Tag Archives: chemicals

Is There a Scientific Reason to Make Foods More “Natural?”

Skeptics are very familiar with the use of the appeal to nature by pseudoscience peddlers such as the Food Babe and others. Foods with “chemical” ingredients are to be avoided according the these sellers of nonsense, which shows a basic misunderstanding … Continue reading

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Quick Skeptoid News: 18-Month Old Dies When Parents Refuse To “Use Chemicals”

Thanks to “the Skeptical Beard” for bringing attention to this story. An 18-Month Old girl in Pennsylvania died after what was likely a painful final couple weeks. The girl was brought to a local ER in cardiac arrest and later … Continue reading

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Yes, the Dose Really Does Make the Poison

One thing that frustrates me in conversations about “harmful chemicals” on Skeptoid and elsewhere is when individuals display a complete lack of understanding of dosage. This comes in two forms. The first form is the passive argument that completely omits”dosage” … 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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Please Don’t Tell My Daughter There are ‘Chemicals’ in Her Soda

I had a special moment with my daughter, Dawn, the other day. I shared a Faygo Creme Soda with her. Faygo’s a Michigan thing — a local bottling company who makes a wide variety of soda drinks. When I was … Continue reading

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A Fun Quiz About Chemicals: The Answers!

Last week’s Skeptoid post took a look at the maxim of “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” and found it to be silly and simplistic. Judging a chemical (or anything, for that matter) to be “bad” because it … Continue reading

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A Fun Quiz About Chemicals

The cautionary maxim “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it” became popular thanks to food writer and activist Michael Pollan. In an NPR story from 2008, he wrote it as an easy to remember phrase: “Don’t buy products with … Continue reading

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