Category Archives: Alternative Medicine

Stop Comparing Everything You Don’t Like to the Nazis

The lazy shorthand for calling something or someone evil is to compare them to the Nazis. It’s a cheap and easily-understood way of demonizing something you personally don’t like. Call it guilt by association, with an association that usually isn’t … 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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Grounding 2: They Are Still Trying To Fool You

[Author's note: I made a couple of edits to clarify a couple of the science points. I want to acknowledge the changes, but I am removing or changing a couple of phrases. I would normally just use strike-through text, but it looks … 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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I Want to Drink a Homeopathic Preparation of HIV-Contaminated Blood

“Foolhardy.” “Reckless ignorance.” “Darwin Award candidate.” These are selected phrases from the responses I’ve received during my private inquiries over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been speaking with lab managers, AIDS researchers, and doctors about my plan to make … Continue reading

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Smallpox Inoculation Debate of 1721

If you remember Cotton Mather from history class, you probably know him as the villain behind the 1692 witchcraft trials in Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, Mather also deserves credit as one of early America’s most prolific intellectuals and as the … Continue reading

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Homeopathy is Officially Recognised in Belgium

As of this month, homeopathy is now officially recognized as a therapeutic discipline in Belgium, my country. The recognition as such is quite absurd, and not only because it’s difficult to estimate the value of water and sugar pills as having an effect … Continue reading

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The Mythology of Aspirin

Aspirin is one of the modern medicine’s best known and successful medications. It was the first safe effective anti-inflammatory treatment. It was one of the safest early pain medications. Initially used for fevers, aches, and pains, it is known world wide. Similar to … Continue reading

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Does Bullying Cause Chronic Health Problems, Or is It Just Bull?

Science reporting of health research is terrible. I have noticed an ever-growing component of researcher promotion that is making the problem worse, not better. This week the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Time magazine, and multiple smaller news outlets … Continue reading

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Water, Autism, Owie Spray, Eating Clay, and Imitation Butter

I wanted to clear up a few items from my list that don’t fit into full posts, but I thought were important to address. One is my post from two weeks ago. Another is a “control anecdote” to counter some … Continue reading

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