With bachelor’s degrees in pharmacy and nursing, as well as a master’s in psychiatric nursing, I’ve spent a lot of time in school. I have a strong science background and I know how to read and understand a research paper. All of that combined means I have a finely tuned bullshit-detector. Debunking pseudoscience makes my mind do a happy dance, and I invite you along for the ride!
- Are Colon Cleanses Useful?
- Are Essential Oils a Placebo or Something More?
- Can the flu vaccine give you the flu? – some people choose not to get vaccinated because they think the vaccine will give them the flu; here’s why that’s not possible
- Do Crystals Have Healing Powers?
- Do thoughts vibrate? – a closer look at the law of attraction claims
- Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – includes things like energy field polarity reversals and a rather odd way of looking at proof
- Government-funded quackery – why is the Canadian government funding an international aid group using homeopathy?
- Herd immunity – anti-vaxxers aren’t just harming their own kids
- How to Spot Pseudoscience – aka how to fine-tune your BS radar
- Is Astrology Scientifically Accurate? – does the positioning of essentially made-up constellations have any bearing on our lives?
- Is “natural” better when it comes to health? – you hear it all the time, natural, natural, natural… but does it actually mean anything?
- Is the law of attraction real? – the law of attraction makes claims related to quantum physics, but do they make any sense?
- Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised? – are there actually energy fields that can be manipulated with the hands?
- The Dopamine Fasting Myth – there’s actually no such thing as fasting from dopamine
- Vaccines and autism: The link that doesn’t exist (despite what anti-vaxxers insist)
- Why do people think vitamins can cure mental illness? – some people claim vitamins and minerals can cure serious mental illness, but is there anything to it?
- Will the Influenza Vaccine Make You Sick?
Media, Research, and Scientific Literacy
There are good sources of information out there, and there is crap. Literacy comes into play in recognizing the good from the crap.
- Can you believe statistics? – we’re presented with statistics all the time, but often more information is needed to actually evaluate what they mean
- Media literacy week: How to be a discerning Wikipedia user – Wikipedia contains a lot of good information as well as some crap; here are some clues to help you spot the difference
- Understanding the implications of research design – there are many different types of research studies, and they don’t all produce the same kinds of results
- Why research literacy matters in mental health – a basic understanding of research makes it easier to separate the science from the BS