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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Health

 

True or False Pregnancy (Skeptoid #572) - False pregnancies are not only real, they're probably more complex than you imagined.
May 23, 2017
Read | Listen (12:57)
 
Feral Children (Skeptoid #567) - Those stories about children raised by animals probably aren't what you've been led to believe.
April 18, 2017
Read | Listen (13:15)
 
Photographic Memory (Skeptoid #542) - Pop culture tells us that some people have photographic memories, but the truth is quite different.
October 25, 2016
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
Radiation Hormesis: Is It Good for You? (Skeptoid #539) - Some say that exposure to small amounts of dangerous radiation can protect you from cancer. No, it probably doesn't.
October 4, 2016
Read | Listen (13:27)
 
Antibiotics and Hormones in Beef (Skeptoid #517) - One of pop food woo's favorite claims is that drugs given to beef cattle pose a danger to humans.
May 3, 2016
Read | Listen (12:33)
 
Growing Skeptical of Hair Restoration (Skeptoid #504) - As long as people lose their hair, the market will remain flooded with sham remedies.
February 2, 2016
Read | Listen (13:24)
 
The Russian Sleep Experiment (Skeptoid #496) - Russian test subjects are said to have done unspeakably horrible things when sleep deprived.
December 8, 2015
Read | Listen (13:00)
 
Updated: Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Web Sites (Skeptoid #495) - The worst offending sites on the Internet for promoting bad misinformation.
December 1, 2015
Read | Listen (14:37)
 
Black Mold: Peril or Prosaic? (Skeptoid #494) - Black mold is commonly believed to harbor many deadly diseases; but in fact removing it is often worse than leaving it.
November 24, 2015
Read | Listen (11:31)
 
Pouring Cold Water on Cryotherapy (Skeptoid #492) - Questioning whether this new spa treatment provides all the medical benefits it claims.
November 10, 2015
Read | Listen (12:19)
 
Male Circumcision (Skeptoid #471) - Infant male circumcision remains common in the United States. Today we look at the reasons and the implications.
June 16, 2015
Read | Listen (15:49)
 
Marijuana (Skeptoid #470) - In the last 50 years, marijuana has gone from menace to medicine. Which is it?
June 9, 2015
Read | Listen (14:21)
 
Baby Myths (Skeptoid #467) - A look at some common myths about babies and children.
May 19, 2015
Read | Listen (16:35)
 
Transgender: Fact or Fiction? (Skeptoid #463) - The Internet believes a lot of things about transgender people, but much of it isn't true.
April 21, 2015
Read | Listen (14:31)
 
Science Fails (Skeptoid #458) - Science has let you down time after time, and that's one reason why it gets better and better.
March 17, 2015
Read | Listen (14:11)
 
GMO Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #454) - See if you know how many of these GMO "facts" are right.
February 17, 2015
Read | Listen (13:15)
 
Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
January 27, 2015
Read | Listen (13:55)
 
That Elusive Fibromyalgia (Skeptoid #440) - Some say fibromyalgia is a real disease, while others question the diagnosis.
November 11, 2014
Read | Listen (12:17)
 
Ionithermie (Skeptoid #436) - Ionithermie is not effective for slimming or cellulite removal -- or, for anything, really.
October 14, 2014
Read | Listen (10:11)
 
Albinism Facts and Fiction (Skeptoid #425) - Even in developed countries, myths persist about people who have albinism.
July 29, 2014
Read | Listen (13:49)
 
12 Step Programs (Skeptoid #423) - Religious-based twelve step programs are no better at stopping addiction than other programs.
July 15, 2014
Read | Listen (12:44)
 
Oil Pulling (Skeptoid #409) - This New Age alternative health fad is not, in fact, based on ayurveda.
April 8, 2014
Read | Listen (12:24)
 
Aromatherapy: Sniffing Essential Oils (Skeptoid #405) - If you're expecting the pleasant aroma of certain flowers and herbs to be a medical treatment, you may be disappointed.
March 11, 2014
Read | Listen (12:26)
 
Fukushima vs Chernobyl vs Three Mile Island (Skeptoid #397) - Years after the disaster, some claim that Fukushima radiation is still going to cause widespread death.
January 14, 2014
Read | Listen (13:09)
 
Student Questions: Food Woo, Food Woo, and More Food Woo (Skeptoid #395) - Skeptoid answers questions sent in by students, all of them this week pertaining to popular food pseudoscience.
December 31, 2013
Read | Listen (11:58)
 
The Hair of Samson (Skeptoid #393) - Hold onto your hats: Growing your hair long will not confer super strength or vitality upon you.
December 17, 2013
Read | Listen (10:58)
 
6 Problems with Wind Turbine Syndrome (Skeptoid #388) - Despite activist claims, wind turbines are not making anybody sick.
November 12, 2013
Read | Listen (13:22)
 
5 False Arguments for Raw Milk (Skeptoid #383) - Some people who enjoy raw milk also make up false claims that regular milk is more dangerous.
October 8, 2013
Read | Listen (13:43)
 
Salt Therapies (Skeptoid #376) - A new trend in spas is to let people relax in salt caves, and it's based on solid pseudoscience.
August 20, 2013
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
Listener Feedback: Alternative Medicine (Skeptoid #374) - Skeptoid answers a raft of listener emails pertaining to alternative medicine.
August 6, 2013
Read | Listen (13:43)
 
Legislating Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #368) - Lawmakers are often pressured by ideologues to pass laws based on bad science.
June 25, 2013
Read | Listen (12:34)
 
The Sedona Energy Vortex (Skeptoid #366) - Vortexes of spiritual energy are claimed to exist in Sedona, but science suggests we remain skeptical.
June 11, 2013
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
The 16 Personalities of Sybil (Skeptoid #361) - The book and movie "Sybil" told the story of a woman purported to have Multiple Personality Syndrome.
May 7, 2013
Read | Listen (11:50)
 
Cupping for the Cure (Skeptoid #359) - Some believe that bruise-causing suction on the skin provides a variety of health benefits.
April 23, 2013
Read | Listen (10:38)
 
Facts and Fiction of the Schumann Resonance (Skeptoid #352) - The Schumann Resonance, 7.83Hz, is one natural radio band in our atmosphere, but holds no mystical powers.
March 5, 2013
Read | Listen (13:26)
 
Trinity: Interview with Dr. Oz, Alex Jones, and Deepak Chopra (Skeptoid #350) - Skeptoid interviews three of the most popular and controversial figures in modern pseudoscience.
February 19, 2013
Read | Listen (6:18)
 
Cleansing Diets: Why or Why Not? (Skeptoid #335) - Cleansing diets are trendier than ever. They are also a complete waste of your money.
November 6, 2012
Read | Listen (14:24)
 
Negative Calorie Food Myths (Skeptoid #322) - Negative calorie foods, said to require more energy to digest than they provide, are a popular food fad.
August 7, 2012
Read | Listen (11:28)
 
Left Handed Myths and Facts (Skeptoid #310) - Many popular anecdotes tell how and why some people are left-handed, but the true facts are even more interesting.
May 15, 2012
Read | Listen (13:42)
 
I Can't Believe They Did That: Human Guinea Pigs (Skeptoid #305) - A look at some of history's most famous scientists who experimented upon themselves.
April 10, 2012
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
The Toxic Lady (Skeptoid #291) - The story goes that in 1994, fumes from a woman's body knocked out most of an emergency room staff.
January 3, 2012
Read | Listen (12:37)
 
Pit Bull Attack! (Skeptoid #288) - Pit bulls have a reputation for being the most dangerous dog breed. Turns out the facts just don't support that.
December 13, 2011
Read | Listen (12:13)
 
Korean Fan Death (Skeptoid #287) - An urban legend in Korea states that running an electric fan at night can kill you.
December 6, 2011
Read | Listen (12:38)
 
Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites (Skeptoid #283) - My list of the worst offenders on the web in the promotion of scientific and factual misinformation.
November 8, 2011
Read | Listen (14:50)
 
Brainwashing and Deprogramming (Skeptoid #278) - Both brainwashing and its opposite, deprogramming, are equally mythological.
October 4, 2011
Read | Listen (11:43)
 
Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, and Other Radio Bogeymen (Skeptoid #273) - Demonizing radio transmitters as carcinogenic is popular, but is not supported by any reasonable science.
August 30, 2011
Read | Listen (12:34)
 
"Curing" Gays (Skeptoid #265) - Therapies intended to help gays become straight don't work.
July 5, 2011
Read | Listen (13:33)
 
Near Death Experiences (Skeptoid #261) - A comparison of the effects of hypoxia to the reports of a brush with the afterlife.
June 7, 2011
Read | Listen (12:19)
 
Mao'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 clever book publishers.
May 24, 2011
Read | Listen (12:51)
 
Superhuman Strength during a Crisis (Skeptoid #255) - Popular stories tell of mothers lifting cars off their children. The science behind it is less than compelling.
April 26, 2011
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
The Exorcism of Anneliese (Skeptoid #248) - Exorcisms are a brutal torture ritual with no hope of actually helping a person who believes themselves possessed.
March 8, 2011
Read | Listen (13:08)
 
Gluten Free Diets (Skeptoid #239) - Gluten free diets provide no benefits at all for healthy people.
January 4, 2011
Read | Listen (11:46)
 
More Hollywood Myths (Skeptoid #238) - Was John Wayne's cancer death caused by filming downwind of the Nevada Test Site? ...and other Hollywood rumors.
December 28, 2010
Read | Listen (11:39)
 
IQ Testing (Skeptoid #235) - IQ tests are fundamentally flawed, hopelessly inconsistent, and almost completely useless.
December 7, 2010
Read | Listen (13:22)
 
DDT: Secret Life of a Pesticide (Skeptoid #230) - DDT can be both a killer of birds and a savior against malaria. Rarely is a question as black and white as we'd like.
November 2, 2010
Read | Listen (13:42)
 
Boost Your Immune System (or Not) (Skeptoid #227) - Although a lot of products promise to boost your immune system, there is actually no such thing.
October 12, 2010
Read | Listen (11:58)
 
The Things We Eat... (Skeptoid #216) - A look at what's really in food reveals the foolishness of the idea of "good food" and "bad food".
July 27, 2010
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
Is Barefoot Better? (Skeptoid #185) - Some advocate that going barefoot is better for the health and strength of your feet.
December 22, 2009
Read | Listen (12:27)
 
Vaccine Ingredients (Skeptoid #180) - The claims made about the dangerous chemicals in vaccines are all either false or misrepresented.
November 17, 2009
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
Organic vs. Conventional Agriculture (Skeptoid #166) - Organic agriculture provides no benefits whatsoever over science-based farming.
August 11, 2009
Read | Listen (15:48)
 
Ten Most Wanted: Celebrities Who Promote Harmful Pseudoscience (Skeptoid #125) - A critical look at the pseudoscientific antics of some of today's celebrities.
October 28, 2008
Read | Listen (13:30)
 
How Dangerous Is Cell Phone Radiation? (Skeptoid #117) - There is neither evidence nor plausible hypothetical foundation for cell phone signals to be at all dangerous.
September 2, 2008
Read | Listen (11:07)
 
Despicable Vulture Scumbags (Skeptoid #89) - My thoughts on a company that sells useless pseudoscientific hardware to an ALS victim.
February 26, 2008
Read | Listen (10:31)
 
Super Sized Fast Food Phobia (Skeptoid #88) - Unlike what's said in highly dramatized Hollywood shockumentaries, fast food is not especially unhealthy.
February 19, 2008
Read | Listen (10:32)
 
MonaVie and Other "Superfruit" Juices (Skeptoid #86) - Superfruit juices are nothing more than super ripoffs. Don't waste your money.
February 5, 2008
Read | Listen (12:14)
 
The Detoxification Myth (Skeptoid #83) - Despite its sciencey-sounding name, there is no such thing as "detoxification" beyond what your body already does.
January 15, 2008
Read | Listen (11:41)
 
Are Microwave Ovens Safe? (Skeptoid #80) - An examination of the various claims that microwaved food and water are poisonous.
December 25, 2007
Read | Listen (11:01)
 
Medical Myths in Movies and Culture (Skeptoid #78) - A skeptical examination of pop-culture medical beliefs, like dramatically stabbing someone in the heart with a syringe.
December 11, 2007
Read | Listen (9:19)
 
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Real or Imagined? (Skeptoid #72) - Some claim to be hypersensitive to electromagnetism. Science has already solved what's really going on.
October 30, 2007
Read | Listen (16:19)
 
How to Drink Gnarly Breast Milk (Skeptoid #71) - Proponents of colostrum supplements believe that it has a whole range of benefits.
October 23, 2007
Read | Listen (9:08)
 
Raging (Bioidentical) Hormones (Skeptoid #70) - An examination of the popular trend in women's health, bioidentical hormone therapy.
October 16, 2007
Read | Listen (7:35)
 
Will Drinking from Plastic Bottles Kill You? (Skeptoid #60) - A popular fad holds that plastic water bottles leach toxic chemicals into your water. Don't believe it.
August 9, 2007
Read | Listen (8:01)
 
All About Fluoridation (Skeptoid #58) - A few fringe activists claim that fluoridation of water carries more danger than benefit.
July 30, 2007
Read | Listen (9:20)
 
Autism and Chelation: A Recipe for Risk (Skeptoid #55) - An examination of the lethal pop-culture fad of chelating autistic children.
July 15, 2007
Read | Listen (10:36)
 
Mercury Fillings (Skeptoid #36) - Mercury amalgam fillings do not release toxic levels of mercury into the body, and are harmless.
April 1, 2007
Read | Listen (10:34)
 
Natural Hygiene: Health Without Medicine (or Wisdom) (Skeptoid #28) - Natural Hygiene is a misguided, prescientific notion that nature provides everything to heal anyone of anything.
February 19, 2007
Read | Listen (5:40)
 
Chemtrails: Real or Not? (Skeptoid #27) - Some believe that airplane contrails are really dangerous chemicals being sprayed by the government.
February 15, 2007
Read | Listen (9:06)
 
Organic Food Myths (Skeptoid #19) - It's marketed as a revolution in health and the environment, but it's better described as a counterproductive fad.
January 5, 2007
Read | Listen (10:18)
 
Wheatgrass Juice (Skeptoid #6) - Wheatgrass juice contains virtually nothing of nutritional value to the human body.
November 9, 2006
Read | Listen (6:49)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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