In this week’s episode, Chris Hassall dropped by and joined the gang as a special guest. Chris started things off by presenting a completely uncontroversial segment about water fluoridation. Next, Elan led a Science Fact or Science Fiction (TM) game about Olympics and sport (during which Darren complained the whole time). Finally, Darren discussed whether or not it is better to leave a light on or turn it off and then on again.
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http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/fluoride-lowers-your-iq-b.s.-headline-week – Cracked.com piece on the IQ-fluoride press release
http://doubtfulnews.com/2012/07/anatomy-of-a-propaganda-press-release-fluoride-and-iq- another piece on the IQ-fluoride press release
http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/antifluoridation-bad-science/ – Steve Novella piece on the IQ-fluoride press release
http://www.bmj.com/content/321/7265/855.full – BMJ review of the benefits of water fluoridation.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19772849 – Cochrane review on the effectiveness of topical fluoride (i.e. toothpaste)
http://www.safesaskwater.org/library_fluoride,water-fluoridation/pdf/Carton-Cross_Fluoridation,A-Violation-of-Medical-Ethics-and-Human-Rights.pdf – Paper outlining the case for water fluoridation as a contravention of human rights and medical ethics.
R. Allan Freeze and Jay H. Lehr, The Fluoride Wars, (New York, John Wiley & Sons, 2009) – Book on the history of water fluoridation and the associated controversies.
Factmonster – Winter and Summer gold medals
German.about.com – Who snubbed Jesse Owens
Science Daily – Stretching
Telegraph – Putting ice on injuries could slow healing
British Journal of Medicine – Cooling an acute muscle injury
Wikipedia – 1896 Olympics medal count