Category Archives: Health

Hand-washing with Triclosan: Are We Getting Whitewashed?

  Antimicrobial additives have become ubiquitous in consumer products. Their health benefits are at best questionable. Skeptoid has done a brief treatise about this subject in Episode #148, related to antibacterial soap. Since that episode more evidence about the most common additive, triclosan, … Continue reading

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I’m Getting a Vasectomy in Spite of These Anecdotes

The world will now have a piece of very personal information about me: last week, I had a vasectomy. Though I was confident in the statistics and my doctor, I had a certain visceral fear approaching the surgery. I had to … Continue reading

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Hey, Where’s the Fukushima Plume?

After I started writing about the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it quickly became clear that there was a huge amount of fearmongering about it. Garbage anti-science pieces like “At the very least your days of eating Pacific Ocean … Continue reading

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Homeopathy is Officially Recognised in Belgium

As of this month, homeopathy is now officially recognized as a therapeutic discipline in Belgium, my country. The recognition as such is quite absurd, and not only because it’s difficult to estimate the value of water and sugar pills as having an effect … Continue reading

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The Mythology of Aspirin

Aspirin is one of the modern medicine’s best known and successful medications. It was the first safe effective anti-inflammatory treatment. It was one of the safest early pain medications. Initially used for fevers, aches, and pains, it is known world wide. Similar to … Continue reading

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Does Bullying Cause Chronic Health Problems, Or is It Just Bull?

Science reporting of health research is terrible. I have noticed an ever-growing component of researcher promotion that is making the problem worse, not better. This week the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Time magazine, and multiple smaller news outlets … Continue reading

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Water, Autism, Owie Spray, Eating Clay, and Imitation Butter

I wanted to clear up a few items from my list that don’t fit into full posts, but I thought were important to address. One is my post from two weeks ago. Another is a “control anecdote” to counter some … Continue reading

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Vampirism: The New (Old) Fountain Of Youth

If you read the medical reporting online you can become convinced that we will soon be living like the fictional marvel comics character Blade, “Day Walker”. An immortal that needs human blood to keep himself/herself rejuvenated. They give the mostly … Continue reading

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Is Water Causing Autism?

As a step-parent of an autistic child, I have taken a long personal interest in all things about autism. I needed to do my own research regarding the raising of my younger children to ensure I did whatever I could … Continue reading

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You’ll Pry My Guinness From My Cold, Dead Hands

Cautionary listicles of things you should “never do” are popular because they’re easily consumable, have a click-grabbing title, lots of pictures and are ostensibly about helping you change your ways. Unfortunately, they’re also breeding grounds for misinformation, due to their … Continue reading

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