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Girl Not Against Fluoride

The CDC (Centre for Disease Control) lists water fluoridation as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th Century. Today, Dublin City Council will vote on whether to remove fluoride from our water supply, and when they… Continue Reading →

Roll on 2014

If you had asked me in June to write my “new year”post, I think it would have been short and a little rude, consisting mostly of “get stuffed 2013, don’t let the door hit you on the way out” and… Continue Reading →

Dear Always

Dear Always, We need to talk. It’s about your Always Dailies panty liners which, your advert assures me, will help one achieve hitherto unknown levels of freshness, the likes of which could never be realised by simply washing, and wearing clean… Continue Reading →

Small mercies

On the 29th of May, at around 21:20, I received what I’ll now class as one of the least-fun phone calls I’ve ever had – “You need to come home. There’s smoke coming out of your house, and the neighbours… Continue Reading →

I just want my socks

Dear Lufthansa, Sky Handling Partner, and MultiTrip.com, I’m writing this while sitting in my mother’s house, wearing almost the only pair of socks to my name. The reason for this begins on Friday night, and almost unbelievably, is still continuing… Continue Reading →

Communicating Science: The sticky MMR nontroversy

It’s 2013, and almost unbelievably, the MMR nontroversy has raised its ugly head once again. Recently, a measles outbreak in Wales has left numerous people ill, and Andrew Wakefield is on the front pages declaring that he was right after… Continue Reading →

Ireland’s Shame

In 1992, as a result of being repeatedly raped, a 14 year old girl became pregnant. Her family reported the rape, and resulting pregnancy, and made the decision to travel to the UK so that the girl could have an… Continue Reading →

Balancing act

What would you do if someone claimed that, because of “geopathic stress”, moving your bed could be the key to avoiding cancer? Well, if you’re the Irish Independent, you give that someone the most prominent picture and article space in… Continue Reading →

Scapegoats and quackery

““The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower Quack clinics are often quick to claim their victories, with the smallest improvement in a condition being hailed as irrefutable proof that the treatment… Continue Reading →

Dad

“Don’t think of it as dying, said Death. Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.”  – Terry Pratchett, Good Omens A little over a month ago, on April 13th, my dad died. Really though, this story… Continue Reading →

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