Have you aligned your chakras today? Or perhaps you've wondered if the whole chakra craze is a bit over the top. And maybe you can guess what my take on the matter is. The concept of chakras first emerged in India in the first century BCE, in Hindu and then later in Buddhist texts. The … Continue reading Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?
Let's say your back hurts. You go to a chiropractor, over a few visits they crack a few joints, and that's all she wrote, right? That's certainly what I used to think about chiropractic. The thing is, though, there's some modern back cracking practice built on some rather out there origins. Traditional/straight chiropractic Chiropractic was … Continue reading Is Chiropractic What It Claims To Be?
Crystals are pretty, there's no doubt about that. But can they do anything for your health and wellbeing? The belief that precious stones have healing powers has been around for centuries. In current practice, it's most often associated with the New Age movement. It draws on the Chinese concept of life energy (qi) and the … Continue reading Do Crystals Have Healing Powers?
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) incorporates a number of different alternative healing approaches, including neuro-linguistic programming, acupuncture meridians, and energy medicine. It is not generally accepted within mainstream psychology, and has been described as … Continue reading What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
There are a lot of weird alternative health interventions out there, but colon cleansing, also known as colon hydrotherapy or colonics, has got to be one of the weirder ones. Apparently this is something that's been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, but it only appeared on my radar a few years back … Continue reading Are Colon Cleanses Useful?
There are all kinds of statistics that get thrown around, some of which appear rather dubious. As a result, there seems to be a lot of suspicion about statistics in general. But is that warranted? Let's start with what statistics are. According to Wikipedia, statistics is "the discipline that concerns the collection, organization, displaying, analysis, … Continue reading Can You Believe Statistics?
I'm a big fan of aromatherapy. I have a diffuser and use a number of different essential oil blends, and I'm perfectly happy if they're just a pleasant placebo. Essential oils smell nice and they're a great way to practice self-care. But do they live up to the assorted health claims that are made about … Continue reading Are Essential Oils a Placebo or Something More?
For thousands of years, people across multiple cultures in many parts of the world have looked to the stars to predict events on earth. But is there actually any substance behind astrology? Western Astrology The current system used in Western countries is based on the work of the Greek scholar Ptolemy in the 2nd century … Continue reading Is Astrology Scientifically Accurate?
With the anti-vax movement picking up more steam than it ever deserved to have, kids are being put at risk from serious preventable illness. Unfortunately, the anti-vaxxers aren't just putting their own kids at risk, they're increasing the risk for other kids as well. Herd immunity refers to the extra protection that comes from vaccinating … Continue reading The Science Corner: Herd Immunity
One of my major pet peeves is pseudoscience, which Google defines as "a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method." There's a lot of pseudoscience out there in the world that can spread easily and quickly via the internet, and it often astonishes me what people will believe. There's also … Continue reading How to Spot Pseudoscience
I'm trotting out a reworked version of a post I did last fall because flu session is coming, and it's time to decide whether or not to get the influenza vaccine. There are a lot of myths floating around the influenza vaccine, and it's always better to make choices related to your health that are … Continue reading Will the Influenza Vaccine Make You Sick?
A couple of people commented on a post I did on dopamine fasting and said they'd be curious to see my take on reiki. Well, here it is. What is reiki? First, what exactly is reiki? The International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT) says that reiki "is based on the idea that an unseen 'life force … Continue reading Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised?
I have an issue with pseudoscience masquerading as science, and I've ranted before about the law of attraction and homeopathy. Whether these ideas have any associated value or not isn't my concern. My problem is when science-like concepts are used to trick people into believing that an idea is science-based. My current rant is about dopamine fasting. … Continue reading The Dopamine Fasting Myth
The term fake news has been popularized by the current U.S. president, but how good are we at distinguishing fact from fiction? The volume of information on the internet is truly astonishing. There's quite a bit of good, but also a whole lot of crap. Sometimes it's fairly easy to tell that a website is unreliable, … Continue reading Separating Fake News From Fact
I'm a little big gross. Maybe more than a little, who knows, but I'm all for the 5-second rule, or even a 5-minute rule, for that matter. The 5-second rule has been proven to be entirely invalid in terms of germs attaching themselves to an item that's fallen on the floor, but my question would … Continue reading The Five Second Rule