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's not generally accepted within mainstream psychology, and has been described as a… Continue reading What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
Image by Elionas2 from Pixabay There are a lot of weird alternative health interventions out there, but colon cleanses, also known as colon hydrotherapy or colonics, have got to be among the weirder ones. Apparently, this has been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians; however, it only appeared on my radar a few years back when… 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 throughout 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 CE. The twelve… 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. Google defines it 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 my post on dopamine fasting that they'd be curious to see my take on reiki. Well, here it is. What is it? 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 energy' flows through… Continue reading Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised?