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Joint Pain: Scams, Lies, And Exaggerations, Part 1

As an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner I see a constant stream of joint pain complaints. They stem from a variety of sources: injury, age related changes, lifestyle issues and autoimmune disorders. Patients will often Google their problems and/or their symptoms, and like most … 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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Are You Orthorexic? Our Obsession with Healthy Eating

We seem to have forgotten that humans are omnivorous. Around the world and throughout history, people have thrived on diets diverse and extreme enough to shame the fad diet section in any modern bookstore. Populations have flourished on staples like … 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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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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How This Clinical Trial Went Terribly Wrong

As a lifelong asthma sufferer, I’ve always had alerts set up at ClinicalTrials.gov, a central clearinghouse for clinical trials. If a clinical trial for a new experimental drug came up in my area, I wanted to be notified so I … Continue reading

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Do Brain Parasites Make Me Love My Cat?

I am the happy roommate of a precocious cat named Olivia. I protect her from harm, I feed her decent cat chow, and I let her sleep next to me at night if she wants to. I am, in other … Continue reading

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Pregnancy, Pesticides, and Autism

News media outlets love a good story. Exciting narratives draw eyeballs and sell publications. Unfortunately, people rely on news media outlets for their health and science information. Experience has shown that news media often either get the information wrong, or place far too … Continue reading

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Dr. Oz’s Testimony Will Have No Impact On His Success

Skeptics relished a little schadenfreude last week as Dr. Mehmet Oz, the current reigning king of daytime television woo in the United States, was forced to admit under oath that the cures he promotes are less than scientific. A touch of … Continue reading

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