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JREF Swift Blog
Swift, named for Jonathan Swift, is the JREF's daily blog, featuring content from James Randi, the JREF staff, and other featured authors.

How to Debunk Biomagnet Therapy in Less Than a Minute PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Brandon Petereson   

I recently had the opportunity to attend The Amaz!ng Adventure 5. While at Grand Turks, our final port, I was wandering through the duty-free shop looking for deals on liquor (Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel for $39!) when I happened upon a tableful of woo. Seeing as I was a medical student on a skeptical cruise, I had to stop and have my wife help make this video.

In my off-the-cuff video, I didn’t have the opportunity to mention the lack of scientific evidence for their claims. Even if the magnetic field did penetrate the skin, it still would not stimulate blood flow because the amount of iron in blood is far too small. If blood did have a strong magnetic attraction, your body would explode in an MRI (which would be cool, I admit).

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How to Debunk Biomagnet Therapy in Less Than a Minute PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Brandon Petereson   

I recently had the opportunity to attend The Amaz!ng Adventure 5. While at Grand Turks, our final port, I was wandering through the duty-free shop looking for deals on liquor (Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel for $39!) when I happened upon a tableful of woo. Seeing as I was a medical student on a skeptical cruise, I had to stop and have my wife help make this video.

In my off-the-cuff video, I didn’t have the opportunity to mention the lack of scientific evidence for their claims. Even if the magnetic field did penetrate the skin, it still would not stimulate blood flow because the amount of iron in blood is far too small. If blood did have a strong magnetic attraction, your body would explode in an MRI (which would be cool, I admit).

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How to Debunk Biomagnet Therapy in Less Than a Minute PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Brandon Petereson   

I recently had the opportunity to attend The Amaz!ng Adventure 5. While at Grand Turks, our final port, I was wandering through the duty-free shop looking for deals on liquor (Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel for $39!) when I happened upon a tableful of woo. Seeing as I was a medical student on a skeptical cruise, I had to stop and have my wife help make this video.

In my off-the-cuff video, I didn’t have the opportunity to mention the lack of scientific evidence for their claims. Even if the magnetic field did penetrate the skin, it still would not stimulate blood flow because the amount of iron in blood is far too small. If blood did have a strong magnetic attraction, your body would explode in an MRI (which would be cool, I admit).

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Hastily Scribbled (And Extremely Late) Notes From The Amazing Adventure, 5 (Volumes II & III) PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Brandon K. Thorp   

Note: These would've been posted much earlier if the Costa Fortuna's WiFi had gotten along even slightly better with Joomla, the software with which we run our website. As it was, we got these things all ready to go and then stared at our computer monitors, waiting for some sign of life from the internets. Such signage was not forthcoming, so these are coming to you late. Sorry about that. To make up for last week's Swift shortfall, here's a picture of Randi at the beach.

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The remainder of my diary from The Amazing Adventure 5 after the jump.

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Hastily Scribbled Notes From The Amazing Adventure, 5 (Volume I) PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Brandon K. Thorp   

This is our second full day at sea. I’m sitting in a corner at the back of the Augustus conference room on Deck 5 of the Costa Fortuna, trying to be inconspicuous. Kitty Mervine is preparing to give a lecture on — what? Who knows? I suspect pirates will be involved. The lectures have been unpredictable so far, and better for it. Today we’ve had talks on parliamentary procedure (which was actually exciting, believe it or not), “political bias in skepticism,” and —

(By the way, Kitty just said this: “How much does a pirate charge for an ear-piercing? A buccaneer!”  Haha! It’s difficult to concentrate with comedy of this caliber being committed within earshot, but I shall persevere.)

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