Iridology: More Woo for Profit!

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SDHoS would like to thank Austin James for bringing this to our attention.

Iridology (also known as iridodiagnosis or iridiagnosis) is an alternative medicine technique whose proponents claim that patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information about a patient’s systemic health.

Origins

Proponents of iridology attribute its development to Ignatz von Peczely, a Hungarian physician who, during his childhood, had accidentally broken the leg of an owl and noticed a black stripe in the lower part of the owl’s eye. Nonadherents suggest that von Peczely may have developed his theory to pass time while he was imprisoned after the 1848 Hungarian revolution. After his release from prison he allegedly saved the life of his mother with homeopathic remedies, recalled the incident of the owl’s eye, and began studying the eyes of his patients. Read more Iridology: More Woo for Profit!

Homeopathy Huckster of the Month: Dana Ullman, MPH CCH

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This article was updated on 03/20/2016

Dana Ullman, MPH CCH, maintains a web site titled ‘Homeopathic Educational Services'[1] for the sale of homeopathic ‘remedies’. It is an educational site in much the same way that amazon.com is an educational site. It states:

Why our site is trustworthy AND worthy of your business and support!

Our owner is Dana Ullman, MPH, who TIME magazine described as “the Leading Proselytizer of Homeopathy” and ABC News touted as “Homeopathy’s Foremost Spokesman.” Dana has devoted his life to homeopathy. He regularly speaks at leading medical schools and universities. He has authored 10 books and authored chapters on homeopathy in 3 leading medical textbooks. Dana authors an exceedingly popular column at the HuffingtonPost.

So, being a proselytizer and a spokesman qualifies one to be an educator. Who knew? Read more Homeopathy Huckster of the Month: Dana Ullman, MPH CCH

Cashing In on the Anti-Vaccine Scare

Science Denier Hall of Shame would like to thank @Takethatdoctors for bringing this to our attention.

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John P. Thomas of Health Impact News has published yet another article on the dangers of vaccine use. It’s titled ‘Dr. Andrew Moulden: Learning to Identify Vaccine Damage’

It starts out like this:

Dr. Andrew Moulden wanted every parent in the world to know about the harmful effects of vaccines. His desire was that everyone would reject the use of vaccines after examining the evidence of the harm they cause.[1]

Read more Cashing In on the Anti-Vaccine Scare

Reader’s Request: Nibiru, the Phantom Planet, Coming to Destroy Us?

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Lance Oleviri made the following request:

I would love to see an in depth discussion about Nibiru. So many people truly believe in this bunk, phantom planet, and trying to convince people, with science, is frustrating. I think you would do a great job.

We’ll do our best, Lance.

Nibiru: Mythical Planet of Doom

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UPDATED: Toddler Victim of Anti-Vaxxer and Alternative Medicine Trends

Toddler died from meningitis after anti-vaxxer parents treated him with home remedies instead of medicine

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UPDATED 03/11/2016
We often mix humor with our articles to help emphasize various important points. Not this time.
We recently published an article on the origins of the ‘Anti-Vaxxer‘ movement, and another on ‘alternative medicine‘. We’re bringing it up again because of the following tragedy that occurred in 2012. 
Collet Stephan, 35, and her husband David Stephan, 32, face up to five years in jail for failing to provide the necessities of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in March 2012.

David Stephan, 32, and his wife Collet Stephan, 35, have pleaded not guilty to failing to provide the necessities of life for 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in March 2012. RCMP said at the time that the boy had been ill for a couple of weeks but his parents only called for an ambulance when he stopped breathing. He was airlifted to a hospital in Calgary and, after five days, doctors took him off life support machines. Doctors told the boy’s parents he died of meningitis. [1]

Read more UPDATED: Toddler Victim of Anti-Vaxxer and Alternative Medicine Trends