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The EU Officially Embraces Quackery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Sunday, 08 February 2009 00:00

Our associate in Hungary, Gabor Hrasko, informs us of this alarming situation:

You might be unaware of the fact that EU [the European Union] is promoting homeopathy and other alternative medicine in its directives. It urges the member countries to provide a simplified registration process for homeopathic remedies where the efficacy and safety of these drugs does not have to be proven. Chapter 2/Article 13/Paragraph 2 states:

Member States shall establish a special simplified registration procedure for the homeopathic medicinal products.

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There Is Only One Disease PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Dunning   
Saturday, 07 February 2009 00:00

I received an email from a listener whose coworker recommended the 2002 book Never Be Sick Again: Health Is a Choice, Learn How to Choose It, by Ray Francis. I checked out its Amazon page, and if the book's content wasn't clear from the title, it certainly was from the reviews. The "research" Francis presents are personal anecdotes like the following:

  • After meeting Ray Francis, Albert learned that his diet of processed foods and addiction to sugar were the crux of his problem. Within one week after implementing Francis's eating plan, he felt better physically.
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    Genewize - Not Wise, Not as Advertised PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Harriet Hall   
    Friday, 06 February 2009 00:00

    Genewize http://www.genewize.com/ is a new company offering "100% Product Personalization from Your Personal DNA Assessment." They analyze your DNA to identify certain selected SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) and use the data to tweak the ingredients of the nutritional products they want to sell you (containing everything from vitamins to spinach powder).

    They previous offered a therapeutic skin health regimen linked to DNA-based skin health assessment. "First introduced in 2005, the Dermagenetics Skin Care System is the first comprehensive system of personalized (mass customized) skin care product manufacturing based on genetic testing that measures single nucleotide polymorphisms (pronounced "snips") in DNA."

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    Hallelujah! PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by James Randi   
    Friday, 06 February 2009 12:00
    Reader Malcolm Dodd informs us that the UK Bus publicity campaign has now raised nearly $300,000, which has enabled them – at this point – to place their “There’s probably no God” signs on over 800 buses throughout the UK, and over 1,000 signs inside the London Underground trains. Stay tuned for more developments!
     
    Next, They'll Be Hunting Witches in Nova Scotia! PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by James Randi   
    Thursday, 05 February 2009 00:00

    Reader Pascal Poirier tells us:

    I am sure you are aware of the bus ads in London, UK.  In case you were not aware, we had recent developments in Halifax, NS, Canada, with the attempt by Humanist Canada to put the toned-down slogan "You can be good without God" on our buses.  It appears that this true statement was too controversial for the transit authorities.

    This campaign was undoubtedly inspired by the currently successful bus-ad campaign in London, England, encouraged and supported by Richard Dawkins. Signs stating "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" are seen all over that city, though Dawkins had reservations about including the word, "probably" in the text...

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