New Website!

9 Dec

Hello all!
I appear to have moved my blog.
You can find it here: My new blog!
I’d appreciate it if you could all update your links!
Thanks all,
Rhys

Project sCAM

30 Nov

Hello all!
Just a quick blog to let you know that I will soon be sending a number of letters off to the Welsh Health Boards.
I will let you figure out what they will be about from the title of this post.
Ciao for now!

To Judge Judy

29 Nov

To introduce this post, I accused a commenter on the Bleachgate blogpost of being an ‘alternative medicine’ apologist in a private email. They posted this as a comment and emailed me back to say that I was confused about who hadn’t made their mind up about MMS.
This was my response.
I want to post it because I feel it also highlights just why I want to deal with MMS.

To Judge Judy
First, I accused you of being an alternative medicine apologist because you used one of their prime tactics, attacking conventional medicine.
Secondly, you’ve not made up your mind on MMS? Fair enough.
However, consider this: no clinical evidence exists for it, only anecdotes. Also, toxicity studies show that ClO2 (MMS), in doses lower than Jim recommends, is a neurotoxin and a thyroid toxin. These both are worrying. The fact that Jim sells MMS, or at least used to, and now instead makes money from others with his book, DVDs, courses and royalties from other MMS suppliers, then lies and says he makes no money from MMS, is even more worrying, especially since we’re talking about what is supposedly a medicine. A pseudo medicine that is being targeted specifically at those most vulnerable, those with cancer, AIDS and other life threatening, horrible illnesses. Even worse, it’s targeted at those with chronic illnesses, those with the most potential to suffer from the long term damaging effects of it.
All this, without a shred of evidence that it works.
Perhaps now you see my worry and desire to sort this out ASAP?
– Rhys

Sense about Science fundraiser

25 Nov

Hello everyone!

As I am approaching my 20,000th tweet, I decided it would be a good idea to try and raise some money for Sense about Science!

The basics are, you bid. If you win, then I will tweet almost whatever you like – to promote it, advertise it or just have a funny tweet as my 20,000th.

Basically, tweet me your bid. When you bid, I will announce it on Twitter so that everyone else can see the latest bid too.

Obviously, there must be some ground rules:

1. Bid money must be paid through PayPal.

2. No, I will not promote any woo or bad science as my 20,000th tweet.

3. And, uhh… I think that’s it.

If I think of any more rules, I will add them here and let you all know. If you want to run anything past me, you can email me – thewelshboyo (-at-) gmail (-dot-) com

The bidding starts today and will run until 8pm on the 2nd of December.

So, let the bidding begin!

Rodial Ltd.

11 Nov

Today, I called Rodial Ltd. to ask if they had any scientific evidence for their product, Boob job.

As you may know, Rodial have sued a prominent British plastic surgeon, Dalia Nield, for saying that it’s highly unlikely that the £125-a-bottle cream would increase breast size. You can read more on this here. This is another example of our highly flawed libel laws being used to stifle scientific discourse and debate.

Scientific debates cause us to go and research things to find out exactly what is and isn’t true. Without it, we learn nothing. If people sue simply because someone disagrees with them or highlights the lack of evidence for their claims, we learn nothing.

It is right to question people making claims of any kind – scientific or otherwise.

In the case of Rodial. Ltd, they make claims about increasing breast size without providing a shred of evidence. I know this because as stated earlier, I phoned them up to ask for the evidence. They told me that they had done trials, but were not willing to produce this evidence to me because I was a member of the public. I leave you, the reader, to decide exactly what that suggests.

They also asked for my contact details. I don’t see the reasoning for that once they’d told me that they had no evidence that they were willing to provide me.

As a result of this phone call and my disgust at Rodial’s disregard for the scientific process including verification of evidence and debate and their abuse of our disgusting libel laws, I reported them to Trading Standards for making ‘unverifiable and sensational claims without providing scientific evidence to justify these claims’. We wouldn’t let pharmaceutical companies get away with it, so why let Rodial Ltd?

So, I pose the question to you, dear reader, what are you going to do about Rodial Ltd. and their sensational, unjustifiable claims?

P.S. Carmen has reminded me to add a link to the Libel Reform website!

The Mass Libel Reform Blog – Fight for Free Speech!

10 Nov

Free Speech is Not For Sale

This week is the first anniversary of the report Free Speech is Not for Sale, which highlighted the oppressive nature of English libel law. In short, the law is extremely hostile to writers, while being unreasonably friendly towards powerful corporations and individuals who want to silence critics.

The English libel law is particularly dangerous for bloggers, who are generally not backed by publishers, and who can end up being sued in London regardless of where the blog was posted. The internet allows bloggers to reach a global audience, but it also allows the High Court in London to have a global reach.

You can read more about the peculiar and grossly unfair nature of English libel law at the website of the Libel Reform Campaign. You will see that the campaign is not calling for the removal of libel law, but for a libel law that is fair and which would allow writers a reasonable opportunity to express their opinion and then defend it.

The good news is that the British Government has made a commitment to draft a bill that will reform libel, but it is essential that bloggers and their readers send a strong signal to politicians so that they follow through on this promise. You can do this by joining me and over 50,000 others who have signed the libel reform petition at http://www.libelreform.org/sign

Remember, you can sign the petition whatever your nationality and wherever you live. Indeed, signatories from overseas remind British politicians that the English libel law is out of step with the rest of the free world.

If you have already signed the petition, then please encourage friends, family and colleagues to sign up. Moreover, if you have your own blog, you can join hundreds of other bloggers by posting this blog on your own site. There is a real chance that bloggers could help change the most censorious libel law in the democratic world.

We must speak out to defend free speech. Please sign the petition for libel reform at http://www.libelreform.org/sign

Super-Duper Woo-Fighting Duo (with capes!)

7 Nov

Hello everyone!

As you might know, Marianne aka @noodlemaz and I have started a podcast, Super-Duper Woo-Fighting Duo (with capes!).

You can also find us on iTunes here Super-Duper Woo-Fighting Duo (with capes!) (reviews much appreciated!)

In this podcast, we are reviewing and reading Jim Humble’s book, The Miracle Mineral Solution of the 21st Century

It is a comedy goldmine.

We will also be having guest reports. In episode 3, we will have one from Kash Farooq (@kashfarooq on Twitter)

As an extra, Marianne has written out transcripts with added links and pictures, so you can see exactly what we were talking about/where we got our information from.

You can view them here:

So, subscribe, review, send in your feedback to 

Hope you enjoy it!

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