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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Made-Up Vibrations: The Essential Oils Version

I'm a very science-minded person, and one of the things that really grates my rutabagas is when people make things up and call it science. In particular, I'm not impressed with made-up vibrations, and especially the made-up idea of vibrating thoughts, law of attraction style. Somehow, the notion of essential oils vibrating flew under my… Continue reading Made-Up Vibrations: The Essential Oils Version

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

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, pseudoscience, & media literacy

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
Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

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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Mental health, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

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?

Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Is Chiropractic What It Claims To Be?

Spine Logo vector created by roserodionova - http://www.freepik.com 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… Continue reading Is Chiropractic What It Claims To Be?

Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

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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Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

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?

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Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Are Essential Oils a Placebo or Something More?

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?