Regrowing a kidney?

Nicholas Evans' tale of a mushroom-picking afternoon that turned into a life or death struggle with renal failure caused by Cortenarius Speciosissimus is gripping enough, but some people just want to make it worse. Cortenarius Speciosissimus is a highly toxic mushroom. The first cases of poisonings were reported in Scandinavia…

Homeopathy 0 Reality 1

This week I was at the British Science Festival speaking to the motion that “This house believes that the same level of evidence should be applied to CAM as applies to conventional treatment”. Although the debate was about CAM, the fact we had two homeopaths opposing the motion did mean…

Hitchens, cancer, and quackery

A few years ago I was lucky enough to meet Christopher Hitchens at the Hay Festival, the great writer and intellectual of our time. Sadly, while promoting his biography, Hitch 22, in which he muses on a false report of his death, he was taken ill and diagnosed with cancer…

Brum Skeptics Blog

Birmingham Skeptics have launched a new blog, with a post from Jack of Kent noting Birmingham's tradition of free thought: Birmingham was always more of market town than an industrial town, though it was one where small businesses could easily set up. Before the Cadburys there was really little large…

Homeopathic Society complain about methods

Chief Executive of the British Homeopathic Society, Cristal Sumner, states with regard to the Parliamentary Science committee's devastating report on homeopathy: ‘It does seem an irresponsible way of decision-making for a Committee of four voting members to draw conclusions that impact the health and welfare of thousands of patients from…