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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Alternative Medicine

 

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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
Ideomotor Response (Skeptoid #451) - The Ideomotor Response underlies a number of occult phenomena and alt-med practices.
January 27, 2015
Read | Listen (13:55)
 
Ionithermie (Skeptoid #436) - What is Ionithermie, and is it effective for slimming and cellulite removal?
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)
 
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)
 
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) - Do a series of spiritual energy vortexes, of a type unknown to science, exist in Sedona, AZ?
June 11, 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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
The History of Knowledge (Skeptoid #250) - A trip through the centuries to see how human knowledge is reflected through music.
March 22, 2011
Read | Listen (11:33)
 
Boost Your Immune System (or Not) (Skeptoid #227) - Is "boosting your immune system" for real? Is that possible, and can you really buy it in a bottle?
October 12, 2010
Read | Listen (11:58)
 
Morgellons Disease (Skeptoid #206) - In this newly described condition, some patients report strange plastic fibers growing from their skin.
May 18, 2010
Read | Listen (11:57)
 
Therapeutic Touch (Skeptoid #203) - Therapeutic touch is a healing method that claims human bodies produce huge magnetic fields. Is this true?
April 27, 2010
Read | Listen (12:57)
 
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)
 
Vaccine Ingredients (Skeptoid #180) - Do vaccines really contain the horrifying poisons claimed by antivaccine activists?
November 17, 2009
Read | Listen (12:50)
 
More Medical Myths (Skeptoid #174) - More myths about the human body that you've always heard, and probably believe.
October 6, 2009
Read | Listen (11:31)
 
The Placebo Effect (Skeptoid #151) - We all know what placebos can't do; how about what they can do?
April 28, 2009
Read | Listen (13:04)
 
Binaural Beats: Digital Drugs (Skeptoid #147) - The science behind binaural beats: What they are, what they are claimed to do, and what they can actually do.
March 31, 2009
Read | Listen (12:02)
 
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)
 
The Most Effective Homeopathy Podcast Ever (Skeptoid #113) - Does homeopathy contain any useful content, or is it just a lot of nothing?
August 8, 2008
Read | Listen (10:06)
 
Should You Take Your Vitamins? (Skeptoid #103) - Will daily doses of vitamin C really help prevent a cold?
June 3, 2008
Read | Listen (10:12)
 
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)
 
Magic Jewelry (Skeptoid #84) - All sorts of marvelous health claims are made for jewelry such as the Q-Ray bracelet.
January 22, 2008
Read | Listen (11:10)
 
The Detoxification Myth (Skeptoid #83) - Everyone wants to "detoxify" their bodies. Is this for real?
January 15, 2008
Read | Listen (11:41)
 
How to See Your Aura (Skeptoid #75) - Is aura photography actually possible, and does it tell us anything useful about the person?
November 20, 2007
Read | Listen (10:33)
 
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Real or Imagined? (Skeptoid #72) - Are sufferers of electrosensitivity reacting to electromagnetism, or just to simple stress?
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)
 
Do Your Body Features Measure Up? (Skeptoid #67) - An examination of phrenology, physiognomy, palmistry, and iridology.
September 25, 2007
Read | Listen (11:39)
 
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)
 
Whacking, Cracking, and Chiropracting (Skeptoid #42) - Defined in 1895, chiropractic treats imaginary conditions with dangerous manipulations.
May 1, 2007
Read | Listen (10:20)
 
Homeopathy: Pure Water or Pure Nonsense? (Skeptoid #34) - Most homeopathy users believe that it's some kind of herbal remedy. Is it?
March 22, 2007
Read | Listen (12:28)
 
Natural Hygiene: Health Without Medicine (or Wisdom) (Skeptoid #28) - Can Natural Hygiene really lead to a longer life?
February 19, 2007
Read | Listen (5:40)
 
Reflexology: Only Dangerous If You Use It (Skeptoid #24) - Reflexology is really no more than a foot massage - so why might it be dangerous? Here's why.
January 28, 2007
Read | Listen (10:22)
 
Ethics of Peddling the Paranormal (Skeptoid #4) - Is it OK for non-believers to sell the paranormal?
October 24, 2006
Read | Listen (8:46)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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