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Crank Magnetism at the Weston A. Price Foundation

12 Apr 2024

In June 2007, Mark Hoofnagle and Chris Hoofnagle published an article on ScienceBlogs entitled “Crank Magnetism.” As far as I can tell, this is the first appearance of this phrase online.

Donor’s Organ, Donor’s Personality? Let’s Approach This Sensibly

1 Mar 2024

It’s a story that would make the publishers of the Kama Sutra blush with envy. A 25-year-old graduate student’s sex drive suddenly surged and his technique apparently improved overnight. “I make...

Naprapathy Stretches Credulity

2 Feb 2024

Buried in a court document mentioning Joe Mercola was the first reference to naprapathy I had ever seen. Joe Mercola has made a fortune selling dietary supplements and publishing health...

Homeopathy is scientifically implausible

12 Jan 2024

This article was first published in the Montreal Gazette.


1 Dec 2023

Our brain controls the production of certain hormones and neurotransmitters such as melatonin, serotonin and dopamine. Simplistically, one can say that “rest and repair” hormones are activated by a...

Is This Gadget a Scam?

24 Nov 2023

Anyone who owns a car and who lives in snowy climes will be tempted by this. What if you could buy a small device that you left in your car and that magically melted the snow off of it and...

Magnesium Supplements for Sleep May Not Work Like a Dream

22 Sep 2023

Everywhere I turn these days, an influencer is trying to sell me magnesium supplements. Apparently, all of us who find it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep all night are missing the boat....

What’s Trending in the World of Pseudoscience

15 Sep 2023

Our office’s mission is to separate sense from nonsense, which may well be a Sisyphean task. There is a lot of pseudoscience—meaning ideas and interventions that look scientific but that are not...

An Alien Abduction? Hardly a Convincing One.

1 Sep 2023

In September of 1961, Barney and Betty Hill had taken a belated honeymoon trip and were on their way to New Hampshire from Montreal on what should have been an uneventful drive. It turned out to be...


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