Category: Cancer

On alcohol guidelines and social desirability

I’ve posted a piece at Psychology Today on the methodological problems surrounding Britain’s new alcohol consumption guidelines:

The UK government has published new guidelines on healthy alcohol consumption and, yes, as might be predicted, they are controversial. According to the new advice, adults — male or female — should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. That approximates to around 6 glasses of beer or 7 glasses of wine. Beyond this, the UK Department of Health argue that the risk of alcohol-related death, especially cancer, is significantly increased.

To say that folks were unhappy about the new guidelines would be putting it mildly. 

Feel free to read the rest of the piece here, if you are sober enough.


‘Miracle’ cure removes cancer, HIV, autism. By killing you

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Hat tip to c*nty_mc_sh*tb*lls over on Reddit for this one.

Irish patients warned ‘miracle cure’ from US church is bleach

A CONTROVERSIAL American Church which is coming to Ireland this weekend is promising a “miracle” cure for patients – but it is, in fact, industrial-strength bleach…On its website it is advertising the event as including access to its “miracle mineral solution” which, it claims, can “remove” a number of serious conditions including cancer, HIV and autism. However, the product – which is also known as MMS – has been banned in a number of countries including the US and the UK because tests by health and food watchdogs identified it as an “industrial-strength bleach”.

You can basically use a check-list to evaluate this type of story:

  • Church“: check
  • American“: check
  • miracle“: check
  • [cure for] cancer“: check
  • [and for] HIV“: ditto check
  • [and for] autism“: another check

Even the lower-order stuff is in there:

  • mineral“: check
  • solution“: check
  • Use of the word “remove” instead of “cure”: check

Oh, and let’s not forget the obvious: Continue reading “‘Miracle’ cure removes cancer, HIV, autism. By killing you”

Results being “due to” causes somehow doesn’t imply causality

So, last week I had the pleasure of enjoying this delicious meal while exploring some backstreet neighbourhoods in Muscat, Oman. See can you guess what the green stuff is…


Here’s a closer look…


And here it is listed on the menu:

Continue reading “Results being “due to” causes somehow doesn’t imply causality”

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