Episode Guide - Fads

4/22/14Your Body's Energy Fields (Skeptoid #411) - We are constantly bombarded with marketing references to your body's energy field. Is there such a thing?
Read | Listen (12:50) | Discuss
4/8/14Oil Pulling (Skeptoid #409) - This New Age alternative health fad claims to be based on ayurveda... but is it?
Read | Listen (12:24) | Discuss
3/11/14Aromatherapy: Sniffing Essential Oils (Skeptoid #405) - The essences of certain flowers and herbs produce a pleasing smell, but is it also medicinal?
Read | Listen (12:26) | Discuss
10/8/135 False Arguments for Raw Milk (Skeptoid #383) - Some people who enjoy raw milk also make up false claims that regular milk is more dangerous.
Read | Listen (13:43) | Discuss
8/20/13Salt Therapies (Skeptoid #376) - A new trend in spas is to let people relax in salt caves. Is there any benefit to this?
Read | Listen (12:32) | Discuss
4/23/13Cupping for the Cure (Skeptoid #359) - Some believe that bruise-causing suction on the skin provides a variety of health benefits.
Read | Listen (10:38) | Discuss
11/6/12Cleansing Diets: Why or Why Not? (Skeptoid #335) - Cleansing diets are trendier than ever. But do they actually provide any of the claimed benefits?
Read | Listen (14:24) | Discuss
8/7/12Negative Calorie Food Myths (Skeptoid #322) - Negative calorie foods, said to require more energy to digest than they provide, are a popular food fad.
Read | Listen (11:28) | Discuss
3/6/12The Secret of the Gypsy Queen (Skeptoid #300) - In which a little girl saves her kingdom when she is the only one who does not fall for the pop pseudoscience of the day.
Read | Listen (14:09) | Discuss
5/24/11Mao's Barefoot Doctors: The Secret History of Chinese Medicine (Skeptoid #259) - Westerners' belief that Chinese have long relied on alternative medicine is due in part to being duped by book publishers.
Read | Listen (12:51) | Discuss
1/4/11Gluten Free Diets (Skeptoid #239) - Are gluten free diets really good for your general wellness?
Read | Listen (11:46) | Discuss
10/26/10Speed Reading (Skeptoid #229) - Speed reading classes claim to be able to turbocharge your words per minute. Is this really possible?
Read | Listen (11:28) | Discuss
8/31/10The Myers-Briggs Personality Test (Skeptoid #221) - A critical look at the world's most popular psychological metric, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Read | Listen (13:10) | Discuss
7/27/10The Things We Eat... (Skeptoid #216) - Do you really know which kinds of food are good for you, and which are bad?
Read | Listen (12:08) | Discuss
4/6/10Buy It! (Skeptoid #200) - Don't blindly turn to science when you need answers - instead, seek out those who want to sell you something.
Read | Listen (3:13) | Discuss
1/19/10Bullshido: Martial Arts Magic (Skeptoid #189) - Some call it Bullshido: Martial arts tricks like touchless attacks and the Touch of Death.
Read | Listen (11:57) | Discuss
12/22/09Is Barefoot Better? (Skeptoid #185) - Some advocate that going barefoot is better for the health and strength of your feet.
Read | Listen (12:27) | Discuss
10/20/09Network Marketing (Skeptoid #176) - Call them Network Marketing, Multilevel Marketing, or MLM, these pyramid plans are proven not to work.
Read | Listen (12:08) | Discuss
7/14/09Locally Grown Produce (Skeptoid #162) - Is locally grown produce as green as its proponents seem to think it is?
Read | Listen (12:41) | Discuss
5/26/09NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming (Skeptoid #155) - Is Neuro-linguistic Programming really a scientific psychotherapy breakthrough, or just a New Age self-help trend?
Read | Listen (12:03) | Discuss
2/3/09Kangen Water: Change Your Water, Change Your Life (Skeptoid #139) - Sellers of new-age water treatment products charge outrageous prices for zero plausibility.
Read | Listen (12:29) | Discuss
7/29/08Should Tibet Be Free? (Skeptoid #111) - Misinformation and fantasy surrounds the popular Tibet notions.
Read | Listen (11:39) | Discuss
4/15/08What's Wrong with The Secret (Skeptoid #96) - The Secret teaches that victims are always to blame, and that anyone can have anything simply by wishing.
Read | Listen (10:26) | Discuss
4/8/08Bend Over and Own Your Own Business (Skeptoid #95) - Are business opportunities offered for sale truly worth it?
Read | Listen (10:49) | Discuss
2/19/08Super Sized Fast Food Phobia (Skeptoid #88) - Unlike what's said in highly dramatized Hollywood shockumentaries, fast food is not especially unhealthy.
Read | Listen (10:32) | Discuss
2/5/08MonaVie and Other "Superfruit" Juices (Skeptoid #86) - Are superfruit juices anything more than super ripoffs?
Read | Listen (12:14) | Discuss
5/26/07Free Range Chicken and Farm Raised Fish (Skeptoid #47) - Do free range chickens and farm raised fish truly have the pros and cons that popular culture believes?
Read | Listen (9:51) | Discuss
3/1/07Raw Food - Raw Deal? (Skeptoid #30) - Raw food is well and good, but is cooked food as terrible as raw foodists make it out to be?
Read | Listen (11:50) | Discuss
12/20/06SUV Phobia (Skeptoid #15) - Are SUVs truly as evil as we're supposed to think?
Read | Listen (8:00) | Discuss
11/9/06Wheatgrass Juice (Skeptoid #06) - Is the magical mystery juice all it's blended up to be?
Read | Listen (6:49) | Discuss
11/1/06Sustainable Sustainability (Skeptoid #05) - Focus on the year's undisputed overused buzzword: "Sustainable"
Read | Listen (6:08) | Discuss
10/3/06New Age Energy (Skeptoid #01) - An examination of energy, as new agers use the term.
Read | Listen (6:07) | Discuss


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