Category Archives: Health

Give, But Give Thoughtfully

We, the contributors to the Skeptoid Blog, recently received a reader-listener request to talk about tapping, an acupressure routine touted to have amazing therapeutic benefits. The request came with a link to the website tappingsolutionfoundation.org, which is used for promoting The … Continue reading

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What Science Says About Pickle Juice

Previously on the Skeptoid blog, I took a look at the pickle juice hypothesis — the idea that pickle juice (really pickle brine) somehow carries with it a number of healthful benefits — through the lens of basic skeptical questioning. … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccine Failure?

Recently the Centers For Disease Control released an advisory about cases of influenza that appear to have genetically drifted—enough to reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. If true, why is the CDC still recommending unvaccinated people get a flu shot? What good is the vaccine this year and why does this … Continue reading

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Should We All Be Drinking Pickle Juice?

Let’s talk pickle juice. Places like Livestrong, Medical News Daily, and many other sites across the Internet tout drinking pickle juice — yes, that brackish water left over in the jar after you eat all the pickles — as a … Continue reading

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Cryotherapy: What Works and What Doesn’t

A recent email from a fan asks, “What is your take on the benefits or consequences of cryotherapy?” That’s a very broad question since the word cryotherapy is a non-descript term, like “oxygen therapy.” Cryotherapy is a type of proven medical … Continue reading

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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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