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An open letter to The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)

I've heard that the AACMA have made an accusation against the character of Edzard Ernst. Specifically that he has “undeclared links to the pharmaceutical industry”. If you are wanting to do more than poison the well you should probably declare these publically. 

ACC under the microscope again

The Society for Science Based Healthcare is taking a closer look at ACC payouts to those claiming for acupuncture.

Simillimum, Health 2000, ear candles and fluoride

Another fortnight, another round of ASA complaints released.

Things of interest this time include 4 anti-fluoride that were not upheld, a complaint from @honestuniverse about Health 2000, an upheld Ear Candles complaint by @listay1 and a settled complaint against Simillimum Homeopathic Pharmacy by myself.

The NZ Pharmacy Council

I had an interesting talk with a lady at NetPharmacy today. We were discussing a product called No Jet Lag, which is a homeopathic jet lag "remedy".

Is PubMed a credible source?

So... I wrote an OIA that lead to an article in The Dominion Post which has comments on the article enabled.

Fluoridation critic still unhappy after ad complaint rejected

I'm wondering why this made it as a news story at all. The tl;dr; for it would read "Psudeoscience promoter whines about having complaint rejected due to facts."

Meetup: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Astrology, wft?

So I was looking at an e-mail from Meetup and saw a suggestion from the Six Degrees group. I was thinking that Meetup's recommendation algorithms could use some work because the last thing I saw in that group was someone pushing Reiki lessons.

White wine in the sun

Tim Minchin gave me back the joy for the season...

Christopher Hitchens, 1949 - 2011

Christopher Hitchens has just died.

The #RIPHitch and #hitch hashtags are going more than a little nuts right now, which is hardly surprising.

Pro-bullying law just passed in Michigan, US.

I have few friends that claim to be religious and when I see shit like this I wonder how they can be so firm in their position. This is just disgusting. How can they claim 'moral conviction' as an exception when the law itself is so blatantly immoral?

Michigan Republicans Allow Bullying If ‘Religiously or Morally Motivated’ (Video)

In Michigan, the State’s Republican-controlled Senate has passed an anti-bullying law named after a gay victim.

Good thing you might think. Except it’s not.

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