Author Archives: Stephen Propatier

About Stephen Propatier

Stephen Propatier is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner who specializes in spine and sports medicine. He is a member of the Society for Science Based Medicine. He is adjunct faculty for both Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School and Rhode Island College Graduate School of Nursing.

The Heisenberg Principle of Scientific Knowledge

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is one of the more misunderstood concepts in particle physics. The uncertainty principle says that we cannot measure the position (x) and the momentum (p) of a particle with absolute precision. The more accurately we know … Continue reading

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Nut Allergies In Schools: Epidemic or Hysteria?

With kids in the United States going back to school, parents are finding an increasing move towards “nut-free” foods in the public school system, as schools strive to eliminate peanuts and tree nuts from snacks and lunches. Many schools proudly state that they are … Continue reading

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Organic Ghost Detector

Organic food labeling is marketing, not science. Organic marketers utilize any bit of data that can be spun to promote a significant difference, producing a constant drone of nonsense. This week an article in Science World Report tops my nonsense list for organic agriculture promotion. The article … Continue reading

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What The FDA Doesn’t Want You To Know

Conspiracy theorists and cranks, such as Mike Adams or Dr. Joseph Mercola, like to say that the Food and Drug Administration is keeping the truth from you. Like all good lies there is a grain of truth to that statement. Experimental research is submitted … Continue reading

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If You Don’t Like The Truth… Litigate It Away

Snake oil salesmen and woo purveyors have deep pockets; in the United States money means influence and power (probably the same everywhere). Despite the claims of being corporate-paid shills and/or disinformation agents, scientific skepticism is primarily funded by small, private, grassroots donations. … Continue reading

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“Wooo! What A Workout”

We all want to be stronger, better looking, and more healthy. We all want it to be easy. Everyone is looking for “the method”—a straightforward method to get the most out of your workouts. After dietary pseudoscience, exercise is the next worst category … Continue reading

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Something Fishy About Omega-3 Supplements

The Huffington Post recently published an article by Dr. Neal Barnard, MD. It is titled “New Study explodes the Eskimo Myth” and it makes some very salient points about the development of the supplement fish oil, its historical roots, and subsequent evaluations … Continue reading

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Independence Day Trivia

In Skeptoid fashion I thought I would celebrate the 4th of July Holiday in the United States with a quick list of some “facts” surrounding the history of the holiday. Some will be true, some are false, but all are widely recognized. … Continue reading

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Pregnancy, Pesticides, and Autism

News media outlets love a good story. Exciting narratives draw eyeballs and sell publications. Unfortunately, people rely on news media outlets for their health and science information. Experience has shown that news media often either get the information wrong, or place far too … Continue reading

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GMO Labeling: Consumer Protection or Fear Mongering?

The use of Genetically Modified Organisms, better known as GMO, is an area of debate among skeptics. GMO is actually a broad term that has a lot of moving parts. Forced labeling for consumer foods containing GMOs in the United States … Continue reading

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