Playbooks, approvals, anecdotes, and more…

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The anti-vaxxer playbook to destroy confidence in COVID-19 vaccines: “The COVID-19 pandemic is the public health crisis of this generation. Despite the appearance of a brand new infectious disease – and within months, an effective vaccine, the anti-vaccine movement has … [Read more...]

New year, beyond conspiracies, litigation, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

2020 – The Good and the Bad: As 2020 comes to a close, we look back on the year of COVID-19 denialism, of science denialism and of science by political convenience, leading to far higher death tolls as high as … [Read more...]

Scams, SCAM, germs, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

COVID-19 vaccine rollout creates new scamming opportunities for crooks: “With the initial administration of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week in the U.S., and the prospect of Moderna’s vaccine receiving an FDA Emergency Use Authorization at any moment, scammers are … [Read more...]

Vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, masks, and more…

General

COVID-19 – transparency and communication are key: “As the first wave of COVID-19 vaccination gets under way, the need for good communication has never been greater. Without it, the extraordinary scientific advances that have led to the vaccines’ development might easily be … [Read more...]

Consent, politics, instinct, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

Chiropractic, chiropractic for kids, and a few of my greatest hits: “So I still find myself wondering, if a science-based chiropractor is equivalent to a good physical therapist, why not just go to a physical therapist instead of rolling … [Read more...]

The Seed, Tree and Fruits of Sri Lankan Drug Policy

The story of Prof Senaka Bibile, State Pharmaceuticals Corporation, students Involved in Rational Health Activities and the National Medicines Regulatory Authority, by Chamath Lavinda (4th year Medical Student, President, Students Involved in Rational Health Activities (SIRHA), Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka).… [Read more...]

Advertising, magic, bent spoons, and more…

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Complementary medicines advertising policy – Part I – unethical conduct in the Australian market before July 2018: “Numerous complementary medicines (and medical devices) that were extensively advertised failed to meet real health needs, diverted consumers from more evidence-based treatment and … [Read more...]

Magic, herds, corrosion, and more…

James Randi

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

James Randi – Magician and sceptic dies aged 92:  A sad loss. Amazing audiences with his feats of escapology and sleight of hand, Randi had no time for so-called psychics and faith healers, exposing numerous fraudsters with his … [Read more...]

Quackery, politics, therapy, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

China is forcing people to use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) quackery to treat COVID-19: “The Chinese government promotes TCM (which is big business in China, both domestically and as an export business) by passing laws to promote TCM by … [Read more...]