It’s in the stars

September 2nd, 2006 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, mail | 53 Comments »

Ben Goldacre
Saturday September 2, 2006
The Guardian

I see an angry balding premium-rate phoneline multi-millionaire… Of course, Daily Mail astrologer Jonathan Cainer will already have predicted that I was going to write about him here today, so as you read this, I will be chewing my muesli and reading a simultaneous rebuttal to my comments in his own column. Spooky.

The simplest test of any prediction, you might think, is to look back at whether it came true or not, as long as the prediction was precise enough. Phoneline mogul Cainer’s last major coup came Read the rest of this entry »

Geeks only – 2 million hits in August

September 1st, 2006 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, onanism | 7 Comments »

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Homeopathy Packaging And Flu

September 1st, 2006 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, homeopathy | 30 Comments »

With the changes to homeopathy regulations you can look forward to more products like this, for “influenza and influenza-like colds”:


Coldenza is a homeopathic remedy specifically designed to bring fast, effective relief for the symptoms of cold and flu. For best results take Read the rest of this entry »

Newsnight/Sense About Science Malaria & Homeopathy Sting – The Transcripts

September 1st, 2006 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, homeopathy | 15 Comments »

 

Sense About Science have very kindly given me the transcripts from their excellent Malaria and homeopathy sting from last month, and have let me stick it up here as a public archive for anyone who’s interested. Some amusing video from Read the rest of this entry »

Friends In High Places

September 1st, 2006 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, homeopathy | 44 Comments »

Some of you may remember this story, about MHRA plans to change regulation of homeopathic remedies, and allow them to make medical claims with no evidence, which I wrote about on the last day of 2005, and which becomes law today.

www.badscience.net/?p=200

Below is the press release from the MHRA. There’s quite a lot about this that raises eyebrows for me. Firstly, the statutory instrument got slipped in to parliament a couple of days before the recess, so nobody could scrutinise it. Secondly, this press release is a bit of an advert for homeopathy, a treatment which, frankly, has had its day: there are meta-analyses examining vast numbers of papers which show it is no better than placebo (the very existence of these papers is still denied by various people in the homeopathy community, incl Read the rest of this entry »