Alternative Medicine

Oscillo: Old Mistakes, Modern Myths

Oscillo: Old Mistakes, Modern Myths

In 1917, the Spanish flu killed off huge swathes of the population–more than the first world war had. It was terrifying, and everyone wanted a solution, right now. And Joseph Roy thought he had it. When looking at the blood of flu patients, he noticed what appeared to be a wiggly–oscillating–bacteria, which he called oscillococcus. He claimed to have found the same wiggly stuff i... »

Dear Sasquatch: Acne Decoding Charts

Dear Sasquatch: Acne Decoding Charts

Dear Sasquatch, Have you seen this meme going around Facebook about “Decoding Your Breakouts”? Is there any truth to any of this? —Brittany F. »

Monsters Are Real: Houston’s Dr. Burzynski a Danger to Children & Teens

Monsters Are Real: Houston’s Dr. Burzynski a Danger to Children & Teens

Instead of the usual Dear Sasquatch post, I’m writing this week about an important campaign that is particularly relevant to the readers of this blog. It’s about an “alternative” cancer doctor who has made millions off people with cancer and their families  by charging them exorbitant fees for fraudulent, harmful treatments. (I use quotation marks around “alternative&... »

Silence: Daring To Criticize Theta Healing

Silence: Daring To Criticize Theta Healing

This may run into more than one post, but I want to talk to you about a practice that claims to be able to change the very reality we live in, cure all diseases, and to be the ‘practical application of quantum mechanics’. This phenomenon, known as Theta Healing, is the product of Vianna Stibal, a woman who has made a living out of the suffering of others in a scheme that wants money to... »

Dear Sasquatch: Are Synthetic Fibers Dangerous to My Health?

Dear Sasquatch: Are Synthetic Fibers Dangerous to My Health?

Dear Sasquatch,   I have come across information on the internet that says that I should only buy clothing made out of natural material such as cotton. Apparently polyester, rayon, or anything else will give me cancer and/or other health problems or that synthetic fibers are dangerous because they are treated with flame retardants. Is any of this valid?   —Allie   »

Dear Sasquatch: Do Antioxidants Prevent Disease?

Dear Sasquatch: Do Antioxidants Prevent Disease?

Dear Sasquatch: My mom is trying to get us all to eat healthier, so she stopped buying junk food (sob!) and she bought a bunch of supplements. I can understand the vitamins, but aren’t antioxidants for aging? I’m only 17. She said they prevent all kinds of diseases. Is that true?   —Espy »

Dear Sasquatch: Do Energy Drinks Work?

Dear Sasquatch: Do Energy Drinks Work?

Dear Sasquatch: Sometimes, when I have to stay up late . . . studying, I drink energy drinks, and they seem to keep me awake. I’ve tried a bunch of them. Some work better than others. Even the 5-Hour Energy, which I thought would be bunk, actually works, especially the Extra one. So . . . is this all in my head or do these drinks really work? —Kensey »

Not In Science, Not In School

Not In Science, Not In School

While the back to school season (yeah, apparently that’s a thing now) is still kinda happening, I thought I’d take some time to talk about a current issue in skepticism that’s being tackled head-on, mostly in Australia, because that’s where the most bad ass activists live. While sometimes degrees labelled as ‘bachelor of science’ are sometimes pushing that line,... »

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