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Estonian Psychic Test Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Monday, 27 October 2008 00:00

From Estonia we received the following:

Here is the short test report of the challenge for the self-described psychics here in Estonia. If any additional information is needed, please contact the board member of the Estonian Skeptics Society – Martin Vällik. The following report is translated by Elver Loho – a contributor for your newsletter regarding Sniffex.

Thank you for inspiration!

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Red Yeast for Cholesterol: it Works, BUT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
Monday, 27 October 2008 00:00

redyeast.jpgJohn’s cholesterol is high but he doesn’t like taking prescription drugs. Should he take red yeast as a “natural” alternative? Evidence shows that it is effective in lowering cholesterol.

In 1994, the Diet Supplement Health and Education Act was passed, allowing the fiction that “natural” medicines are really “foods” and need not be regulated the way prescription medicines are. Do we need to supplement our diet with red yeast? Do we suffer from a red yeast deficiency? Of course not. People are really taking it as a medicine, not as a supplement to their diet.

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Woo in Review: True Blood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alison Smith   
Saturday, 25 October 2008 00:00
trueblood.jpgTRUE BLOOD  
(HBO)

Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball has teamed up with HBO once again for the new television series True Blood, which is set in a reality much like our own with one major difference – Japanese scientists have perfected synthetic blood, and vampires no longer live in secret.

The plot of the series is loosely based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris , and takes place in a small Louisiana town where vampires have not yet taken up residence – until Bill Compton, a former Confederate soldier and current vampire, returns to his family home to stay.

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Please Take Note PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 24 October 2008 00:00

Though we initially declined to mention it, a subject came up on our Comments page that we must now address. See http://www.randi.org/joom/swift/that-silly-doctor-is-back-2.html

Dr. Richard Boylan, Past President of the Valley Psychological Association and formerly Mental Health Director of Calaveras County, California, has been found guilty of gross negligence and misconduct with patients. As a consequence, and based on a two-year investigation of inappropriate behavior, the State has revoked both his license to practice and his clinical social worker license. His practice, consisting of marriage, family, and child counseling, is now shut down.

 
That Silly Doctor is Back! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by James Randi   
Friday, 24 October 2008 00:00

At http://www.randi.org/joom/swift/weird-exchange-2.html you met Dr. Richard Boylan, a woo-woo artist who at least we cannot accuse of resting on his laurels, because reader Mogens Winther informs us that this PhD now offers a new scenario that establishes his claim to championship in the field. Writes Mr. Winther:

Apparently, this orb-loving Dr. Boylan runs a webpage – impressively – which tells about yet another Disaster from Heaven:

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