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Skeptoid Episode Guide - Alternative Medicine

 

Rhino Horn: Cure or Curse? (Skeptoid #562) - Rhinos are still being killed for their horns, but probably not for the reasons you thought.
March 14, 2017
Read | Listen (13:39)
 
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) - 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)
 
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)
 
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)
 
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) - Although a lot of products promise to boost your immune system, there is actually no such thing.
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 pseudoscientific healing method that is neither therapeutic nor involves touch.
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) - The claims made about the dangerous chemicals in vaccines are all either false or misrepresented.
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) - A look at the placebo effect: What it can do, what it can't do, and what you need to know about it.
April 28, 2009
Read | Listen (13:04)
 
Binaural Beats: Not 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) - For the first time ever, the active ingredients in homeopathic preparations are revealed.
August 8, 2008
Read | Listen (10:06)
 
Should You Take Your Vitamins? (Skeptoid #103) - Vitamin C does nothing to prevent or reduce the severity of colds.
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) - 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)
 
How to See Your Aura (Skeptoid #75) - Despite promotional claims, neither auras nor aura photography are things.
November 20, 2007
Read | Listen (10:33)
 
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)
 
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) - Contrary to what many supporters think, homeopathy is neither an herbal nor a natural remedy.
March 22, 2007
Read | Listen (12:28)
 
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)
 
Reflexology: Only Dangerous If You Use It (Skeptoid #24) - Reflexology is really no more than a foot massage, but potentially deadly to those hoping for medical benefits.
January 28, 2007
Read | Listen (10:22)
 
Ethics of Peddling the Paranormal (Skeptoid #4) - A proposal that it might be ethical for non-believers to sell paranormal services to the grieving in certain cases.
October 24, 2006
Read | Listen (8:46)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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