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Miracle Mineral Solution is a Nightmare
Malaria, AIDS, hepatitis, herpes, cancer.  Terrible diseases.  That’s why thousands and thousands of scientists around the world, armed with advanced degrees, are engaged in research projects aimed at finding a cure. Read More.

“The Great Moment”
Rarely does a single event alter the course of medicine, but that is exactly what happened at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital on October 16, 1846 in the surgical theatre that would eventually be christened “The Ether Dome.” Read More.

There are no fish genes in tomatoes
During a public lecture on genetic modification I described an experiment that involved enriching soybeans with the amino acid methionine. Soybeans are widely used to raise animals but are low in this essential amino acid often necessitating the use of methionine supplements. Read More.

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September 28-29, 2015: A Question of Evidence: Vaccines, GMOs, and Cell Phones

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When Science meets Comedy....Check out Dr. Joe on Hound Tall, the podcast hosted by comedian, Moshe Kasher, recorded at the Just for Laughs Festival.

Dr. Joe on "Hound Tall", the podcast hosted by comedian Moshe Kasher

 

"Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules", Dr. Joe's 15th book is now on bookshelves! Why the curious title? Click on the book to find out.

 


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You Asked: Should we be concerned about parabens in cosmetics?
Not if you look at the numbers. Many cosmetics now advertise "no parabens," as they cater to chemical paranoia. Parabens are very effective preservatives and prevent bacterial growth in creams and lotions. The reason that they have made news is that they have estrogenic activity. Read More.

You Asked: Is it True That People Who Drink Tea Live Longer Longer ?
Drink tea to live longer? Newspaper headlines may have said that, but, that is not exactly what the study they were referring to said. Nevertheless it is an interesting study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a highly respected peer-reviewed publication. The study evaluated intake of flavonoids in an elderly Australian female population through food frequency questionnaires. Read More.

 

Could the Food Babe for once be on the right track?
Even a clock that doesn't work is right twice a day. A blind squirrel sometimes finds an acorn. And the Food Babe sometimes flirts with the truth. She has organized ridiculous petitions against azodicarbonamide in Subway rolls and caramel coloring in beverages. Read More.

 

 


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Lipstick: a behind-the-scenes look
Lipsticks, (the waxy kind that come in the traditiontal tube), contain a variety of natural waxes, such as beeswax, caranuba wax, ozokerite, ceresin, or microcrystalline wax, which are all derived from petroleum. These waxes are softened with mineral or vegetable oils, or with petroleum jelly. And in order to get the colour spread evenly over the lips and remain there for more than 30 minutes, film formers are added. Colorants and preservatives too. And because there is such a high concentration of waxes and oils, antioxidants are frequently added as well. Some lipstick wearers are far too aware that there are products out there that dry up the lips, which is why some products add moisturizers such as lanolin, PEG derivatives or silicone derivativesto keep the lips moist. Who would've known??
 

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