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The Powder of Sympathy

25 Feb 2022

Four hundred years ago Belgian physician Johann Baptist Van Helmont was persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church for promoting the use of the “Powder of Sympathy” that was supposed to treat wounds...

The Exaggerated Villainy of the Epstein-Barr Virus

16 Jul 2021

What causes a disease? We saw this important medical question get raised during the pandemic. Some people refused to accept that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was causing COVID-19 because it failed to...

Squashing Some Mosquito Myths

9 Jul 2021

Guests at the Cypress Cove Nudist Resort in Florida routinely emerge from the swimming pool and walk over to a nearby row of citrosa plants.  They proceed to shake the shrubbery and then rub their...

A Bloody Mess

4 Jun 2021

Take some corn syrup, water, flour, red food dye and blue food dye. Blend these ingredients together in the right ratio and you’ll have a great batch of fake blood! It won’t be of any good for...

The “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Gamble of Private Cord Blood Banks

29 Apr 2021

I remember when the idea of having your body frozen and preserved after death, a procedure called “cryonics,” was trending. Now, there is a new low-temperature preservation technique that gambles...

There’s a condition that can cause human blood to turn green

22 Nov 2019

If you have clear blood you may be a brachiopod, if you have blue blood you may be an octopus (or just a rich human), but if you have green blood you may have sulfhemoglobinemia.

Fasting Blood Tests Are Becoming Less Routine

6 Sep 2019

This article was first published in The Montreal Gazette....

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