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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) - We are constantly bombarded with marketing references to your body's energy field. Is there such a thing?
April 22, 2014
Read | Listen (12:50)
Oil Pulling (Skeptoid #409) - This New Age alternative health fad claims to be based on ayurveda... but is it?
April 8, 2014
Read | Listen (12:24)
Aromatherapy: Sniffing Essential Oils (Skeptoid #405) - The essences of certain flowers and herbs produce a pleasing smell, but is it also medicinal?
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. Is there any benefit to this?
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. But do they actually provide any of the claimed benefits?
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) - Are gluten free diets really good for your general wellness?
January 4, 2011
Read | Listen (11:46)
Speed Reading (Skeptoid #229) - Speed reading classes claim to be able to turbocharge your words per minute. Is this really possible?
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) - Do you really know which kinds of food are good for you, and which are bad?
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) - Is locally grown produce as green as its proponents seem to think it is?
July 14, 2009
Read | Listen (12:41)
NLP: Neuro-linguistic Programming (Skeptoid #155) - Is Neuro-linguistic Programming really a scientific psychotherapy breakthrough, or just a New Age self-help trend?
May 26, 2009
Read | Listen (12:03)
Alkaline Water Systems: Change Your Water, Change Your Life (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) - Are business opportunities offered for sale truly worth it?
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) - Are superfruit juices anything more than super ripoffs?
February 5, 2008
Read | Listen (12:14)
Free 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?
May 26, 2007
Read | Listen (9:51)
Raw 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?
March 1, 2007
Read | Listen (11:50)
SUV Phobia (Skeptoid #15) - Are SUVs truly as evil as we're supposed to think?
December 20, 2006
Read | Listen (8:00)
Wheatgrass Juice (Skeptoid #6) - Is the magical mystery juice all it's blended up to be?
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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