nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, April 4, 2011

2011 Pigasus Awards For Nonsense. Congratulations To Dr. Oz For His Second In A Row

The 2011 Pigasus Awards have been announced, recognizing the year's best in promoters of nonsense.

A hat tip to Dr Stephen Barrett at Quackwatch for spreading the news.

The James Randi Educational Foundation publishes the award.  See the full list of honorees here.  I won't spoil the suspense; go there to see the best in How to Thrive and Prosper by Promoting Drivel.

It's worth mentioning, after my criticism of Dr. Oz, that the good doctor has won his second prize in a row.  The first to be so recognized.  According to the JREF, in addition to his past promotion of  energy medicine, "tongue examination" diagnosis, and "John of God" the Brazilian faith healer, Dr Oz has surpassed his own record for silliness:
"This year, he really went off the deep end.  In March 2011, Dr. Oz endorsed "psychic" huckster and past Pigasus winner John Edward, who pretends to talk to dead people. Oz even suggested that bereaved families should visit psychic mediums to receive (faked) messages from their dead relatives as a form of grief counseling."
I don't know whether to laugh or cry:  laugh at the inventive wackiness of some people, or cry at human vulnerability.

Doc D

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