Category Archives: Health

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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Is herd immunity a myth? A response to Russell Blaylock, Part 2

In my previous article, I began my response to Russell Blaylock’s 2012 essay “The Deadly Impossibility Of Herd Immunity Through Vaccination” in which he seems to claim that vaccines are essentially worthless and therefore the nationwide mandates for immunization are … Continue reading

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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Facts and Fiction

CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy has become a relatively large issue for sports athletes and military personnel. It has garnered a lot of press notably in high risk concussion sports like American Football. Recently JAMA published a review of military … Continue reading

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Is herd immunity a myth? A response to Russell Blaylock, Part 1

Like late night callers to the Coast to Coast AM, the Internet is filled with articles that claim to have found the fatal flaw in “hoaxes” perpetrated by the scientific community. Using the well-honed technique of throwing an easy pitch … Continue reading

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Why Didn’t The FTC Just Outright Ban Sensa?

Shocker! It turns out that Sensa, the “tastant” food additive that supposedly curbed cravings and led to weight loss, doesn’t actually do what it’s advertised to do! At least, that’s the finding of the Federal Trade Commission, following on the … Continue reading

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The Trendiest Food Woo of 2014

I know it’s only coincidence that the newest Skeptoid episode, Student Questions: Food Woo, Food Woo, and More Food Woo, released on the same week that the new year turned over, but it feels appropriate that it came out the same … Continue reading

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The One And Only Effective Hangover remedy (except for abstaining).

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2…. 1 Trick to avoid a hangover. The internet and national news is abuzz every New Years Eve with advice on how to minimize a hangover after overindulging. Most of it is … Continue reading

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More Mindfulness in science?

Mindfulness. Yes I wrote about it earlier (a first dip, and then a solid three parter 1 2 3), and analysed if there was some science in it. In short: probably yes but the field needs some work to get … Continue reading

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Why Would Bill Gates Want to Kill One Billion People?

Viral video aggregator Upworthy has been in the news a lot lately, mostly for their meteoric rise in popularity and maddening-yet-effective headline writing style. One element of the site that didn’t get much press, however, was an announcement they made … Continue reading

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