Category Archives: Alternative Medicine

Essential Oil Claims – The Dangers Keep On Coming

Today I am going to focus specifically on one essential oil blog which came to my attention through a Facebook post about making your own “dry shampoo.” Why did I click on it? Sigh. Well, I did. I ended up … Continue reading

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What Are 250 Million Americans Infected With?

Even for weird internet ads, this one is especially disgusting. It looks like it was drawn in crayon by a six year old, and shows three equally icky images. One is a “white coated tongue” sticking out, another is a … Continue reading

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What I’d Say to the Latest Anti-Vaccine Celebrity

Those who know me know two things about me: I love the Chicago Bears and I love talking about the importance of vaccinations. So when Kristin Cavallari, the wife of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, and apparently a celebrity in her … Continue reading

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Oil Pulling Revisited: Where The Danger Lies

This week my social media feed exploded with one particular link to the trend of ” oil pulling.” While Mike Rothschild already did a great job of debunking some of the miracle claims on a Skeptoid blog last year, and … Continue reading

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Wow! Those Volatile Organic Compounds Smell Great!

I came across a post on Facebook which is actually pretty dangerous. Not in the normal way I tackle on this blog of people buying useless products or increasing the risk of disease long-term by not getting proper medical treatment, … Continue reading

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Quixotic letter writing.

Usually I try to post a informational or educational piece. This week I will take a little tilt at a windmill. A skeptical complaint letter. Occasionally I will listen to talk radio. The top rated talk radio station in my … Continue reading

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Would You Like Some Freshly Ground Placenta On Your Salad?

Whenever I write on Skeptoid about medical topics, it seems a majority of both the content of my posts as well as most of the responses to comments is spent in repeating over and over that anecdote is not evidence. … Continue reading

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This post is 100% all natural, clinically proven, and you should only read it if you need to lose at least 30 pounds

George Hrab said it best at TAM, the cornerstone of the skeptical movement is consumer protection. It is what we do best. Education and activism to protect people from dangerous and worthless products/services/treatments. I like to think that woo true … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about Paul Anka’s cousin and his multi-dimensional alien friend.

Darryl Anka was born in Ottawa on October 12, 1951. He moved to Los Angeles as a child where his father, a nightclub entertainer, was expected to become the “next Mario Lanza.” Musical fame found its way down another branch … Continue reading

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Should We All Be Worried About Estrogen Dominance?

As a transwoman, I get asked all sorts of odd questions about my body. One question I hadn’t encountered until recently, though, is “Aren’t you concerned about estrogen toxicity?” The question came after a discussion of the typical hormone regimen … Continue reading

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