Month: April 2023

Lithium in Tap Water Probably Doesn’t Cause Autism

A recent study found an association between lithium in tap water and a diagnosis of autism in Danish children. Is it time to turn off the tap and grab the bottled water? Not so fast.

/ April 14, 2023

TikTok driving chlorophyll supplement fad

#chlorophyll is latest supplement trending on TikTok.

/ April 13, 2023

What Is Dopamine Detox?

Just another fad that oversimplifies a complex problem to sell an easy fix.

/ April 12, 2023

Science Base Satire: As a Free-Thinker, Everyone Must Conform

As a free-thinker, I find strangers intolerable.

/ April 11, 2023
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Del Bigtree

Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the unforced error of “debating” antivax propagandist Del Bigtree on The Highwire

Last week, astrophysicist and famed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on The Highwire, an antivax video podcast, to "debate" its host, antivax propagandist Del Bigtree. This incident demonstrates quite well why it is almost never a good idea for a scientist to agree to "debate" science deniers.

/ April 10, 2023

Yes, Schools Were Closed in Sweden

"I had kids in grades 4, 7, and 8 when the pandemic broke out. The latter two were remote for a year and then hybrid for another 6 months or so."

/ April 7, 2023
Alternative medicine scams

An SBM Advocate Goes To Washington

An update on the strategies and deceptions used by the CAM movement to promote their treatments.

/ April 5, 2023
Peter Gøtzsche

Peter Gøtzsche teams with an antivaxxer to exaggerate the harms of COVID-19 vaccines

Peter Gøtzsche, formerly leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center, has teamed with Maryanne Demasi to write a systematic review of the "harms" of COVID-19 vaccination. Besides accepting the highly dubious methodology behind one study, their preprint is yet another example of how EBM can be corrupted to promote antivax ideas.

/ April 3, 2023