Sunday, December 16, 2007

New anti-pseudoscience blog

Okay, it's not new, it's just new to me.

The blog is Respectful Influence, found at

I came across the blog after seeing an add on cable for Miracle Foot Patches. These things are supposed to "detoxify" your body by drawing "toxins" out of your feet. You can tell, because the patches get this dirty colour on them! It's got to be toxins, right? I mean, why else would the soles of your feet make a sticky pad of goo turn dirty?

The debunking of these things is here:

Perusing the blog I found something political that should have been noted in regular media, but really wasn't. Republican Dan Burton has been interfering in the Autism Omnibus hearings. These are hearings that were ordered to look into whether or not vaccinations cause autism. Forget the fact that science has debunked the autism/vaccination "link". Anyway, the first few test cases weren't going well in the hearings, so Burton — a believer in autism/vaccination link pseudoscience — wrote to the hearings to try and influence them.

The mainstream media might have missed it, but it's documented here:

This is going to be one of my "must go to, daily" blogs.


Peter M. said...

Great blog that one. Another skeptical source to look at is The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, a podcast that is freely available and really excellent. They talk about all sorts of stuff and devote some time to politicians who are scientifically illiterate.

Allan Goodall said...

Sounds good! I'll look out for that one!