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Can we use eggshells to treat osteoarthritis?

17 May 2018

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Oprah for President?

12 Jan 2018

The U.S. is abuzz with chatter about Oprah for President. She makes a thoughtful, rousing, captivating speech at the Golden Globe Awards and people are ready to usher her into the Oval Office. But...

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

19 Oct 2017

“Laughter is the best medicine!” That’s an old adage, maybe even dating back to the biblical era. The book of Proverbs in the Old Testament proposes that “a  merry heart doeth good like a medicine:...

Get Ready for the Trottier Public Science Symposium

16 Oct 2017

When John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost that the mind can make a heaven of hell and a hell of heaven, without realizing it, he was talking about the “placebo” and the “nocebo” effect. “Placebo”...

Does Glucosamine Really Work?

20 Mar 2017

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition associated with the deterioration of cartilage, the flexible connective tissue that cushions the joints between bones.  When cartilage wears away, bone...

“Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”

20 Mar 2017

Sometimes beliefs are converted into fact just by repetition. We constantly hear of people who want to avoid monosodium glutamate because of a fear of being struck by “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”...

Vitamin D supplements in question

20 Mar 2017

Study after study has shown that vitamin supplements do not offer any benefits over a well-balanced diet. In certain cases they may even be detrimental to health. In 1994, the National Cancer...

Can "Kombucha tea" prevent the flu?

20 Mar 2017

While some people are looking to stockpile Tamiflu in case the bird flu strikes, a few others are placing their bets on a foul concoction with a folkloric history of curing everything from AIDS and...

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