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Mythbuster SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Science Myths

Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mythbuster SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Science Myths

Mythbuster SciBabe Reveals Her Secrets to Debunking Science MythsYvette d’Entremont — chemist, blogger, and better known on the internet as “SciBabe” — has revealed how her medical history inspired her to debunk myths masquerading as science.

In her most famous stunt, she swallows the entire contents of a bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills – 50 in all – to prove that they do not have any effect.

Alternative medicine is one of her pet subjects for debunking, along with the anti-vaccination movement, anti-genetically modified organisms campaigners and people who promote fake cancer cures.

Scibabe doesn’t deny that some people reckon  that alternative medicines like homeopathy work for them, but says they are not based on any form of scientific evidence ::::

“If we can get people to listen to what science is by making them laugh, we’re going to get people interested in science and I think it’s a wonderful thing to do,” she told the ABC’s 7.30 program.

In her most famous stunt, she swallows the entire contents of a bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills — 50 in all — to prove that they do not have any effect.

“They taste like sugar, it’s quite delightful,” she told her viewers, however they didn’t put her to sleep.

“I think when people see that demonstration of someone downing the entire bottle, it’s powerful because it shows them, oh, this really doesn’t do anything, it’s really just sugar,” she said. “There’s no magic behind it, and the theory behind it is bunk, it really does nothing.”

Alternative medicine is one of her pet subjects for debunking, along with the anti-vaccination movement, anti-genetically modified organisms campaigners and people who promote fake cancer cures.

“They’re three of my biggest stitches in my side because they’re very dangerous and misleading,” she said. “You can disagree with me, but you have to be able to back up what you say with some science, with something reputable. Once in a while someone will prove me wrong and I love that, it means I’m going to learn something.”

‘I’ve had a headache since 2010’

Ms d’Entremont has a degree in chemistry and Master’s degree in forensics, specialising in biological criminalistics and toxicology. But it was her own medical experience which set her on her debunking path.

“I’ve had a headache since March 7th of 2010 and it’s never gone away,” she said. “I’m on medication now that manages it, but eight months or so of that was just utter hell. I tried everything — I went vegan for two years, I really tried all the natural health solutions. I went organic, I tried it all and all it did was make my grocery bill go up — it didn’t make my headaches go away. But I’m on a seizure medication and an anti inflammatory that seems to keep it under control, I talk to my doctor regularly, all my labs look fine, and I’m healthy now. And I thank medicine.”

She does not deny that some people claim that homeopathy and alternative medicines work for them, but said it was not based on evidence.

“That’s anecdotal. There is a thing called the placebo effect. That’s been measured. We’ve seen it,” she said. “We know if people think something’s going to work, that they’ve measured a placebo effect to work. So, if you’re somebody who wants that placebo effect because you know it’s only working because of the placebo, I can’t do anything for you because you want to buy into it, go for it.”

But she blames the people who push the products, not the consumer.

“People who fall for bullshit are not stupid, they’re not gullible,” she said. “They got bad information, so I think it’s important to, when we’re pointing out what bullshit is, to not blame people who fall for it.”



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