The Skeptic Zone

Richard Saunders

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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and his team of reporters for your weekly dose of skeptical news and interviews, reports and comments. Past guests have included, James Randi, Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, Eugenie Scott, Dr Phil Plait, Michael Marshall, Dr Steve Novella, Dr Pamela Gay, Jon Ronson, Dr Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh, Prof. Richard Wiseman, Dick Smith, Banachek, Prof. Chris French, George Hrab, Tim Ferguson, Dr Paul Willis and many, many more. Featuring Australian radio legend Maynard with his Spooky Action, Jo Alabaster from the 'Evidence Please' blog, Eran Segev's Grain of Salt, Dr Rachael Dunlop with 'Dr Rachie Reports' and Heidi Robertson aka 'The Raw Skeptic'.


The Skeptic Zone #399 - 12.June.2016

June 12th, 2016

Episode 415 of 472 episodes

0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:09:18 Labor scraps rebates for natural therapies Taxpayers won't be subsidising them if Bill Shorten becomes prime minister. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen announced on Friday that from July 1, 2017, taxpayer-funded private health insurance rebates would no longer be available for natural therapies. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/06/10/labor-scraps-rebates-natural-therapies 0:12:10 The Good Thinking Society welcomes NHS Liverpool CCG’s report on homeopathy funding Continued funding or end of funding to be decided on June 14. The Good Thinking Society welcomed a report from NHS Liverpool CCG on the subject of homeopathy, which showed overwhelming support from Liverpool residents for an end to funding. http://goodthinkingsociety.org/the-good-thinking-society-welcomes-nhs-liverpool-ccgs-report-on-homeopathy-funding/ 0:16:24 Does Naturopathy work? The truth about ‘natural’ medicine - Shelley Stocken Recent reports of a Sydney naturopath allegedly endangering the life of a baby; the son of a naturopath shunning radiotherapy for “alternative therapies”; and a disgraced Gold Coast doctor turning to naturopathy rather than maintaining her registration raise the question, what’s the deal with naturopathy? http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/does-naturopathy-work-the-truth-about-natural-medicine/news-story/ebba033e2bad6801f736db1a9235cc9e 0:22:53 Dr Brad McKay on TV Dr Brad appears on TODAY Extra and calls out homeopathy for what it is! What do the viewers think? https://www.9now.com.au/today/2016/clip-cip8uo3fo000o0jo4cdezivrw/b86e4809-12aa-46c6-b558-62964b24b04a 0:31:46 Failed stockbroking firm consulting a psychic Glenn Rosewall, executive chairman of the failed stockbroking firm BBY, was consulting a psychic and ‘vibrational healer’ for at least 12 months prior to the firm’s demise, according to sources. http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/06/01/boss-of-failed-stockbroking-firm-sought-business-advice-from-pyschic/ 0:37:43 Threats of assault against Reasonable Hank Explicit and direct threats of physical assault towards the blogger uploaded to facebook. https://reasonablehank.com/2016/06/10/shawn-dhu-posts-video-threats-of-assault-against-reasonable-hank/

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