Author Archives: Mike Rothschild

About Mike Rothschild

Mike Rothschild is a writer and editor based in Pasadena. He writes about scams, conspiracy theories, hoaxes and pop culture fads. He's also a playwright and screenwriter. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/rothschildmd.

Reader Feedback: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Conspiracies

As a reader, I try to live by a simple maxim: never read the comments. While this might mean I miss out on valuable discussion, it’s far more likely that I’ll miss out on insane theories, racism, weaponized anti-science and … Continue reading

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Four Lies About the Measles Outbreak

The Disneyland measles outbreak hasn’t shown any signs of doing anything other than getting worse. As of right now, over 100 cases have been diagnosed in states across America. Most are situated in Southern California, and the vast majority are … Continue reading

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What the Swiss Franc Means for the Iraqi Dinar (Spoiler Alert: Nothing)

On January 15, Switzerland shocked the financial world by removing its self-imposed cap on the value of its currency, the Swiss franc. The cap had been put in place in 2011 to prevent the overvaluing of the franc against the … Continue reading

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Elimination Communication: Your Baby is Speaking to You About Poop

As parenting fads go, elimination communication (also known as EC) might be one of the most controversial. It’s almost certainly the messiest. Based on the idea that indigenous cultures and non-nationalized nations rarely use diapers and potty train babies much … Continue reading

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The Top Conspiracy Theories of 2014

PLEASE NOTE: This list is based on a forthcoming piece I’ve written for Ranker.com, where I’ve been developing content for the past several months. When it comes to conspiracies, there’s no limit to what can be written. 2014 brought conspiracies … Continue reading

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Do You Need Organic Baby Formula?

When it comes to feeding our babies, it’s natural to only want the best. And while pediatric nutrition experts generally agree that “the best” for babies is breastfeeding, there are innumerable mothers who, for whatever reason, have to rely on … Continue reading

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The Ebola Outbreak Is Not That Bad

It’s hard to say anything new about the Ebola pandemic, for a few reasons. First, it’s still happening, so anything I write is liable to be out of date sooner rather than later. Another is that it’s hard to find … Continue reading

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Food Babe vs. the Glucose Tolerance Test: Another Science Fail

When it comes to unscientific nonsense wrapped in a toxic shell of concern trolling and naturalistic fallacies, you can’t do better than the Food Babe. The food crusader and blogger, whose real name is Vani Hari and whose background is … Continue reading

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A Fun Quiz About Chemicals: The Answers!

Last week’s Skeptoid post took a look at the maxim of “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” and found it to be silly and simplistic. Judging a chemical (or anything, for that matter) to be “bad” because it … Continue reading

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A Fun Quiz About Chemicals

The cautionary maxim “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” became popular thanks to food writer and activist Michael Pollan. In an NPR story from 2008, he wrote it as an easy to remember phrase: “Don’t buy products with … Continue reading

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