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Quackery and Preying on Vulnerable People

My kitty cat has a cancerous tumor.  I am still at the crying and terror stage. I am making an appointment with a kitty oncologist to learn realistic prognosis, treatment options, and expense for any reasonable treatment options for a reasonably good prognosis. I am upset and afraid and I …

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Vintage Snake Oil: Indian Blood (Remedy)

Cross Posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered Source, 1916 Grier’s Almanac for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas Post Trail of Tears, we have this gem of a native American helping a white man along health’s highway. For Blood Poison–Itching …

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Vintage Snake Oil: Daniel’s Famous Cold Tablets

Cross posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered Daniel’s Famous Cold Tablets!  Don’t expect a cold to cure itself! (I thought that was the only known solution?) But these are “Indispensable in the treatment of colds, la grippe, headache, and constipation!” No ingredients listed, other than chocolate, as in “chocolate coated …

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Vintage Snake Oil: Indian Weed

(cross posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered) Recently, at an antique store, I found a number of old Almanacs, including a Lamar Almanac from 1908, for Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama. It has the most wonderful medicine advertisements, including the following for “Indian Weed” Indian Weed gives tone to …

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Why Skepticism needs Social Justice, and a call to arms

It is commonly questioned why skepticism and critical thinking need social justice– or, not even need social justice, but benefit from utilizing it at all. I’m here to argue that skepticism doesn’t just benefit from social justice, but that yes, it needs it. I’ve been watching a lot of Star …

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On Vaccinations

It seems like many preventable childhood illnesses, such as measles and pertussis, have been making an unfortunate comeback recently. From January to March 2013 alone, over 500 measles cases have been recorded in England (compare this to the 2011 figures from the whole of the UK- 334). In all of …

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Skepticism itself is not enough

There are two things you should know about me (I mean there are probably more, but for the purposes of this post: only two). One is that I am a tumblr-addict. Two is that I have eczema. Sometimes bad, sometimes mild, but that’s the fun of eczema– it’s often dependent …

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The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming 4: Selling Miracles

There’s no whimsical way to start a blog post about terminal diseases, especially in regards to the people trying to make a quick buck out of those stricken with them. The absence of hope that can accompany such a bleak projection can lead to desperation, and that desperation is profitable, …

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