January 5, 2011
Here is the second part of my look back at the big skeptic-related news stories from last year. I just reviewed last January here. And here’s February. Hopefully, I’ll cover more than one month of the year in the next installment.
Homeopaths admit their products have no active ingredients – The 10:23 homeopathic overdose campaign has driven the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths to admit that their products do not contain any “material substances”:
Council spokeswoman Mary Glaisyer admitted publicly that “there´s not one molecule of the original substance remaining” in the diluted remedies that form the basis of this multi-million-dollar industry.
Lancet retracts1998 Wakefield study
Motivational speaker James Arthur Ray, guru of The Secret was officially charged with manslaughter – This earns him a nomination for biggest douchebag of the year.
Kevin Trudeau pissed off the wrong judge – This earns him a nomination for biggest douchebag of the year.
The Desiree Jennings case may have been exposed as a fraud, though the damage was already done
Andrew Wakefield booted out of Thoughtful House
The Secular Coalition met with the White House
February 16, 2009
Unlike numerous other parts of the world that are suffering measle epidemics due largely to anti-vaccine hysteria, Australia has made measles their bitch by all but eliminating measles completely:
High take-up rates of the infant measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine has led to the elimination of the endemic measles virus in Australia, immunisation experts say. Researchers from the University of Sydney, writing in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, claim that in 2005 and 2007, Australia satisfied the main criteria of having a low level of measles infection, with less than one case per million people.
Way to go, Australia! Now unfortunately, there have been some obstacles along the way:
A total of 125 cases were reported in 2006 – equivalent to six cases per million – but more than half of these were attributed to a outbreak linked to the tour of a foreign spiritual group.
The aforementioned spiritual group was a traveling Hindu spiritualist who gave hugs to people everywhere he went. . .in addition to giving them a deadly disease, proving once again that religion kills.