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Danny Saucedo Spews Pseudoscientific Nonsense About Cannabis

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Science is hard. It takes can often years, tens of thousands of working hours and millions of dollars to research an issue thoroughly. Sometimes, the results are multifaceted, contradictory or difficult to interpret, and research goes on. Thus, it is no wonder that misinformation is incredibly potent. It plays on hopes and fears and offers easy and emotionally comforting answers to complex issues.

One such issue is the health and harms of cannabis, which outside the scientific community involves a struggle between two opposing ideological groups. On one side are the drug war zealots who refuses to listen to any constructive suggestions on how prevent people from abusing drugs, have very little interest in helping those who need it and better combat the networks that supply them. On the other side are the cannabis apologists who claim cannabis is more or less harmless, works as a fantastic miracle cure for almost anything and promote various batshit conspiracy theories about pharmaceutical companies. Both of these groups are profoundly mistaken and are really just two different manifestations of the same underlying problem: refusing to take evidence seriously, especially when it contradicts their beliefs.

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Seller of Quack “Treatment” Miracle Mineral Solution Convicted

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The promotion of quack treatments recently received a heavy blow from the U. S. criminal justice system. Louis Daniel Smith, one of the major players behind selling industrial-strength bleach as a miracle cure for various diseases and conditions, was convicted in a federal court for “introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with intent to defraud or mislead”, “fraudulently smuggling merchandise into the United States” and “conspiracy to commit multiple crimes” according to a press release from the U. S. Department of Justice. He now risks being sentenced to 34 years in prison.

This is a stunning victory for science-based medicine, consumer protection and scientific skepticism generally. It will help protect thousands of people with cancer, HIV, malaria or autism who would otherwise have fallen prey for quackery, both in terms of health and finances. It will also provide a powerful response to both those who claims that quack treatments do not cause harm and those who claim that skeptical activism is pointless. Pseudoscience (and alternative medicine in particular) does cause considerable harm, and skeptical activism does work.

What diseases and conditions were industrial-strength bleach suppose to treat?

A federal jury in the Eastern District of Washington returned a guilty verdict yesterday against a Spokane, Washington, man for selling industrial bleach as a miracle cure for numerous diseases and illnesses, including cancer, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, lyme disease, asthma and the common cold, the Department of Justice announced.

Warning alarms should always sound when a purported treatment claims to be a miracle cure for a wide range of diseases and conditions that are largely unrelated to each other, such as AIDS, malaria, asthma and so on. However, this short list is incomplete. Miracle Mineral Solution is being peddled for an even wider array of conditions than that on the Internet: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), autism spectrum conditions, herpes, dog bites, root canal, gangrene, urinary tract infections, HPV warts, eczema, influenza, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, whooping cough, fibromyalgia, first-degree burns, spider bites, chlamydia, getting bitten by drug addicts, singles, bleeding hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, allergies, gall stones, eye infections, tetanus and even (believe it or not) wounds resulting from attacks by rogue baboons.

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Ethnic Diversity, Psychosis and Cancer

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There is a never-ending storm of dogmatic crackpots abusing the scientific literature for their own misguided ideological goals. The only thing thoughtful and rational skeptics can do is to provide some safe haven where science and facts triumphs over misrepresentation.

In this post, the focus will be on a Swedish anti-immigration website called Fria Tider (Free Times). I will not link to that website out of principle, but you can perform a Google search on the article titles and use Google translate if you want to read it in full. It is paleoconservative and their mission statement is to put a right-wing bias on all the allegedly left-wing biased news presented by the mainstream media. This is a clear example of the so called “hostile media effect”, where people with a strong bias on a certain issue feel that the media is itself biased against them.

Most of the stuff published at Fria Tider is exceptionally bad. It filled with obviously biased reporting, invalid generalizations and conspiracy theories. However, in the last few days, two astonishingly vacuous articles have been published on the website. They each attempt to summarize a scientific article published in the peer-review literature in order to prop up their anti-immigrant position. They believe the studies show specific negative consequences of ethnic diversity. They could not be more wrong. In fact, the studies show no such thing Read more of this post

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