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« Reply #495 on: June 30, 2014, 04:34:18 PM »
You guys should do a segment on the Number Stations.

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #496 on: June 30, 2014, 07:02:19 PM »
You guys should do a segment on the Number Stations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToC2QjoFluI
Skeptoid did a pretty good one already if you're interested. I would check that out for sure.
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« Reply #497 on: July 01, 2014, 11:02:26 AM »
Cool! Thanks for the heads up. Here is crazy news topic... not exactly sure how it falls into skepticism except that I'm skeptical that this will actually be good for anyone let alone work. It involves doctors and stuff :P

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/24/cigarette-ban-british-medical-association
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« Reply #498 on: July 01, 2014, 11:28:04 AM »
You guys should do a segment on the Number Stations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToC2QjoFluI
Skeptoid did a pretty good one already if you're interested. I would check that out for sure.


Reality Check, too.

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #499 on: July 01, 2014, 01:40:35 PM »
You guys should do a segment on the Number Stations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToC2QjoFluI
Skeptoid did a pretty good one already if you're interested. I would check that out for sure.


Reality Check, too.
oh cool, looking that up now...
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« Reply #500 on: July 02, 2014, 12:57:16 PM »
Came across this one today;

http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-weapon-in-fight-against-superbugs-1404175658?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_health

If true, awesome! But this is WSJ, and I can't shake that nagging "if"...

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« Reply #501 on: July 08, 2014, 03:01:31 AM »
I don't know if this is true with other medical insurance providers globally, but I have found that Medibank Private in Australia reimburses members for certain 'alternative and natural therapies' (a huge list including myotherapy, remedial massage, reflexology, western herbalism, chinese herbalism, shiatsu, exercise physiology, Alexander technique, Bowen Therapy, aromatherapy, Kinesiology... ), in some cases more than you can get from real science based services. This has annoyed the [heck] out of me, and was wondering if this insanity was the case elsewhere and if so if perhaps some sort of campaign was in order? Just to get things moving, I'll post the message I sent to them about my coverage...

Hi

I'd just like to note my dismay at the fact my extras cover includes an allowance for Alternative and Natural Therapies - things like Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Aromatherapy..... most if not all having no scientific evidence that they provide anything more than what could be attributed to the placebo effect.

I have no problem with people choosing these sorts of services in a recreational manner, but my issue is with Medibank providing implicit approval of them.... basically implying that going to an Naturopath is as valid as going to a podiatrist or dietician. In fact I could claim up to $400 for seeing a Naturopath giving me pseudo scientific treatment, but can only claim $250 for the glasses I need to physically get around or $180 every three years for the nebulizer required to help my wife with asthma breathe.

The big issue is of course a person might be sick and decide to undergo alternative therapy rather than conventional (science based) medicine. Steve Jobs is a recent quite public example of a person who did this, and whose life was probably shortened due to his holding off from science based treatment.

So:
I am concerned that Medibank providing coverage for these services means that these are being supported by Medibank as true alternatives to real medicine and therapies that have been proven to work
I am concerned that people may not get the treatment they really need, when they need it
I am concerned that Medibank is paying for people to be treated twice for the same ailment
I am concerned that people may go to a naturopath and rather than have a child immunised, have 'homeopathic immunisation' that puts both the child as well as other children in the community at risk of serious illness from hooping cough, chicken pox etc.
I am concerned that Medibank may get sued because of the above, and that our monthly rates will increase to cover legal costs
I am concerned that part of my monthly payments are going towards funding these so called therapies

I would suggest that including these services be *optional* rather than by default, with a big warning when people select it that states something along the lines that these are not based on science and that Medibank strongly recommends consulting a doctor rather than, or in conjunction with, these services.
I would then suggest either reducing the current rates OR increasing the levels of coverage for approved medical services (eg increasing optical, dental, etc)

I know that this may take time to do, but although I am happy with other aspects of the services my family and I have recieved from Medibank over the years, this does concern me enough to consider changing to a different health provider.

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Excuse me for replying to a 2 year old comment - but I just saw this comment after running a search for some exercise physiology based material. Let me preface by saying that exercise physiology is *not* alternative or 'natural' therapy - please get yours facts straight before lumping us with that alternative nonsense. Exercise Physiology as a science-based profession is solidly grounded in the latest scientific research and is a rehab profession which uses movement therapy to help with the rehabilitation or slowing of progression for chronic diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, musculoskeletal disease etc etc, and is not entirely disimilar to physiotherapy in some respect (not that physios as a group are entirely innocent of implementing their own forms of woo-woo on the odd occasion).

Exercise physiology is most certainly not alternative or natural medicine, and I'm not sure what lead you to this incorrect conclusion.

While I'm on the topic, here's an infograph I made (on my blog at www.Skeptifit.com) to help educate people about the differences between a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, and personal trainer - and how the domains can overlap.



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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions: Artificial Sweeteners and Insulin Resistance
« Reply #502 on: July 08, 2014, 12:30:21 PM »
The SGU has discussed the safety of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame in the past (e.g. Podcast #440 - December 21st, 2013), and there are two posts on Science Based Medicine which discuss the issue:

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/are-artificial-sweeteners-safe/
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/aspartame-truth-vs-fiction/

However, it seems that some evidence may be emerging that sucralose and aspartame trigger insulin release just like sugar does; these are recent news reports:

http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/25491.aspx
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/09/artificial-sweeteners-worse-than-sugar.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/261179.php

and these are articles which cover the issue:

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/04/30/dc12-2221.abstract?sid=802a9949-c04c-4304-b31c-b78bc39f73d1
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22697049

Other articles I've found don't seem so clear-cut:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22853297
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20303371

I've tried to cut down my sugar intake over the last few years, and to some extent I've done it by substituting foods (such as yoghurt) containing artificial sweeteners. I'm not overweight; my main objective has been to lessen the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. If it turns out that artificial sweeteners don't help in that regard, I'd definitely make some changes to my diet.

I think this would make a good topic for the SGU to cover again, in view of the recent findings.

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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions: Artificial Sweeteners and Insulin Resistance
« Reply #503 on: July 08, 2014, 09:20:12 PM »
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/09/artificial-sweeteners-worse-than-sugar.aspx


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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #504 on: July 10, 2014, 02:13:27 AM »
BTW This isn't actually my first post - for some reason my account keeps getting deactivated (thanks to the admin who obviously reactivated it after my requests in the chat window - would still be awesome to know why this keeps happening to me as it's quite frustrating!).

AFAIK accounts get deactivated automatically after a certain period of non-use to reduce overheads.
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Re: Podcast Topic suggestions
« Reply #506 on: July 14, 2014, 10:37:33 AM »
Have you seen this article about research on non-celiac gluten sensitivity?  Sounds like a good example of a study done right: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rosspomeroy/2014/05/15/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity-may-not-exist/

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« Reply #507 on: July 14, 2014, 12:53:16 PM »
Have you seen this article about research on non-celiac gluten sensitivity?  Sounds like a good example of a study done right: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rosspomeroy/2014/05/15/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity-may-not-exist/
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« Reply #508 on: July 15, 2014, 02:01:20 AM »
Have you seen this article about research on non-celiac gluten sensitivity?  Sounds like a good example of a study done right: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rosspomeroy/2014/05/15/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity-may-not-exist/
I dare you to post this on facebook... the last time I did I got blown up by every woomeister on my friends feed.  :D ;)


Interesting how people respond, if a bit predictable. It's pretty a damning for the whole gluten thing.

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« Reply #509 on: July 20, 2014, 08:26:34 PM »
Hi Rogues.    I think what follows might be a very interesting podcast discussion topic because it impacts over a billion people and has high relevance to skeptical thinking, and NO ONE else seems to be covering it.   

Have you noticed that in recent months, Facebook has introduced a subtle but very significant change.   Now, when you click on a viral story in your newsfeed, read it, and then return to your newsfeed, you will see 3 additional "related" stories that suddenly appear immediately below the original news item.  Have you noticed that?

I haven't heard anyone in the media or even my FB friends point out or acknowledge this change, but I think it has potentially very positive social ramifications.  Why??   I have noticed that almost invariably, when the original post is from some pseudoscientific source, like Food Babe or her ilk, sensationalizing one form of utter bullshit or another, when I return to the newsfeed, the first of the 3 "newly appended", related stories, is often a story that completely debunks the original?   It is often a Snopes entry, or a prestigious source calling out the total nonsense of the original post.     

The ramifications of this are obvious, right?   Since so many Facebookers live in a bubble, only friending like-minded individuals, they will often share bullshit stories, and only receive positive reinforcement in the comments of the share by equally deluded friends, which serves to perpetuate and reinforce misinformation.     By making this change, FB is forcing breaks in the bubbles.    People are subtly being trained to not believe the first thing they read, or at least to consider that there may be other perspectives.   I think this is significant since so many people practically live on Facebook.

What do you guys think???

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