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Skepchick Quickies 7.24

And here’s a couple bonus links because they’re from my neck of the woods.

  • Pigs fly in Maine–  And here’s the local coverage of the “Wizard of Oz”-type storm.  Their words, not mine.
  • Can psychosis be prevented? – “PIER (Portland Identification and Early Referral) is an effort to find and treat patients in the “early stages of deterioration towards psychosis,” so as to prevent the development of psychotic illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.”  Harriet Hall discusses the possible problems of such a program.

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Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. The mirror lies? Damn I already saw ugly when I looked in the mirror. I wonder if I scare kids.

    Crackers? Again? Still? I mean come on, crackers?

    I would have really liked to see the pigs trying to swim in the air.

  2. However, others like Len Torine, who heads the American Association of Vegetarians, doesn’t see any humor in what he considers a “slur on veganism and vegetarianism,” which he finds “aggravating.”

    What kind of fanatic is this Len Torine (if that is his real name…). Calling someone’s opinion “aggravating” instead of blasphemous or a hate crime! That is not way to disagree with someone!

  3. [devil’s advocate]
    So a war criminal poses as an alternative practitioner, and we have just one instance of someone suffering side effects from detox, and that’s enough to declare all of alternative medicine quackery?

    Come on! You can do better than that! Conventional medicine has it’s share of epic fails too!
    [/devil’s advocate]

    I know that I should read more than just the headline, but I’m at work right now. I’ll do it later.

    But seriously, though, here’s a couple more I found this morning:

    Apparently soy foods can be bad for your little swimmers, and someone out there still thinks that cell phones are bad for you.

  4. Maybe those vegans are cranky because they don’t have the right balance in the rest of their lives. Rearrange the furniture in their living rooms and they’ll feel much better. I think.

  5. Living in Southern California I’ve been able to observe the vegan in their natural envirnment and can say that, they are generally a cranky bunch. It will take further study on my part to see if the fact that I’m generally observing them while eating a cheeseburger has anything to do with their attitude.

  6. @ Peregrine: The cell phone thing is currently making the rounds with -every- media outlet. I work in radio, and in our morning prep paper that we get every day, it was the #1 story. I spent a fair amount of time explaining to listeners the fact that the doctor is basing his conclusions on unpublished (hence unreviewed) data. My favorite bit was when he said “science moves too slow, we need to take action now!” Scary thoughts from someone who runs a cancer research center.

  7. Re: PIER.

    Can’t say I’d be in favor of treating ‘pre-psychosis’ folks as if they had psychosis.

    As pointed out in the comments below the article, that’s just too agressive given the difficulty of diagnosis and potential for after effects….and the available data doesn’t support it (i.e. PIER *has* no data available).

    I must note I’m biased, though, since I’ve had some rather negative experiences with shotgun-style medicating/therapy on the part of mental health professionals.

  8. I consider the worst side effect to detox’s and “nutritional cleanses” to be the fact that they seem to turn my friends into walking advertisements. I’ve heard the word “Isagenix” so damn often my head is going to explode…

  9. Maybe we should call it the “cell phone microwave theory” so everyone will know it is a lie and propaganda by the evil atheist scientists. If it were true, I would buy a bigger cell phone, a bluetooth headset and put it in my front pocket for a poor man’s vasectomy.

  10. “relying on GPS, home child birth and even being a vegetarian”

    I haven’t read the site itself, just this quote from the ABC article, but there is actually empirical data that supports the safety of home births. So if they start calling it unsafe quackery, I really hope they also mention complications from unnecessary interventions like optional c-sections and induction for convenience.

  11. “Living in Southern California I’ve been able to observe the vegan in their natural envirnment and can say that, they are generally a cranky bunch. It will take further study on my part to see if the fact that I’m generally observing them while eating a cheeseburger has anything to do with their attitude.”

    While I was at school in northern California, every group project I worked on included a vegetarian. The problems would start when it was time to eat, usually pizza. It would have to be vegetarian pizza, and I’d want sausage (they put eegplant and brocoli on veggi pizza there). Can we get half sausage? No, because the juice will run to the vegetarian side. Fine, I’ll get one of my own. No, because the smell will make them sick.

    About this this time I’d be almost as cranky as they were.

  12. @24: “(they put eegplant and brocoli on veggi pizza there)”

    aaaahh! when will this madness end?!?!

    Broccoli and eggplant have about as much business being on a vegetarian pizza as they do being in a vegetarian burrito, IMO.

    veg pizza = mushrooms, olives, onions, peppers, and combo of those.

    veg burrito = beans (pinto, not black! refried or whole), rice (mexican-style white, not brown!), cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo /salsa, guacamole, lettuce.

    No more grilled inappropriate vegetables on our americanized ethnic-esque foods!!

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