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. The concept of chakras first emerged in India in the first century BCE, in Hindu and then later in Buddhist texts. The … Continue reading Are Chakras Real or Pseudoscience?
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?
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 is not generally accepted within mainstream psychology, and has been described as … Continue reading What is… Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
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 years back … Continue reading Are Colon Cleanses Useful?
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 in many parts of 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 … Continue reading Is Astrology Scientifically Accurate?
One of my major pet peeves is pseudoscience, which Google defines 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
A couple of people commented on a post I did on dopamine fasting and said they'd be curious to see my take on reiki. Well, here it is. What is reiki? 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 … Continue reading Reiki: Does it Work as Advertised?
Find Your Glow, Feed Your Soul: A Guide for Cultivating a Vibrant Life of Peace & Purpose by Emily Silva, who is a life coach. It provides an A to Z of ways that you can tap into your inner glow, with quotes to accompany each entry. The interior of the book, like the cover, … Continue reading Book Review: Find Your Glow, Feed Your Soul
On a somewhat regular basis I read or hear someone talking about vibrational frequencies and thoughts vibrating and all that jazz. This is often in relation to the so-called law of attraction. This concept doesn't stay in the metaphorical realm; instead, it's not uncommon to see quantum physics being used to justify these kinds of ideas. … Continue reading Do thoughts vibrate?
There have been a couple of articles on the Canadian news site CBC.ca recently about homeopathy that have caught my eye recently. One was about claims that homeopathy could prevent measles (referred to as homeoprophylaxis), and another was about the Canadian government funding an aid mission to Honduras involving a delegation of homeopaths claiming to cure … Continue reading Government-funded quackery
This is a follow-up to an earlier post I wrote on whether "natural" is better. I also recently saw the documentary Letters From Generation Rx on Amazon Prime, and it got me thinking about the notion that vitamins can cure mental illness. I suppose in some ways it's a natural reaction to the imperfect nature … Continue reading Why do people think vitamins can cure mental illness?