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Episode Two Hundred And Sixteen – On Health Supplements, Online Fraud And Bandicoots!

Welcome to episode #216 of the Token Skeptic podcast!

New data from national organ donation registries has revealed at least 6 people needed organ transplants after becoming sick from health supplements.

Questions about the regulation of such supplements have led Health Minister Sussan Ley to promise she’ll act on concerns about the number of people needing medical aid after taking herbal supplements.

Just how skeptical – and how careful – should we be about dietary supplements and health pills?

I spoke to research fellow at Clinical Trials Development and Assessment at Sydney University, Dr Nick Fuller.


It’s good news to hear that amount of financial loss from online fraud suffered by people in Western Australia has almost halved over one year – dropping from $16.8 million in 2014, to $9.8 million in 2015. Yet while those numbers and the news that losses from relationship and dating fraud are decreasing is great to hear – is it just the beginning of fraudsters trying a few new tactics to get at our money and possibly even risk our lives in the process?

I spoke to Senior Lecturer with the School of Justice at Queensland’s University of Technology, Cassandra Cross – to fill us in on the realities about online scams.


WA is not giving up on bandicoots – after an initial effort to boost numbers hit a snag in 2012, there’s now a second attempt to reintroduce golden bandicoots to WA bushland.

The Martu Operation Rangelands Restoration project, jointly managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Martu people, aims to reverse the trend of native animal decline. The little creatures are just one of 11 native mammal species being reintroduced to a property about a thousand kilometers northeast of Perth, after numbers declined due to feral cats, foxes and bushfires.

Department of Parks and Wildlife’s fauna translocations scientist Colleen Sims joined me to discuss how bandicoots are staying gold.


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Theme songs “Cosgrove” by Pogo, from http://pogomix.net and “Leap Second” by Milton Mermikides, of www.miltonmermikides.com. Additional ambient music from Jukedeck – create your own at jukedeck.com.

This episode is brought to you with thanks to Patreon supporters – they include: Steven, Andrew, Dr T, Paul, Gerry, Josh, Kathy, Linley, Gold, Iggy, Lukas, Finch and Andrew.

Thanks to everyone who contributes and please consider joining to help continue these shows at patreon.com/kyliesturgess.

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