Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst – TOGETHER!
Jann J. Bellamy is a Florida attorney and lives in Tallahassee. She is a former law clerk to a federal judge, Florida Assistant Attorney General and long-time partner in a Tallahassee law firm, where she practiced mainly in the civil litigation area.
Jann became interested in so-called “complementary and alternative” medicine (CAM) when the Florida Legislature tried to establish a chiropractic school within Florida State University in 2005. She joined others in leading opposition to the school, and this “done deal,” which was strongly opposed by the University faculty, was undone by the university system Board of Governors. During this process, Jann became intrigued that scientifically implausible and unproven healthcare claims could be presented as fact to the public, even to the point of being codified into law, and she left the active practice of law in 2006 to form a non-profit to educate Floridians about “alternative” healthcare claims.
Since then, Jann has been a relentless educator and activist. She is one of the founders and Board members of the Society for Science-Based Medicine, dedicated to providing accurate information about CAM and advocating for state and federal laws that incorporate a science-based standard for all health care practitioners. She is also a founding member of the Institute for Science in Medicine. She runs Oppose Naturopathic Licensing!, which tracks attempts by naturopaths to become state licensed health care providers and provides information on why naturopaths should not be licensed. Finally, she gives talks on CAM to medical students, hospital medical staff, the Center for Inquiry-Tallahassee chapter, and more. She has written for Health News Florida, and has blogged regularly for SBM since 2010.
Britt Marie Hermes was a naturopathic physician in the US for three years before becoming disillusioned with the profession. Realizing that Naturopathy was primarily an ideology based system rather than science based one, Britt made the difficult decision to leave her career. Hoping to help educate others as to the “inner workings” of Naturopathy, Britt started a blog called Naturopathic Diaries (www.naturopathicdiaries.com).
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Harriet Hall MD, also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She received her BA and MD from the University of Washington, did her internship in the Air Force (the second female ever to do so), and was the first female graduate of the Air Force family practice residency at Eglin Air Force Base. During a long career as an Air Force physician, she held various positions from flight surgeon to DBMS (Director of Base Medical Services) and did everything from delivering babies to taking the controls of a B-52. She retired with the rank of Colonel.
She is a founder and regular contributor to the Science Based Medicine blog, writes at her own Skepdoc.com site, and has authored or contributed to several books.
Harriett Hall MD
Skeptics Toolbox info
Christianity is Not Great
Harriett’s article about faith healing
Society for Science Based Medicine
Word of the Day = Abibliophobia
NECSS = Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism
We are thrilled to interview James “The Amazing” Randi on this episode of The Prism! Magician, Debunker, Skeptic, and one of the founders and leaders of the skepticism movement as we know it today, Randi is a hero to many, including us. In this interview, we discuss The Amazing Meeting (TAM), the new direction the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) is taking, and whether his beard has magical powers. Enjoy!!
James “the amazing” Randi
Alice Cooper discussion and stories.
Magic and Skepticism – why does there seem to be so much overlap?
JREF (James Randi Education Foundation)
A little history, present and future.
The state of critical thinking today.
Mentors and inspirations
Beer tricks and treats
TAM – The Amazing Meeting
The Amaz!ng documentary “An Honest Liar” – http://anhonestliar.com/wp/