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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Fads

 

The Science of X-Ray Specs and Sea Monkeys (Skeptoid #489) - These products advertised in the back of comic books promised improbable feats of science.
October 20, 2015
Read | Listen (12:07)
 
Listener Feedback: Fads (Skeptoid #468) - Brian responds to some listener feedback concerning the topic of fads.
May 26, 2015
Read | Listen (12:32)
 
Cooking Myths (Skeptoid #453) - As the busiest part of the house, the kitchen has collected more folklore than any other room in it.
February 10, 2015
Read | Listen (14:35)
 
Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
January 27, 2015
Read | Listen (13:55)
 
Your Body's Alleged Energy Fields (Skeptoid #411) - There is no such thing as your body's energy field.
April 22, 2014
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
The Secret of the Gypsy Queen (Skeptoid #300) - A little girl saves her kingdom when she is the only one who does not fall for the pop pseudoscience of the day.
March 6, 2012
Read | Listen (14:09)
 
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)
 
Gluten Free Diets (Skeptoid #239) - Gluten free diets provide no benefits at all for healthy people.
January 4, 2011
Read | Listen (11:46)
 
Speed Reading (Skeptoid #229) - Speed reading classes claim to be able to turbocharge your words per minute. Save your money; it doesn't work.
October 26, 2010
Read | Listen (11:28)
 
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test (Skeptoid #221) - A critical look at the world's most popular psychological metric, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
August 31, 2010
Read | Listen (13:10)
 
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)
 
Buy It! (Skeptoid #200) - Don't blindly turn to science when you need answers - instead, seek out those who want to sell you something.
April 6, 2010
Read | Listen (3:13)
 
Bullshido: Martial Arts Magic (Skeptoid #189) - Some call it Bullshido: Martial arts tricks like touchless attacks and the Touch of Death.
January 19, 2010
Read | Listen (11:57)
 
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)
 
Network Marketing (Skeptoid #176) - Call them Network Marketing, Multilevel Marketing, or MLM, these pyramid plans are proven not to work.
October 20, 2009
Read | Listen (12:08)
 
Locally Grown Produce (Skeptoid #162) - The idea of locally grown produce as nowhere near as green as its proponents seem to think it is.
July 14, 2009
Read | Listen (12:41)
 
NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming (Skeptoid #155) - Some regard Neuro-linguistic Programming as a psychotherapy breakthrough, some as a New Age self-help trend.
May 26, 2009
Read | Listen (12:03)
 
Alkaline Water Systems: Change Your Water, Change Your Bank Balance (Skeptoid #139) - Sellers of new-age water treatment products charge outrageous prices for a product with zero plausibility.
February 3, 2009
Read | Listen (12:29)
 
Should Tibet Be Free? (Skeptoid #111) - Misinformation and fantasy surrounds the popular Tibet notions.
July 29, 2008
Read | Listen (11:39)
 
What'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.
April 15, 2008
Read | Listen (10:26)
 
Bend Over and Own Your Own Business (Skeptoid #95) - If someone wants you to be their salesperson and is calling it a "business opportunity", be very skeptical.
April 8, 2008
Read | Listen (10:49)
 
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)
 
Free Range Chicken and Farm Raised Fish (Skeptoid #47) - Free range chickens and farm raised fish probably have almost none of the benefits you think they do.
May 26, 2007
Read | Listen (9:51)
 
Raw Food - Raw Deal? (Skeptoid #30) - Some claim that cooking your food ruins its nutrients or makes it poisonous, in a misguided effort to promote raw food.
March 1, 2007
Read | Listen (11:50)
 
SUV Phobia (Skeptoid #15) - Some believe SUVs should be categorized by their cosmetic appearance, rather than by their size or fuel efficiency.
December 20, 2006
Read | Listen (8:00)
 
Wheatgrass Juice (Skeptoid #6) - Wheatgrass juice contains virtually nothing of nutritional value to the human body.
November 9, 2006
Read | Listen (6:49)
 
Sustainable Sustainability (Skeptoid #5) - Focus on the year's undisputed overused buzzword: "Sustainable"
November 1, 2006
Read | Listen (6:08)
 
New Age Energy (Skeptoid #1) - An examination of energy, as new agers use the term.
October 3, 2006
Read | Listen (6:07)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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