Alternative MedicineModern Mythology

Modern Mythology: 8 to 10 Glasses of Water a Day

Health and diet websites and books, not to mention endless email forwards, tout many unproved (and some downright erroneous) health benefits of water. Some of these are easy to be skeptical of, such as the claim that drinking two glasses of water in the morning “activates” the internal organs. As …

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Dear Sasquatch: OMG, Vaseline Cancer!

Dear Sasquatch: I have been using Vaseline on my lips and skin for years. I’m a student, and it’s so much cheaper than all the expensive products out there. But a few people have told me it causes cancer. Are they right? —Jen K.

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Alternative Medicine

Being Sick… In China

I’ve been home from China for about a month now, but I was actually supposed to come home in just over a week. I had to come home early because I got incredibly ill. Mostly because of some personal stuff but the food wasn’t helping… I took an incredibly strong …

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Dear Sasquatch: Juice Fast

Dear Sasquatch: My friend is trying to talk me into trying a juice fast diet. She lost like seven pounds on it, and she says it also removes toxins. Should I try it? Does it really work? Harper W.

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Alternative MedicineSkepticism

Alternative Scmhalternative: Now It’s Personal

This is a series of short posts about some of the common (and annoying) arguments connected to the use of alternative medicine. And more importantly, why they’re wrong. So I’m back to dissect another argument that frequently pops up in relation to alternative medicine. This is also a general argument, …

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Alternative MedicineSkepticism

Alternative Scmhalternative: Red Herring Fallacy

This is a series of short posts about some of the common (and annoying) arguments connected to the use of alternative medicine. And more importantly, why they’re wrong. Most people who support different forms of alternative medicine have a hard time explaining or defending the science behind their claims. Instead, …

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Alternative MedicineFeminismMedia SkepticismMental Health

Therapy Woo

Last week I started reading a book suggested by my therapist called Eating In the Light of the Moon. She told me that it “might get past your rational side and speak to you from an emotional place”. Well it certainly didn’t speak to me from any rational place, but …

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Alternative MedicineAnti-Science

The Daily Woo: Glucosamine & Chondroitin

The Daily Woo is a brief summary of an alternative health treatment, as well as how it was experienced by me, Kate Donovan. I grew up with mostly alternative medicine (read: psuedoscience), and now you, lovely skeptics, get to live vicariously! (see note at the bottom of this post for an …

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