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Radio Freethinker Episode 163 – Department of Silence Edition

Posted by Don McLenaghen on April 24, 2012

This week:

–       Default Science Censorship,

–       Human hairy mice,

–       Ancient Asians in the Americas,

–       Shopper Drug Mart sued over homoeopathy and,

–       Getting more in traditional medicine than expected.

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Default Science Censorship

When Tom Spears wanted to do nice story about snow, he uncovered more than he thought. We discuss how the Harper Government has made access to Canadian scientist as simple as navigating a labyrinth. 

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Human hairy mice

We follow up our previous story about the reporting of science in the media with a look at an article “describing”  research into using stem cells to grow human hair on mice. We noted the actual absence of science in the article.

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Shopper Drug Mart sued over homoeopathy

We discuss the lawsuit and my its important that an implicitly trusted entity – a pharmacy – should not be allowed to sell ‘medical’ products that are falsely advertised and make unfounded claims.

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Ancient Asians in the Americas

When did the first Asians make their way to the Americas. If you exclude the ‘founding immigration’ , we discuss supposed evidence of ancient Asian “discovering” america prior to Columbus. We also show that the most likely candidate is not the ‘obvious’ Chinese (as many others claim) but the Polynesians

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Getting more in traditional medicine than expected

Don discussed the accidental discovery of some scientist attempting to show the efficacy of a DNA reading technique. What they discovered was that what you are getting in traditional Chinese medicine may be more than you bargained for. They discovered the ‘expected’ endangered species. They also showed that what was called ‘pure’ antelope contained goat and sheep DNA. It also found unlisted ingredients that could allergic reactions such as peanuts. Also they found ingredients that are toxic and potentially fatal.

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Skeptical Highlights:

Is Bin Laden Really Dead?

As part of SFU Philosphers’ Café, moderator Martin Hunt asks how we can verify remote events.

Where:La Zuppa – 1544 Lonsdale Ave., North Van
When: April 25, 2012, 7 pm
Cost: Free

Orthomolecular Medicine Today

A conference that claims to be science based medicine is being held this week. What is “orthomolecular medicine”? ‘A form of complementary and alternative medicine that seeks to maintain health and prevent or treat diseases by optimizing nutritional intake and/or prescribing supplements’ < Wikipedia >. Is this woo or not?

Where: Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver
When: April 27-29, 2012
Cost: $100-$545


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