Skepchick Quickies 6.1


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. The ’no cycles’ reminds me of Mercedes Benzene molecule jokes back in high school biology. Nerds are always nerds.

  2. The notion of acupuncture causing tissue damage which triggers the release of adenosine as an anti-inflammatory almost sounds plausible.

    It also has me wondering if the release of endorphins might provide a mechanism by which acupuncture may work beyond the placebo effect. If so, emo kids with razor blades have only recently discovered what ancient Chinese medicine has known for centuries!

  3. Off topic:
    I need a little help finding an article…I read a skeptical article recently on the CieAura “holographic chip” that’s supposed to be about as good as miracle water from Lourdes for curing pain, etc. I can’t find the damned article now. I just found out my sister-in-law (who should know better) is selling this crap. Did anyone else see that article? Can someone provide a link?
    All I can find on Google is a million “testimonials” about this crappy MLM/pyramid scheme.

    [email protected]

  4. @Peregrine: It does sound plausible. Even if there’s something to that claim though, people need to admit that it’s not acupuncture that’s helpful, it’s sticking needles into your body. The main difference between the two being the price tag.

  5. @James Fox, I remember making a contraption with the plastic molecule construction sets in chemistry class that looked like the starship enterprise.

    The dish was a carbon ring, the nacelles were oxygen-hydrogen atoms, but it probably contained a few atoms that couldn’t possibly fit in the spot they were in for the hull.

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