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Show notes for Episode 122

Posted by Ethan Clow on July 6, 2011

Radio Freethinker Episode 122 – Killing Hypnosis, Listener Emails, Controversial MS treatment gets funding. Plus, end of life and assisted suicide is discussed

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Song: Suicide is Painless by The MASH

Skeptical News:

Killer Hypnotist – see here

Federal Government funds Zamboni procedure through CIHR research grants – see here


Biomeridian Stress Testing:


Euthanasia – the right to die

Skeptical Highlights:

Underwear Affair

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Date: July 9th 2011

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One Response to “Show notes for Episode 122”

  1. An update on MS “Zamboni treatment”:

    CBC is reporting that another patient has died from the experimental surgery. Maralyn Clarke had the procedure done in California. She is the second Canadian to die following Mahir Mostic who had the procedure in Costa Rica.

    “I do think that physicians themselves believe they’re helping these patients, but unconsciously there’s an enablement going on of what could become self-harmful, if not a truly self-destructive process.” Dr. Michael Brant-Zawadzki, a neurointerventional radiologist and a clinical professor of radiology at Stanford University in California.

    Dr. Barry Rubin, the head of vascular surgery at Toronto’s University Health Network, states all invasive procedures carry the risk of complications. Since no one knows how many people with MS are having the balloon procedure on their veins, he said it’s impossible to accurately assess the complication rate to determine if it is acceptable. Rubin said it’s more reason to conduct rigorous scientific studies on whether the procedure works and is safe.

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