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and other myths about food and health

Pixie Turner

When?
Wednesday, April 10 2019 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Pixie Turner

What's the talk about?

 Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips there are still so many things we get wrong about our health, and with a new diet book out every other day it’s no wonder people are confused. 

What should we be eating? When? How often? Just how important is food when it comes to our overall health?

Humans have always been a bit weird around food. We’re told eating certain foods are the key to living longer, some foods are ‘sinful’ or ‘bad’, that ‘you are what you eat’, and that we must seek to obtain health at all costs. All this means we follow crazy diets that make things worse rather than better, and have a population where most of us dislike our bodies.

Pixie will unpack why diet and nutrition misinformation is so problematic, on social media, in mass media, and on a public health level, and why we could all benefit from taking a moment to assess our personal relationship with food. Expect some mythbusting, diet rants, and lots of fully-referenced evidence-based science. 

Pixie is a nutritionist (ANutr), food blogger, and science communicator. She graduated with a First Class degree in Biochemistry, and went on to complete a Masters in Nutrition with Distinction. 

She is the brains behind the 'Pixie Nutrition' social media accounts, which aim to infiltrate the wellness movement and debunk nutrition misinformation online. 

In addition, she has been featured as a nutrition expert on BBC and Channel 5, and in publications such as Red magazine, Evening Standard, Grazia, the Telegraph and more. 

Her first book, ‘The Wellness Rebel’ was published early 2018, with her second book, ‘The No Need to Diet Book’ released March 2019.

This is a free event, but we suggest a donation of £3 to cover speakers expenses.

Sean Slater

When?
Wednesday, May 8 2019 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Sean Slater

What's the talk about?

 We nearly all now carry around in our pockets something which just 15 years ago would have seemed utterly miraculous. From this little slab of light, and for a few £ a month we can touch a glass sheet and interact with most of the world’s population. We can share opinions, memories, hopes, fears, dreams and experiences as they happen and from almost anywhere on the planet, we have access to the sum of the world’s information just about whenever and wherever we want. Social media would likely not exist as it does without the smartphone. It’s probable that the huge changes in the political landscapes over the past 5 years would not have happened without it.


But do you even know how it works? Is having a microwave transmitter right next to your brain or in your pocket a bad thing? Can your mobile actually be killing you? How did the industry grow so quickly and what is the future for radio communications; is 5G the ‘killer’ technology many are making it out to be?

Sean Slater is the Vice-Chair of Edinburgh Skeptics Society and has worked in the mobile phone industry for over 25 years; seeing it grow from an expensive businessman’s toy to the ubiquitous consumer necessity it is now.

This is a free event, however we do suggest a £3 donation to cover speakers expenses.

Heather Pentler

When?
Wednesday, June 12 2019 at 12:00AM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Heather Pentler

What's the talk about?

The world is a scary and chaotic place at the moment. This talk is your chance to take a rational look at the current threats to human civilisation. How much will global warming change our lives? Is it worth surviving a nuclear war? How are Authoritarian leaders changing our civilisation and democracy? Is it possible to be a prepper without being a conspiracy theorist?

Heather has been an active skeptic for the last 7 years and has previously spoken about her experiences exposing dodgy alternative medical practices. Heather has been a member of the committee for Edinburgh Skeptics for the last 3 years. Heather's day job is a support worker, working with autistic adults for a charity.

Birmingham skeptics talks are free to attend, but we suggest a donation of £3 to help cover speakers expenses.

Robin Ince

When?
Wednesday, September 11 2019 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Robin Ince

What's the talk about?

**This is a provisional date**

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Where does imagination come from? Why are we like we are? Do our parents f*&k us up? Informed by personal insights from his own life as well as interviews with a bevy of A-list comedians, neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors - this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind.

As a connoisseur of comedy, Robin Ince has spent decades mining our eccentricities to create gags - and watching other strange individuals do the same. And for years on The Infinite Monkey Cage he has sought - sometimes in vain - to understand the world around us. In this book, he unites these pursuits to examine the human condition through the prism of humour.

Copies of Robin's book will be available to purchase at the event.

This is a free event, but a donation of £3 is suggested to help is pay for our speakers expenses.

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