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The Business of Heritage: what’s the deal with genetic sequencing?

14 Jun 2017

If you’ve ever spent any time in Ireland, you’ll know that heritage is highly marketable; from the-over-the-top Carroll’s gift shops, to the bright green tour buses transiting loads of tourists...

Therapeutic touch

10 May 2017

Dolores Krieger, a nurse, is the mother of Therapeutic Touch. She claims that humans are surrounded by energy fields which become disturbed when they are ill and can be massaged back into place by...

Cancer Quackery Costs Lives

20 Mar 2017

“We've had more people reverse cancer than any institute in the history of health care, so when McGill fails, or Toronto hospitals fail, they come to us. It can be stage 4 cancer and we reverse it....

Instant Noodles

20 Mar 2017

At the turn of the millennium a Japanese poll asked about the best Japanese invention of the previous century. Instant noodles was the answer. Japan as well as China have a long history of eating...

Homeopathy and the Flu

20 Mar 2017

Here is a recipe. Into a liter bottle, pour a mixture of pancreatic juice, glucose and water. Then decapitate a muscovy duck and add 35 grams of its liver and 15 grams of its heart to the mixture....

Can asparagus be a treatment for cancer?

20 Mar 2017

What makes people believe the unbelievable? Sometimes it’s desperation. Sometimes it’s wishful thinking about simple answers for complex problems. Sometimes it is blind trust in the untrustworthy....

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...

Down with Antioxidants!

20 Mar 2017

Down with flavones, flavanols and flavanones; the hydroxycinnamates, hydroxybenzoates and all carotenoids! No, I do not mean that these and all the other antioxidants should be banned from our food...

Formaldehyde in Baby Shampoo - Crunch the Numbers, Crunch the Scare

20 Mar 2017

It is a very small molehill. But to the folks at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) it seems more like Mount Everest. This organization’s recently released report features a cute baby smothered...


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