Does adrenal fatigue exist? - diagram of HPA axis
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Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

The term adrenal fatigue was first used by chiropractor James Wilson in 1998, and became popular with a book he published in 2001.  I've written before about some of the sketchy dabbling of chiropractors outside the neck and back pain issues we commonly associate them with.  You can probably guess from that alone where I'm… Continue reading Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

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How Vaccines Work (and What That Means for COVID-19)

While COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus, and there's still much to be learned about the virus and the illness, coming up with a vaccine doesn't mean totally reinventing the wheel.  How vaccines work is based on knowledge about how the immune system works, and the immune system doesn't abruptly change just because a… Continue reading How Vaccines Work (and What That Means for COVID-19)

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What’s This Curve We’re Flattening?

In the age of COVID-19, everyone keeps talking about flattening or bending the curve.  But what the heck kind of curve are they talking about? Epidemiology looks at the patterns of diseases across populations.  This is a fundamental part of public health.  Epidemiological curves, also known as epidemic curves or epi curves, are used to… Continue reading What’s This Curve We’re Flattening?

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Separating Reality from Fake Health News

During this global pandemic, there's a lot of wild and wacky news out there in the world.  This infographic from the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions gives some handy tips for separating the facts from the crap.  In this post, I'll go through those tips with respect to spotting fake health news. Consider… Continue reading Separating Reality from Fake Health News

Mental health, Science & research

Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?

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. Traditional concept of chakras The concept of chakras first emerged in India in the first century BCE, in Hindu and then later… Continue reading Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?

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Is Chiropractic What It Claims To Be?

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?

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Do Crystals Have Healing Powers?

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?

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What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

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's not generally accepted within mainstream psychology, and has been described as a… Continue reading What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

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Are Colon Cleanses Useful?

Image by Elionas2 from Pixabay 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… Continue reading Are Colon Cleanses Useful?

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Can You Believe Statistics?

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?