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Chemical Confusion

15 Aug 2017

There are two myths that are a constant irritation in the fight against pseudoscience. One is the equating of the term “chemical” with “toxin,” the other is the suggestion that “natural” substances...

Is the organic vs non-organic sweet potato video scientifically sound?

20 Mar 2017

You asked about a video floating in cyberspace that describes a little girl's project purporting to show the risks of conventional produce.

The U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

20 Mar 2017

Amidst the cacophony of jingoist, vacuous blather at the Republican Convention there were some noteworthy phrases that probably slipped by most viewers. A number of speakers talked about the need...

Mirror Image Insecticides

20 Mar 2017

Everything in the world, except perhaps a vampire, has a mirror image. But mirror images are curious things. Imagine that you place a ping-pong ball in front of a mirror. If you could somehow pick...

It's Chemical-Free!

20 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...

How Chemicals Affect Us

20 Mar 2017

A recent New York Times article featured the headline “How Chemicals Affect Us.” Even before reading a single word, I was pretty sure the columnist was not going to discuss how antibiotics cure...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #1: Polydimethylsiloxane explained

15 Feb 2017

I think instead of criticizing the Food Babe on a regular basis, which could easily become a second career, it is time to take a different approach. Maybe we can be pro-active here and attempt to...

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