Tag Archives: magical thinking

It’s exorcism time again

This month, you get the chance to attend the “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation” course held at the Vatican. The annual course, “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation,” is designed for priests and lay persons interested in learning how to recognize … Continue reading

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Return to Blogging

I’ve had a summer of home renovations, parties, company, and beach, so blogging dropped to a very low priority. These activities took precedence:  

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The Dangers of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the more popular forms of CAM and is often touted by practitioners as being risk free. The truth is something else. The latest criticism comes from a study published in PLOS One. The authors describe 30 … Continue reading

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Australian Report – Homoeopathy doesn’t Work

In a report that should surprise no one, a draft paper by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) concluded that homoeopathy is useless. The committee, composed of physicians, pharmacists, and academics, worked under the following guidelines:

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Dueling Theories of Exorcism

Last summer, I wrote about Bob Larson who runs a private school for exorcists as well as performing personal and Skype based exorcisms. However, he has his critics, and not just from the skeptical crowd. “They just can’t be done … Continue reading

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Homoeopathy for asthma

An image posted by Scott Gavura at Science Based Pharmacy led me to look up what homoeopathic treatments are recommended for asthma. According to the British Homeopathic Association, the following are suggested. It is important to note that all of … Continue reading

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Drug dealers are the Devil

At least in the eyes of the Catholic Church in Mexico. Estimates by Mexican media have suggested that since 2006, approximately 70,000 people have died in the drug wars.and many thousands more have been disappeared. The church’s explanation? Demons. “We … Continue reading

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Still around or Spirits in our material world

Self Proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne has recently died, and the New York Times has a spot-on obituary for her. I am quite sure that she has many mourners, both within her family and among her many followers. However, in this … Continue reading

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Born Again Virgins

Religion has mastered the art of slut shaming to an amazing degree. The most extreme physical manifestation is the hymenoplasty, where a woman’s hymen is restore to virginal status. This is nearly exclusively done in cultures in which religions, such … Continue reading

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Did she see it coming?

Two years ago, so called psychic Rose Marks of Florida was charged with fraud after taking over $20 million from author Jude Deveraux and undisclosed amounts from other clients. It took two years, but she has been convicted on all … Continue reading

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