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Pseudoscience

The Psychiatrist Who Calmly Denies Reality

24 Sep 2020

It is alarming to find a popular medical doctor on the Internet who claims that appendicitis—a common inflammation of the appendix which can lead to sepsis and death—is no big deal. According to...

COVID-19 Nonsense May Not Be Benign

17 Sep 2020

There is a great deal of nonsense being spread about COVID-19. No matter how outrageous a claim, it gets traction with some people. It seems hard to believe that some actually believe that Bill...

Zinc Supplements and COVID-19

3 Sep 2020

As a young physician, in 1968, Dr. Ritchie was part of a group that demonstrated the benefits of vitamin E supplementation in preventing anemia in formula-fed premature babies. After that, he does...

Patently False: The Disinformation Over Coronavirus Patents

28 Aug 2020

Since the pandemic started, some public figures with a pronounced distrust of authority have gone on a patent hunt. We have seen Mike Adams, the Plandemic conspiracy film, and a recent French video...

The Frustrating Rorschach Test of Netflix’s (Un)Well

21 Aug 2020

Much like the title’s parentheses which tease a bleaker angle without committing to it, Netflix’s latest health docuseries, (Un)Well, behaves like the infamous Rorschach ink blot test. I imagine...

Planting a Toxic Oleander Seed

19 Aug 2020

The oleander plant with its pretty flowers adorns many a garden. But now, thanks to a conversation between millionaire Mike Lindell, CEO of the “MyPillow, Inc.,” and President Trump, the seed of an...

Direct-to-Consumer 2: Epigenetic Boogaloo

13 Aug 2020

Cutting-edge science can be used to fashion mirages. We are led to believe there is value in the product, a drink to quench our thirst for knowledge. But when we have spent our money, we are stuck...

Beware the Insidious Nonsense of Netflix’s Zac Efron Travelogue Show

16 Jul 2020

If I say I just watched a Netflix mini-series about alternative health approaches hosted by a major celebrity, you may think I’m referring to Gwyneth Paltrow’s The goop lab, but no. I’m speaking of...

Masks Fall When Antivaxxers Congregate

11 Jun 2020

“I try to look and see where the evidence takes me.” Does this statement sound reasonable? If I told you it came from me, you might not bat an eyelash, but these words were spoken by Robert F....

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