Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Supplements: More harm than good?

An article in the Guardian recently talks about supplements and focuses on an example where antioxidants went from being an interesting scientific observation to super miracle supplement in a really short time.

We can understand from the antioxidant story how something 'assumed' can immediately be euphemistically used, mangled and quote-mined in order to make the public feel they are missing out on something grand.

Article is here:
"More harm than good?"

Malaysians in particular, please take heed, as we sure are familiar enough with supplements:
That survey puts the number at 52% of Malaysians.

As the article in the guardian shows: not understanding what you consume could easily make you one of the gullible folks forking out money for hyped up rumours of health, and then shoving them down the throat of your kids, loved ones and yourself... in the process telling them that its OK to pop pills with no effects as its a simple way to feel like you have done yourself some good.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Homeopathy harmless?

These parents I’m sure had their child’s best interest in mind.
…but due to their inability to grasp something as simple as efficacy, they now are charged with the manslaughter of their child.

It must be shitty to lose a child then be blamed for it, but justice certainly has been served here.

This is not the only case, and no more tragic than others, but it was fully avoidable if proper knowledge was promoted.

Things like this explain best my dissatisfaction with pseudo sciences.

Homeopathy is on the rise in Malaysia.
Please keep your relatives, friends and loved ones aware of its danger and false hopes.
Sometimes they really do cost a little more than money.