Archive for October, 2015

“Sugar Awareness” Awarenesss

Back in July, this image was shared on the Facebook page of Natural Child World Magazine.

Board depicting several beverages, with bags of sugar hung below them.

“Sugar Awareness: This should be displayed in every school. What do you think?”

Browsing through their content, NCW seems to predominantly publish fluffy pieces about how lovely it is to be a parent. But they do seem to have something of a bee in their bonnet about sugar.

In itself, this is reasonable. Sugar is likely a contributing factor to rising obesity, especially childhood obesity, and reducing it could plausibly help with that. But the image itself raised a few red flags for me.

It depicts what looks like a display in a school, with several popular drinks cable-tied to a backing board. Below each drink is a transparent plastic bag, which appears to represent the amount of sugar in that drink. As best I can tell, the drinks are 1) a bottle of water, 2) a carton of chocolate milk, 3) a carton of pineapple squash, 4) a can of orange juice, 5) a can of Red Bull, 6) a bottle of lemon iced tea, and 7) a can of Coca Cola. NCW captioned this “Sugar Awareness: This should be displayed in every school.”

Mostly notably for me, the volume of sugar presented as being in the can of Coke seems to exceed the volume of the can itself! I know Coke is notorious for its sugar content, but that seems rather over the top.
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Skeptics with a K: Episode #159

Coca-cola, spice cake, nail polish, and Schedule 1 of the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs etc.) Regulations 2004. Plus tales from Florida, tales from Italy, Alice getting drunk, and Back to the Future Day. It’s a ridiculous, overlong, and unedited episode of Skeptics with a K. We’re sorry.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #158

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, migrant bees, surgical instruments, and sleep paralysis. Plus Alzheimer’s, pesticides, Doctor Who, and genetic engineering. Who would fabricate news stories just to get clicks? Certainly not Skeptics with a K.

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Homeopathy in the UK: The NHS and Beyond – Michael Marshall

marshWhen:  Thursday, October 15th, 2015, 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

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As Alok Jha has unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute due to work commitments, our Vice President Michael Marshall will step in to deliver a talk.

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Homeopathy is one of the most widely debunked form of alternative medicine – yet homeopathic remedies adorn the shelves of respected pharmacies and are funded by taxpayers on the NHS. How big of a problem is this? Using information and personal experiences gathered during his last 6 years of campaigning against homeopathy, Michael Marshall will highlight how much money is spent on homeopathic remedies, how this gives undeserved credibility to homeopathy, how such remedies can lead to genuine harm and what you can do to help.

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

Our speaker events have wheelchair access, via a portable ramp which can be installed on-demand. If possible, please let us know you’re coming through contact@merseysideskeptics.org.uk so we can make sure the ramp is ready.

 

 

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The Cult of Dave – David Alnwick

When:  Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Vines, 81 Lime St, Liverpool

Mind Reader. Cult Leader. Dave.

David Alnwick takes his critically acclaimed magic show on tour, gathering new followers in order to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming the leader of his own cult. Employing practical, real world examples of ‘social manipulation’, Dave will entertain, excite and inspire. Come and worship at the feet of your new lord and commander.

– “F***ing Ninja Ginger Wizard” -ThreeWeeks
– “COMPLETELY F***ING AWESOME” – The Skinny
– “Impossible tricks, indestructible wit; he is charming, fluid and insanely quick!” – #SRCZ

After the performance Dave will give a 30 minute talk on the ideas and techniques employed within the show including some mention on the wider psychology in play, followed by a question and answer session.

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