Category Archives: alternative medicine

Podcast #65 – Live at Dragon*Con

Here’s a recording of our live show, presented September 5th on the Dragon*Con Skeptics Track.  Among the topics discussed: Homeopathic beer (with a tip o’ the hat to That Mitchell and Webb Look) The CieAura Patch of Woo Are skepticism … Continue reading

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HuffPo spews CAM-poo

I don’t read the Huffington Post for tips on health and fitness, but I do remember a couple of months ago being taken aback that one of their health writers recommended colonics as a preventative for swine flu. Turns out … Continue reading

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Carving a niche for “official superstitions”

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that there’s no well-drawn line to tell the government when it can interfere with parental discretion.  Cases like that of Daniel Hauser (the 13-year-old boy with a six-inch-diameter tumor whose parents wanted to … Continue reading

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What’s up with Zicam?

The FDA has issued a warning about a nasal spray called Zicam after numerous users reported a permanent loss of their sense of smell and taste.  My first thought is: how did this stuff get approved by the FDA to … Continue reading

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Newsweek jumps on Oprah

Finally, somebody in the mainstream media is taking on Oprah Winfrey and her promotion of airy-fairy, New-Agey, homeopathic, nonsensical pseudo-science. You may have heard that Oprah is giving Jenny “Vaccines Cause Autism” McCarthy her own show. Anyway, Newsweek has just … Continue reading

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Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science

If you were intrigued by my recent review of Bruce M. Hood’s SuperSense, you’ll want to read what the UK’s David Gardiner has to say about Robert L. Park’s new book Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science (available at … Continue reading

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Is it religion–or insanity–killing these kids?

I’m not one of those who thinks religious upbringing is necessarily tantamount to child abuse, but occasionally items pop up in the news that really make me think hard about how to separate “mere” religious belief from downright delusional behavior. … Continue reading

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Podcast #52 – Feedback

We read and respond to lots of feedback we’ve gotten from listeners to the show.  We talk about (among other things) Christian opinions on the Creation Museum, Christian license plates in North Carolina and Florida, urotherapy, one-star iTunes feedback and … Continue reading

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Their bullshit is bullshit; our bullshit is real

Yeah.  The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a warning to their flocks to avoid Reiki therapy (which is based on “balancing energies” or some such folderol).  The USCCB is worried that Reiki “lacks scientific credibility.”  So let me … Continue reading

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Time to de-fund NCCAM?

You probably didn’t know that the federal goverment actually funds a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medice (NCCAM).  Ironically, NCCAM has spent more time conclusively debunking CAM rather than affirming it, much to the chagrin of Senator Tom Harkin, … Continue reading

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