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Why I Go to the Chiropractor

I have a horrible confession to make: I have been to a chiropractor twice in the last week. Feel free to throw things at me right now for being a bad skeptic. I know, I know, there is no medical evidence that chiropractic works, it’s all based on woo, why …

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The Daily Woo: Reiki

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, and now you, lovely skeptics, get to live vicariously! (see note at the bottom of this post for an explanation …

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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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Braaaains! Being a Skeptical Mental Health Services Consumer

In 2008, 13.4 percent of adults in the United States recieved treatment for a mental health problem.1 Sure, it's only one country (and one I'm partial to), but it illustrates the point well. A whole lot of us, abroad or not, will seek treatment for mental illness sometime throughout our lives. …

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What’s the Harm of “CAM”?

On a day-to-day basis, I notice a lot of advertisements for various “medical” and “health” products. Organic produce is commonly sold in grocery stores. Chiropractic clinics and herbal suppliments are often advertised on television. I’ve even seen and heard ads for psychic healings and religious exorcisms. Homeopathy is peddled as …

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