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Dear Sasquatch: Does Ear Candling Work?

Dear Sasquatch: Does Ear Candling Work?

Dear Sasquatch: My aunt and cousin swear by regular ear candling to remove toxins. I have a sinus infection, and my cousin tells me the ear candling clears the sinuses as well. Is this true? Is there any benefit to this? –Vin L. Dear Vin: Ear candling has no effect whatsoever–if you are lucky. The practice can cause burns, candle wax going into the ears (sometimes requiring surgery to ... »

Happy Pi Day from Skeptisquatch!

Happy Pi Day from Skeptisquatch!

I have been too busy celebrating Pi Day to write up a post, so instead, I would like to share how I celebrate this day of mathematical deliciousness. Unless I’m in Europe, where today is 4.66 day. First, I got up early to start baking for the contest later that day. I came in second to my arch-nemesis Mrs. Jackson. (Next year, Jackson! Next year.) But I won the pie-eating contest! The prize?... »

Dear Sasquatch: DNA Proof of My Existence Revisited

Dear Sasquatch: DNA Proof of My Existence Revisited

Dear Sasquatch: I read recently that Bigfoot DNA has been found. Is it from your hair? One of your relatives? –Everyone Dear Everyone: Yes, I’ve been asked this question A LOT lately. The reason I didn’t jump on it was that many others have already critiqued it so well (see, for example, Bug Girl’s post on it), and I don’t have a whole lot more to add to my initial po... »

Dear Sasquatch: Are There Superbugs in My Bacon?

Dear Sasquatch: Are There Superbugs in My Bacon?

Dear Sasquatch, My roommate is really into organic food, and I told him I didn’t think it was worth the money, so we pretty much agreed to buy and eat our own food. But he did show me an article about animal antibiotics creating superbugs that infect humans: How Using Antibiotics In Animal Feed Creates Superbugs. It kind of freaked me out. Is organic meat actually better for you? —Lara S. Dear Lar... »

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. »

Dear Sasquatch: Do we sweat a liter of water at night?

Dear Sasquatch: Do we sweat a liter of water at night?

Dear Sasquatch: My mom insists that I keep a glass of water by the bed each night to drink when I wake up, to avoid dehydration. She says that we lose a liter of water a night just through sweating. Is this true?   —Brynne P. »

Dear Sasquatch: Are Personality Tests Accurate?

Dear Sasquatch: Are Personality Tests Accurate?

Dear Sasquatch: My friends and I have been taking a bunch of personality tests, just for fun, really, but I have to admit that the results do seem to be dead on. Is there a scientific basis to any of these? —Lyssa P. »

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   »

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