Engaging With Bad Science Episode 2 – What Is A Study And Why We Care

I have recently been challenging myself by looking at the science, or rather pseudoscience, behind the anti-vaccination claims that are making such a horrible difference on children’s lives these days. So far, I have looked at how the anti-vax movement deals with how real science works and on how it often cites low quality studies. … Read more

Engaging With Bad Science Episode 1 – Why Sample Size Matters

Having been on the internet talking about bad science for about a year, I had until recently managed to stay away from talking about vaccines. However, I have recently broken my personal rule and talked about vaccines here. I was almost immediately reminded of why I had made such a rule, when I received quite … Read more

SafeMinds: When Science Doesn’t Behave

As a scientist who spends a lot of her time engaging with public policy and the media, the anti-vaccination (anti-vax for short) is one of the few things that manages to exasperate me on a semi-daily basis. The main reason I have not covered much of its proceedings on this blog is simply because I … Read more

The FDA Fights Back Against Homeopathy

As of December 2018, the FDA has proposedĀ a new, risk-based enforcement approach to homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients. This represents a welcome first step in attempting to regulate so-called “alternative medicine”, which has, as mentioned several times in this and in other related platforms, the potential to … Read more

How America Learns About Science

The recent public debate has highlighted how different groups of Americans perceive science and how they trust it (or don’t trust it) to make important decisions about their lives and the lives of those around them. Issues that have now become largely political, such as climate change, contraception, evolution and the conservation of natural resources … Read more

Why Naturopathy Isn’t Always Harmless

As someone who spends a lot of time talking about the dangers of “alternative medicine”, I often get confronted with the following argument against banning such practices: “Worst case scenario, it doesn’t work. That’s harmless. Why take something away that people rely on and that makes them feel better about their health?“. The point I … Read more