Is psychic surgery a real thing? - graphic operating room staff
Science Corner

Is Psychic Surgery a Real Thing?

There are plenty of odd pseudoscientific health practices out there, but psychic surgery kicks it up to a whole new level of weird. Psychic surgery isn't like what happens in an operating room; it's more like what happens on a magician's stage. Sleight of hand, fake blood, and animal parts are used to make the… Continue reading Is Psychic Surgery a Real Thing?

Does your body need detoxing/cleansing? Or is your liver already on top of it?
Science Corner

Do You Need to Detox/Cleanse?

Detox diets and cleanses are quite popular these days, especially if you're of the Goop-y persuasion. And while they might seem to make sense on an intuitive level, from a science perspective, is there anything to actually back that up? The "toxins" Commercial detox products tend to refer vaguely to "toxins" without actually specifying what… Continue reading Do You Need to Detox/Cleanse?

Does adrenal fatigue exist? - diagram of HPA axis
Science Corner

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 quacky 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?

Do crystals have healing powers?
Science Corner

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?

diagram of internal abdominal organs including intestines
Science Corner

Are Colon Cleanses Useful?

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?

flower blossoms and essential oil vials
Science Corner

Are Essential Oils a Placebo or Something More?

I'm a big fan of aromatherapy.  I have a diffuser and use a variety of essential oil blends, and if they're just a pleasant placebo, I'm good with that.  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?

woman having reiki administered
Science Corner

Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised?

A couple of people commented on my post on dopamine fasting asking about my take on reiki.  Ask and ye shall receive. 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 us and is… Continue reading Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised?

The science corner: Homeopathy: Government-funded quackery?
Science Corner

Homeopathy: Government-Funded Quackery

I've recently come across some news articles about homeopathy that have caught my eye.  One was about claims that homeopathy could prevent measles (homeoprophylaxis is the fancy term for this); another was about the Canadian government funding an aid mission to Honduras involving a delegation of homeopaths claiming to cure Chagas disease and other infectious diseases.… Continue reading Homeopathy: Government-Funded Quackery

Is natural always better? Stylized image of bodies and plant stalk
Science Corner

Does “Natural” Mean Better for Your Health?

Recently, I watched an episode of the Netflix docuseries A User's Guide to Cheating Death, which challenged the idea that "natural" is always good for you.  I decided to throw in my own two cents about the issue of whether "natural" is actually a good thing. What does "natural" mean? The term "natural" isn't regulated… Continue reading Does “Natural” Mean Better for Your Health?

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Wellbeing & Recovery

Aromatherapy and Mental Health/Wellness

There are various sources that can be found online that talk about the mental health benefits of aromatherapy with certain essential oils.  I started using aromatherapy daily almost a year ago.  Mostly I use a diffuser but I also have a few topical roll-ons.  It's hard to say if there's any therapeutic benefit aside from… Continue reading Aromatherapy and Mental Health/Wellness