Category Archives: alternative medicine

February 28 in freethought history…

February 28, 1901 – Chemist and peace activist Linus Pauling is born in Portland, Oregon. He is widely considered one of the greatest scientists in history, making contributions in quantum chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and molecular biology. After World … Continue reading

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Podcast #243 – Ask Your Doctor if Arthritic Goat’s Milk Is Right for You

Comedian and television talk show host Bill Maher gave “Dr.” Sam Chachoua nearly ten minutes on a recent show to talk about his quack cure for AIDS that involves the milk from arthritic goats. “Dr. Sam” supposedly cured Charlie Sheen … Continue reading

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January 24 in freethought history…

January 24, 2003 – The documentary program Penn & Teller: Bullshit! begins its run on cable TV channel Showtime. Over eight years and 89 episodes, professional magicians and skeptics Penn Jillette and his ever-mute partner Teller debunked (using lots of profanity) a … Continue reading

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November 1 in freethought history…

November 1, 1942 – Pornographer and free speech activist Larry Flynt is born in Lakeville, Kentucky. The founder of Hustler magazine, Flynt has been at the center of a number of First Amendment controversies (famously dramatized in the 1996 film The … Continue reading

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October 18 in freethought history…

October 18, 1980 – Rebecca Watson, founder of the Skepchick blog and (until recently) a co-host of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, is born. In addition to her ongoing promotion of scientific skepticism, Watson has led the charge in encouraging diversity … Continue reading

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September 10 in freethought history…

September 10, 1941 – Paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science Stephen Jay Gould is born in New York City. Got info? Suggest a date in freethought history! A prolific writer, he produced over twenty books plus hundreds of essays and peer-reviewed … Continue reading

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Like the shoes? Don’t Minchin it!

I’ve become a huge Tim Minchin fan over the last couple of years. Not only is he an incredibly talented singer, songwriter and comedian, he’s an unrelenting cheerleader for science, skepticism and critical thinking. He just finished his first tour … Continue reading

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Singh wins! Singh wins! Singh wins!

Or at least he didn’t lose.  As you probably know, British scientist/journalist Simon Singh has been in a bitter legal battle with the British Chiropractic Association, which is suing him for libel over a critical article he wrote back in … Continue reading

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Podcast #80 – Simon Singh

We interview science journalist Simon Singh, co-author (with Dr. Edzard Ernst) of Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine (which both John and David highly recommend).  For more about Simon visit SimonSingh.net.  Please also visit LibelReform.org, a website … Continue reading

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Gran Torino, MD

I think I’ve figured out how they could pull off a sequel to the recent film Gran Torino: as the new movie opens, Clint Eastwood’s  über-curmudgeon Walt Kowalski lies in intensive care, riddled with bullet holes but not dead.  Grimacing, … Continue reading

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