeal in the NZ Herald doesn’t tell the full story. Jesse Bessant is a little boy from Auckland with a very rare brain tumour. He has a ganglioglioma, a tumour that arises from ganglion cells in the central nervous system. As these tumours are very slow-growing, and with the location of his tumour […]
Spoiler alert: Don’t read if you haven’t seen the film Contagion (which I highly recommend) but want to. “Recently, I saw the new movie Contagion which is about the rapid spread of a virus and how it killed many people around the world while the health authorities refused to consider a potential (natural) cure and […]
Proponents of alternative therapies often throw around charges of vested interest when challenged. But often their own interests don’t bear scrutiny. As this is the first of what I hope will be a regular column in the NZ Skeptic, I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you all a little bit about who […]
The world-wide panic over the MMR vaccine was sparked by the actions of one doctor who breached several standards of scientific practice. This article is based on a presentation to the 2010 NZ Skeptics conference. Every few years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) publishes a series of ‘death tables’, a summary of how many people […]