16 August 2012

Welcome to Voice of Good Science

Science is ever changing. Sticking to fixed notions is like clinging to a past. Let it be any branch of science, we have to be open minded to analyze the evidence and accept the good things in it and discard the illogical things from it.

Remember the words of Albert Einstein, "Science must be explained as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Medicine like engineering is applied science. Homeopathy is the youngest of all medical faculties and it is growing. It is modern not only by its virtue of being young, but more importantly by the revolutionary medical philosophy that supports this science.

The "Voice of Good Science" is an independent movement dedicated to improve human health through initiating public health policy.

Voice of Good Science's objectives are three-fold

A. Differentiating Good Science from Bad Science

The consequences of good science as well as bad science are enormous. Therefore be careful in differentiating them. It's difficult but not impossible. For e.g. Andrew Wakefield’s research paper linking autism and vaccines was a landmark paper. While his work was appreciated, what about millions of children who were vaccinated before having this knowledge and may have contracted deadly illnesses as a result.

But how you can do that?

1. Sharpen your logic (both inductive and deductive) by healthy discussion, critical reasoning and rational thinking, not arguing. Argument is a lost battle.
2. Claims by Good Science must be tested, verified and results published in peer-review journals.

B. Promote Good Science

1. To play an active role in public debates, discussions and understanding about science.
2. To promote transparency in clinical trials by encouraging pharma companies not to withhold the data related to side effects of medicine and publish the results of clinical trials which will help the physician to make an evidence-based decision in the interest of patients.

C. Watch Bad Science (pseudo-science)

1. Science is under attack by s(k)eptics, who are cynics, fascists and atheists. It is often said that have nothing right in the left brain and nothing left in the right brain. They are dangerous to public health. Steer clear of quacks and their quackery.

But how to identify a quack?
Here's a post that will help you: The Lame Duck Award

2. Confront by debunking bad science

Stand up for Science. Follow Science. Stick to the Science.

Nancy Malik
A crusader for synergy between science and medicine

15 August 2012

The Lame Duck Quackery Award

The Lame Duck Quackery Award

The Voice of Good Science (VoGS) is initiating this year an annual 'The Lame Duck Award' to a quack who promote pseudo-science.

A quack or a pseudo-scientist is a person or organisation that has an (anti-science) agenda of opposing good science or good medicine in potentially dangerous, most irresponsible and irrational behaviour. They try to influence the outcome of the research studies by withholding negative data to sell more drugs and hormones, involved in paid news and ghostwriting. They are active promoters of 'synthetic chemical drug' (quackery) and have vested interest in keeping people in dark by misinforming them that legitimate natural medicine such as herbal and homeopathic medicine is not good for anyone (but do not drink vaccine).

The nominations can be made every year in the month of October. The names of the shortlisted candidates will be made public on 1st November every year.The public will finally vote to choose the winner. The Voting lines will be opened in the month of November. The annual award will be presented every year in an online ceremony on 1st December at 10.23 a.m. The winner will be awarded with a picture of Lame Duck as shown above.

Nominations can be made by directly through comments below or through 'Contact Us' form on right hand sidebar if you don't want to disclose your name publicly.  In the message box, write whom you would you like to nominate and why?

In the meantime, you can practice for 'The Lame Duck Quackery Award' ceremony at http://www.girlsgogames.com/game/hook-a-duck?
Warning: All ducks may look like clones of conmed drug peddlers

"The Lame Duck Quackery Award 2012"

This year we are starting with UK. Nominations are invited from the public (UK and elsewhere) for the "The Lame Duck Quackery Award 2012" to nominate their favourite anti-science peddler from UK whom they think is a deserving candidate.  

The Nominations are closed.
We received 9 nominations for inaugural "Lame Duck Quackery Award".
The names of the three shortlisted candidates, in no particular order are

You can vote for your favourite quack in a poll below. 
The Voting lines will be opened till 30 November 2012.
The winner will be declared on 1st December 2012 at 10:23 a.m. UK Time.

Poll: Pick your favourite quack for a "Lame Duck Quackery Award"

More polls on homeopathy are available here You can vote.

1 Dec. 2012 10.23 a.m. UK Time

"Dr" Santa Singh, quack of the year 2012

'The Voice of Good Science' officially recognises Santa Singh as the recipient of a prestigious "Lame duck Quackery Award" for his untiring efforts to introduce quackery into science. He has given a bad name to good science, without the qualifications to make the good judgement.

He does have a degree in mathematics but claims his expertise in advance studies like homeopathy in which he has no knowledge. His book "trick and tick" was full of lies which were exposed by Wills. He threatens anyone who publishes a magazine on complementary medicine. His double standards were exposed by JamPole who tears into his hypocrisy.

Of late, he has been trying to be in limelight and news by resorting to unfair, underhand tactic to discredit natural medicine modalities like herbal and other science-based medicine on his website. Singh continues to promote and show more respect to 'synthetic chemical drugs' aka conmed (read quackery) whose adverse effects far exceeds the good effects; but he never criticizes weakness of the drug market.

His views on global warming and climate change are bizarre to say the least.

He was involved in a lawsuit with BritChiro Assoc. He not only lost money but also faced wrath from the scientific community.

He is a true quack.

His original name is Santa Singh. Lately he has changed his hair style and first name to look more like an Englishman. His first name is popular in many countries as a legendary Christmas folk hero for children who brings Christmas gifts/presents. In India the name evokes humourous cartoon stereotypes.

He is far ahead of other UK Septics like Edward Earnest and Denial Colhoun in popular votes to win the race for the biggest quack.

Congratulations! Mr. Singh. Christmas has come early for him this year. His prize was delivered.

At the same time we also pray to God to give him wisdom to distinguish science from pseudo-science and medicine from pseudo-medicine.

'The Voice of Good Medicine' takes this opportunity to congratulate the public especially those people from the United Kingdom who voted for the most deserving quack for the inaugural 'The lame Duck Quackery Award' 2012.
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