Ancient Magnesium PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harriet Hall, MD, The SkepDoc   
Sunday, 13 December 2009 10:58

A company called Ancient Minerals is selling magnesium supplements that are applied to the skin rather than taken orally. Somewhat ungrammatically, they claim that "some benefits of Ancient Minerals magnesium products" include:

- Restores cellular magnesium levels
- Natural cellular protectant
- Facilitates safe and effective detoxification
- Relief of aches, pains, spasms
- Elevates mood and relieves stress
- Encourages healthy skin tissue
- Helps maintain proper muscle function
- Boosts energy levels
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Balances the hormonal system
- Calms overactive nerves
- Improves quality of sleep

The Ghost Box Challenge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rich Montalvo   
Friday, 11 December 2009 11:16

The JREF has a very active YouTube channel through which we receive direct messages from both skeptics and believers. Sometimes we receive videos from YouTubers as proofs of paranormal activity.

Here we have one such paranormal "proof," in which the videomaker presents his evidence for the existence of ghosts. Before we respond, I thought we should ask our Swift audience to have a look at the video and provide explanations of exactly what is going on here.

Harriet Hall's Big Big News PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brandon K. Thorp   
Thursday, 10 December 2009 09:05

Here's an extremely cool announcement from our friend, Harriet Hall, MD, also known as the SkepDoc. She publishes regularly here, on Science-Based Medicine, and elsewhere. She'll soon add another feather to her authorial cap, the provenance of which is so paradigm-crackingly weird that you'll barely believe it. Read below for Harriet's stunning announcement.

Last Week In Science-Based Medicine PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Harriet Hall, MD, The SkepDoc   
Monday, 07 December 2009 09:00

Here is a recap of the stories that appeared last week at Science-Based Medicine, a multi-author skeptical blog that separates the science from the woo in medicine.

Exciting Times at The JREF PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by James Randi   
Monday, 07 December 2009 12:34

As you've probably heard, Phil is soon leaving us to pursue a television project, and D. J. Grothe will become the Foundation's new President, beginning January 1, 2010. So as we prepare to enter the year 2010, we of the James Randi Educational Foundation face new challenges and also new opportunities.

I accepted Phil's decision to move on with great reluctance, a reluctance tempered by the coming-aboard of D. J. Grothe, whose extensive experience with other skeptical causes will serve us well, I'm very sure. Of course, we'll always continue to welcome Phil's advice, critiques, and observations on how we're progressing. His number will always be on my phone dialer, and he can expect calls to help us over any bumps that may lie ahead.

Now, we're being warned by the woo-woos that in 2012 everything will come to a fiery end, as they believe that the ancient Mayans knew about such matters. However, Sylvia Browne hasn't made exit plans so far, so we can be confident -- based on her past record of knowing the future with such pin-point accuracy -- that those Meso-Americans might have been off a bit...

I am excited about the JREF's future. Incoming President Grothe is full of great plans and ideas, and he'll be working with the full and energetic cooperation of Linda, Alison, Jeff, Brandon, Rich, Bart and myself to increase the impact of the JREF in the years ahead. Just stand back and give us room!

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