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Pseudoscience

Is it true that the "Swiffer WetJet” kills pets?

20 Mar 2017

Somebody is after Procter and Gamble and it is hard to know why. Years ago there was the allegation that the company’s corporate logo hid a picture of the devil, then sodium lauryl sulfate, a...

Is “Airborne” effective against the common cold?

20 Mar 2017

You can’t keep a good quack down for long. They keep resurfacing with irritating frequency. Victoria Knight-McDowell certainly doesn’t look like a quack. She looks like a pretty elementary school...

Immunity Quacks

20 Mar 2017

Would any parent believe that serving Rice Krispies or Cocoa Krispies to their children can help protect them from catching the flu? You would think not. But what if that box of cereal has a banner...

Homeopathy-Delusion through Dilution

20 Mar 2017

Homeopathic products. They are safe enough, no doubt about that. Millions of people around the world swear by them.  No doubt about that either.  Furthermore, their label features the term “DIN-HM,...

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

20 Mar 2017

"You should have your head examined!" We've all heard that expression at some time after expressing some thought that was perceived as being ridiculous. Of course this is not meant to be taken...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #21: There is no such thing as "chemical free!"

17 Mar 2017

If you buy a chemical-free product, you’re not getting a good deal. You’re buying nothing. A vacuum. What’s a vacuum? A space empty of all matter. And what is matter? Anything that has mass and...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #20: Organic Farming

17 Mar 2017

Organic farmers are allowed to use a number of pesticides as long as they come from a natural source. Pyrethrum, an extract of chrysanthemum flowers, has long been used to control insects. The...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #19: Alkaline Diets Do Not Cure Disease

17 Mar 2017

The best treatment for people prone to swallowing woo is a dose of chemistry. And one of the wooiest ideas out there is the one about alkaline diets curing disease. Gives me a headache. So let’s...

What are ear candles?

21 Feb 2017

Ear candles are regularly promoted by alternative health suppliers and have been getting quite the hype from the media even though there is no evidence to suggest they have any real benefit. The...

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