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A Letter Received PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009 00:00

Randi has been hot on the trail of the NIH, most recently in this Swift article. Last week, we received this letter at the JREF.

Dear Mr. Randi, Dr. Plait and Dr. Gorski,

After the recent article at both the JREF and Respectful Insolence regarding cancer and acupuncture, I decided to take a look and see if my employer, Massachusetts General Hospital, had any information on the subject. Sad to say, our cancer center offers acupuncture and ear acupuncture through the HOPES program.

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Pre-Dragon*Con Star Party with Phil Plait PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   
Monday, 10 August 2009 12:30

The Atlanta Skeptics are proud to present “A Full Moon for Cancer” - a Star Party in memory of Jeff Medkeff. The event will be hosted by renowned astronomers Phil Plait and Pamela Gay.

When: Thursday, September 3, 2009, 7 p.m.

Where: The Bradley Observatory at Agnes Scott College

Proceeds to go to the American Cancer Society

Please join the Atlanta Skeptics on Thursday, September 3, 2009 for stargazing, food, drinks and conversations with astronomers. As part of the International Year of Astronomy, we’re hosting a star party to celebrate the beauty of the universe around us while raising money for a great cause.

For more information, visit Atlanta Skeptics.

(Thanks to Maria Walters for calling this to our attention!)

 
Skeptically Speaking at TAM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brownian   
Monday, 10 August 2009 00:00

The TAM 7 buzz is finally dying down, but I've received this detailed report from one of a large contingent of Candian Skeptics that I had to share with you. If you've not been to TAM, this narrative might give you an idea of what you're missing. - Jeff Wagg

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 5:15 PM, Edmonton International Airport (curiously located in Nisku)-After months of waiting, it's finally time for TAM. The Edmonton contingent consists of Skeptically Speaking host Desiree Schell, Skeptically Speaking producer Sean Ouimette, Skepchick Jill Powell, Marion Kilgour of the Skeptographers, atheists-and-skeptics-about-town Rodrigo de la Jara and Nathan Hinman, and of course, myself. Jill has never flown before, so I chivalrously suggest she take the window seat, opting instead for the seat between her and Desiree. We taxi halfway to Calgary. Nathan, ever positive, makes a joke about people looking like ants-you may have had to be there. Hey, poker's on the little in-seat TV! We're headed to Vegas.

7:15 PM, McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas-Three hours and one time zone later we touch down. Another joke by Nathan about people looking like ants-where does he get his material?-and we are suddenly surrounded by slot machines. I feel a great disturbance, as if millions of bank accounts cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Nope, it's just Desiree, tugging at my arm. I'm dawdling, and the South Point bus is about to leave. That's why she's the host.

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James Randi, Born Today, + 81 Years PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by Jeff Wagg   
Friday, 07 August 2009 10:06

randilibraryMany people have expressed interest in sending James "The Amazing" Randi birthday wishes on this, the first day of his 82nd year.

For your viewing pleasure, here's a link to a James Randi photo gallery that we put together a few years ago.

And for a unique view of Randi, check out this rare clip.

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I Have More... PDF Print E-mail
Swift
Written by James Randi   
Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

Readers will know that I've been expressing my objections to National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute [NIH/NCI] suggestions that acupuncture can/may/might offer relief of cancer treatment side-effects. I'll begin this entry by providing some explanatory background. I'm personally involved because I'm well into the process of chemotherapy, a "clean-up" procedure following a successful operation to remove a tumor. I prepared myself by reading up on the literature, and I must say that I'm doing very well - due to very recent improvements in the process, and new medications. I've experienced none of the possible nausea, though I'm weakened physically due to a decrease in red blood cells, and I have to avoid possible infection because of a lessened resistance. This, I hope, explains my considerable reaction to the irresponsible NIH/NCI comments on the efficacy of acupuncture for the relief of chemotherapy.

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