Tag Archives: food woo

God Help Me, I’ve Joined a Co-Op

I capitulated to friends and followed them into joining a food co-op. It’s a members-only collaborative grocery store that is governed, operated, and patronized by the people who join it, with everyone participating in some way, typically volunteering a few hours of … Continue reading

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A Skeptical, (Mostly) Non-Mocking Look at Amanda Chantal Bacon’s Diet

Internet wags and pseudo-science watchers alike went nuts when an Elle Magazine article about the daily eating regimen of one Amanda Chantal Bacon went viral. Ms. Bacon is a resident of Venice, California and the owner of Moon Juice, which … 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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Oil Pulling Revisited: Where The Danger Lies

This week my social media feed exploded with one particular link to the trend of ” oil pulling.” While Mike Rothschild already did a great job of debunking some of the miracle claims on a Skeptoid blog last year, and … Continue reading

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I used to hang out at raw food potlucks… Little did they know, I was a spy for the evil skeptic army!

A few years ago, I began frequenting raw food potlucks just for the hell of it. I figured I had nothing to lose, and at the very least it would make an interesting case study. In the process, I tried … Continue reading

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Oil Pulling: Miracle Treatment or Woo Mouthwash?

The phrase “oil pulling” probably makes you think of a Texas wildcatter putting up derricks and extracting black gold from the barren earth. But to some alternative medicine advocates, it means something else entirely: an ancient method of improving oral … Continue reading

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Disappointing Woo from Outside Magazine

I have long been a fan of Outside magazine. The outdoors industry is, sadly for those of us of a scientific mindset but who love the outdoors, rife with pseudoscience. The all-natural fallacy is particularly ubiquitous, miracle diets abound, and … Continue reading

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