Episode #089


On this episode:
The inspiration for Mel Gibson’s the Passion of the Christ, alternative treatments in Valencia, the Heilpraktiker system in Germany, whether Down’s syndrome has been eradicated in Iceland and the new Full Fact tool.
Then a deep dive into the measles epidemic in Europe and the problem of crowdfunding for cancer trips to Mexico.

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Intro; Greetings & Feedback; This Week in Skepticism; Skeptical News; Analysis; Really Wrong; Quote

Show notes:
INTRO music

Greetings and Feedback

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This Week in Skepticism
Anne Catherine Emmerich – Catholic Augustinian Canoness, 8 September 1774 – 9 February 1824) who inspired Mel Gibson’s “the Passion of the Christ”

Skeptical News

  1. SPAIN: The miraculous enemas of Dr. Torres
    El Español
  2. GERMANY: Heilpraktiker under attack by panel of experts
    Edzard Ernst: the German Heilpraktiker is a dangerous and Anachronistic Nonsense
    Wikipedia: Heilpraktiker and Heilpraktikergesetz
  3. ICELAND: Has Iceland Eliminated Down Syndrome Through Abortion?
  4. UK: Full Fact – the new, automated way of spotting misinformation?
    The Guardian: Full Fact Software
    Fullfact.org: Frequently asked Questions

Analysis: European measles epidemic revisited

ECDC: Measles update July
Romanian Health Authorities: Weekly measles facts
Danish news: Local measles outbreak

Really Wrong: Crowdfunding trips to Alternative Cancer Clinics in Mexico

Cancer Reasearch UK: Alternative Cancer Treatments in Mexico
Al Jazeera: Javier Duarte detained in Guatemala

“A few drops of science will often disinfect an entire barrel full of ignorance and prejudice.”
/Hendrik Willem van Loon, Netherlands born historian, journalist, and award-winning children’s book author/



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