Category Archives: Health

Is Soda Bad For You?

This is a reader-recommended topic. In the comments to my post “Please Don’t Tell My Daughter There Are ‘Chemicals’ In Her Soda,” ‘Kristin’ said: Sodas ARE bad for you. It’s a fact, and believe it or not I’m not trying … Continue reading

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Can Zinc Help My Cold?

I’ve had a cold since Sunday and it’s pretty miserable. As far as I can tell, there’s nothing to do but wait it out. I’ve tried various treatments for symptoms, with limited results. Looking through the rack at the drugstore … Continue reading

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Big Scary Words

When I wrote a post complaining about chemophobia a couple of weeks ago, I expected to see certain arguments crop up in the comments section and I wasn’t disappointed. A lot of common chemophobic points reared their heads in the … 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 First, it’s still happening, so anything I write is liable to be out of date sooner rather than later.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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The Heavy Cost Of Weight Loss Supplements

Weight loss is one of the most lucrative areas of commercial chicanery in the United States. Complicated health issues like obesity and weight loss have no easy answers. That fact doesn’t stop the multi-billion dollar weight loss industry from spending millions in marketing … Continue reading

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The Cost of Not Vaccinating

Instead of finishing and posting a normal blog post this week, I wanted to share something that came across my social media feed thanks to the Anti-Vaccine Body Count page. While normally I would post about the statistics and science … Continue reading

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Ebola and Enterovirus D68, Pandemic or Panic Part II

  Recently, fear of infectious disease has become a constant drumbeat on the Internet and television. This is primarily due to two viral diseases. Disease one is the deadly West African Ebola Virus. Disease two is Enterovirus D68. Mike Rothschild did a nice … Continue reading

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Ebola and Enterovirus D68, Pandemic or Panic Part I

American news media outlets love a good scary story. If a scary story involves deadly diseases and children, you have media gold. Media outlets tap into the primal fear of infectious disease to draw your eyes to their screens. Recently, the … 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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