Category: HIV/AIDS

‘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”

Yes, it’s a list! Five Profoundest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2013

Okay, 2013 is as good as over, and you’re no doubt currently bombarded by countdowns and reviews describing cultural highlights from the last 12 months. Basically, it was all twerking, One Direction, Rob Ford, North West-Kardashian, Edward Snowden, horsemeat, and Syria. I get it. (Please make it stop…)

There has also been no shortage of science-related highlights lists for 2013. I refer you in particular to those from io9, Gizmodo, and Wired, as well as Ed Yong‘s anti-list of “hidden gems”. These are certainly all top notch.

But, as ever, my purpose is to blog about the way science is greeted by regular Joes/Josephines like you. The hoi polloi. The masses. The great unwashed, as it were. Yes, you, dear reader.

(By the way, did I ever tell you that you are my favourite reader? [FYI: Do please take a moment to locate your nearest ‘Share’ and ‘Like’ buttons (hint: they’re behind you)]).

So I’m not looking for bells and whistles and fancy data visualisations, I’m looking for profundity. I’m looking for the type of science that makes us re-think what it actually means to be us. The science that makes us go “Woah, horsey!” or even, at times, “Cowabunga!Continue reading “Yes, it’s a list! Five Profoundest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2013”

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