Category Archives: Skeptoid Podcast

Can You Predict A Hit Song?

There was a time I listened to the Top 30 charts every week . Not so much anymore. But apparently the top hits are still interesting for scientists. A Belgian team for instance, from the University of Antwerp, has analysed … Continue reading

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Does Water Fluoridation Cause Diabetes, Obesity, Or Depression?

For some reason water fluoridation seems to generate fear and dread. Brian Dunning covered this in Skeptoid episode #58. Generally anything can be toxic if given in high enough doses. Conversely anything is safe at low enough doses. Fluoride, like all things, … Continue reading

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Explore Your Inner Geek… By Cooking!

When I listened to this week’s Skeptoid Podcast by Craig Good on Cooking Myths, I had to think about a book I read a couple of years ago. Sure enough, I located it in my library (I confess, I never … Continue reading

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Post-Holiday Cleansing Diets

Every year the holidays put stress on our health sensibilities. We indulge ourselves, we overeat, drink alcohol and generally take liberty with our bodies. Invariably we can develop a sense of guilt over our excesses. Then there are the traditional New … 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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Amelia Earhart Mystery Solved?

If you pay attention to recent media reports you may think that the mystery surrounding Amelia Earhart’s last flight has been solved, and that researchers have in fact found wreckage from her flight. Headlines read: “Mystery of Amelia Earhart Solved? Fragment From Missing … Continue reading

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Blackfish: Documentary or Propaganda?

There are many examples of crafted activism in psuedo-documentaries. The iconic Super Size Me is a premiere example of this covered in skeptoid episode 88. Recently I came across a “documentary” called Blackfish. It is about the famous killer whale … Continue reading

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Probiotics and Colicky Infants

Probiotics are a heavily marketed supplement. A supplement that has some plausibility for certain types of health conditions. Like most unregulated supplements in the US there has been a cult industry built around it. It’s promotion and use has consistently … Continue reading

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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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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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