articles tagged: alt med
despite rampant internet fear mongering, artificial sweeteners are safe
# health

despite rampant internet fear mongering, artificial sweeteners are safe

Alt med cranks have been scaring millions about the supposed harm of artificial sweeteners. A systematic review of 13,000 studies shows they’re either lying or ignorant.

when law, science, and religion meet sexuality
# sex

when law, science, and religion meet sexuality

A gay-conversion practice is being taken to court for fraud, catching its lawyers and PR consultants off guard as their stock talking points fail to connect.

the strange and complicated world of placebos
# science

the strange and complicated world of placebos

Placebos are all in the mind, but that doesn't mean they're not extremely powerful.

when alt med acts a lot like big pharma
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when alt med acts a lot like big pharma

The two rules of alt med business. One, there's no regulation strict enough for Big Pharma. Two, any regulation, no matter how token, is too onerous for snake oil manufacturers.

homeopathic physics abuse vs. the skeptics
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homeopathic physics abuse vs. the skeptics

According to Mike Adams, homeopathy is superior to actual medicine because it actually doesn't seem to do anything.

when a homeopath goes full mental jacket
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when a homeopath goes full mental jacket

Homeopath John Benneth is trying to make a name for himself as both a scientifically illiterate quack and a self-pitying conspiracy theorist.

thanksgiving: awkward family debates edition
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thanksgiving: awkward family debates edition

The holidays are a time for family, which often means arguments with woo-loving relatives...

genetic engineering, the alt med way…
# health

genetic engineering, the alt med way…

Consider this a PSA for aspiring biohackers: gene therapy does not work if you literally drink the genes.

when legal loopholes run wild…
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when legal loopholes run wild…

Over the last 16 years, DSHEA has been a massive giveaway to alt med and snake oil peddlers, doing far more harm than good.