Category Archives: Health

The Mysterious Origins of Vaginal Steaming

Hey, gals. Ever worry about your yoni, that nasty, carcinogen-ridden creature that lives between your legs? I know I do. After all, that thing must be loaded with toxins. Well, I have good news. For only $75 you can steam … Continue reading

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Is Your Birth Control Contributing to the Spread of HIV?

Recent research about injectable long-acting hormone contraceptive suggests it may be increasing the risk of acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Research with scary compelling narratives always get media exposure. This research is no different. Science reporting has become a lost art, and it is no … Continue reading

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The Glyphosate Zombie… Again

The sad truth of reading my social media feeds is that I see at least one article a day on glyphosate. Glyphosate, aka RoundUp, is an over 40-year-old herbicide that has the advantage of being toxic to plants in low … Continue reading

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Food Woo Trends in 2015: Dumb Diets, Stupid Foods, and Uninformed Consumers

The new year is upon us, and as happens every year, food writers and publications everywhere are declaring the hot new food trends for 2015. Not surprisingly, the lists are full of pseudoscientific food woo. As it went last year, … Continue reading

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Elimination Communication: Your Baby is Speaking to You About Poop

As parenting fads go, elimination communication (also known as EC) might be one of the most controversial. It’s almost certainly the messiest. Based on the idea that indigenous cultures and non-nationalized nations rarely use diapers and potty train babies much … Continue reading

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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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