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An Ex-Christian Testimonial (Making Fun of Ex-Gay Conversion)

I have a tendency to be all serious about activism. A lot of the issues we discuss here on the blog are politically intense and sometimes publicly controversial. However, sometimes we need to take a break from the gravity of it all and have a laugh. Ex-gay conversion therapy is …

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Don’t Poke Me With That

I have been having backaches for a week, and hearing my whines, a well-meaning friend recommended the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) called Acupuncture. Acupuncture originated from China and can be traced back for at least 2,500 years. In TCM, it is believed that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) …

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Guest Post: Big Bra-ther

A guest post by Kate: You wear bras. Or maybe you don't. Maybe you're male or identify as such, or don't like them, or like camisoles (I'm a fan of the all-purpose stretchy cami myself). Maybe it was hard to decide between front-hooking bras and the back-clasping ones. In all …

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Medical Madness: Plague Cures Edition

In 1347, the Black Death began to sweep through Europe, and by 1348 it crossed the channel to the British Isles. This was the bubonic plague (eek!), so named for the massive swellings (buboes) that the victims developed in their groin and armpit areas. These oozed blood and pus, and …

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Aphrodisiacs: Do They Work? Do We Want Them To?

Valentine’s Day creates a booming market for aphrodisiacs—foods, beverages, spices, powders, supplements, and even insects purported to create desire in humans. But are any of the claims true? For most, the evidence simply isn’t there, and for a few, the jury is still out. There’s a possible effect of some …

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Physicist Tries Vitamin C for Cancer: Doesn’t Work

This is an interesting story, and I’m sorry for taking so long to get around to writing about it! Sir Paul Callaghan, a celebrated physicist, has been receiving high-dose intravenous infusions of vitamin C, in order to treat his cancer. He has now ended this experimental treatment, and come out …

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Homeopathetic: Part 2

The second half of Teen Skepchick’s full explanation of homeopathy- and why it’s so very nasty. The main reason that scientists cite for opposing the practice and promotion of homeopathy is that there is little evidence to prove that it works at all in treating the symptoms of any disease. …

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Why I Won’t Be Trying Homeopathy

I’ve suffered from pretty severe eczema my whole life. In the past year, things have been worse than ever– I’ve had days where I undress to find the insides of my clothes nearly white with flaked skin, I regularly scratch myself til I bleed, and I’ve managed to accumulate a …

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