Week In Review 06/11/2012

So throughout the week I found a few news items that peaked my interest a little and wrote a few words about them, hopefully this will be a weekly occurrence, now that I contribute to the DoubtfulNews.com feed a lot of my better stories will end up there but the rest will go here if you feel like absorbing more of my thoughts.

http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/Clairvoyant-Spiritual-Counselor-Louise-Hauck-173722521.html

LEWISTON, ID – Lewis-Clark State College is offering a continuing education class that may have some skeptics wondering what to believe.

“I’m able to access this flow of information that’s really infinite and unlimited,” said Intuitive Spiritual Counselor Louise Hauck.

This kind of thing is a continuation of a disappointing and worrying trend in which academic institutions are cashing in and offering pseudoscientific courses. Not only does it provide practitioners with buzz words to use in marketing but (even if the course is not credited) it lends the practice with a false sense of legitimacy in the eyes of the public

Well they say a skeptic really isn’t a skeptic or they wouldn’t be asking questions,” said Hauck.

I just couldn’t let this quote go by without comment… I rather think Ms Hauck has missed the point of being a skeptic with this statement.

 

(From Natural News link not provided)

 In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, which has devastated many parts of the East coast, we’ve been receiving a flood of calls and emails asking about emergency preparedness items for first aid and natural medicine.

Here, I’ve put together a quick checklist of things you’ll want to acquire (or grow) to add to your emergency medicine collection.

It looks like everyone is getting in on the act exploiting hurricane Sandy, and well, no body will be surprised to see Natural News entering the fray too. As expected there are a number of egregious articles to choose from, but natural first aid? Conveniently Natural News have a natural first aid kit available to purchase.

Just some of the things on the list;

• Aloe Vera – Can be used as a topical antibiotic as well as a treatment for burns and skin issues. Can be consumed internally (the gel only) for digestive support and to help eliminate intestinal issues.
• Activated charcoal – As a dietary supplement, activated charcoal can be a true lifesaver. It absorbs poisons! It’s the primary ingredient in the poison treatment liquids used in emergency rooms.
• Baking soda – This simple but miraculous substance has a multitude of uses in personal health and even treatment of many conditions including gout, arthritis, and even some cancer tumors.
• Wound clotting products such as Quik Clot. Available at:
• Cayenne Pepper Tincture – An amazing first aid substance with applications for boosting circulation and even helping heart attack victims.
• Gauze and bandages: You can never have too many, it seems. Available everywhere.
• Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide: Both are super cheap to acquire and have very long shelf life. Both can help clean first aid tools or even light wounds.

The list goes on including things like colloidal silver. It’s one thing to recommend some kind of natural remedy for the sniffles that will go away on it’s own but people in need of first aid can have some serious injuries that need proper medical treatment and medicines that actually work such as say, I don’t know, antibiotics?

At least the list does contain some actual potentially life saving pieces of kit. Nice to know that common sense isn’t completely missing from the good folks at Natural News.

 

Best of the Rest

http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/297924/222/School-community-fooled-by-leukemia-hoax

This one is a sad reminder that we need to apply skepticism to all areas of our lives.

http://www.rrobserver.com/news/local/article_84c6ac2c-2537-11e2-8842-0019bb2963f4.html

More acupuncture madness, (jn the ear! seriously!), funny how they always seem to say, “when used with conventional treatment” how do they know that the acupuncture works?

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