Pseudoscience

Can you manifest a purple people eater?

Can You Manifest a Purple People Eater?

Manifestation is all over the internet, part of the whole law of attraction vibrational package. Because I have a bit (or a lot) of a fixation on purple people eaters, they’ll help us see what we might or might not be able to manifest. The purple monster critter in the image above is someone I’ve …

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The use and misuse of jargon - diagram of science equipment

The Use and Misuse of Jargon

Many fields have their own jargon, which Wikipedia describes as “specialized terminology associated with a particular field or area of activity” that often isn’t well understood by people outside of that particular field. While jargon can help people within a field communicate precisely, that doesn’t necessarily translate well outside of the field. It can be …

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"High vibration" essential oils: do they really vibrate, or is that just pseudoscience?

“High Vibration”? Essential Oil Frequency Debunked

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 pseudoscientific made-up vibrations, and especially the made-up idea of vibrating thoughts, law of attraction style. Somehow, the notion of essential oil frequencies and “high …

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Psychic surgery: a real thing, or just a very wacky placebo?

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 …

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Does your body need to detox/cleanse?

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 …

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Adrenal fatigue: can your adrenal glands actually get tired?

Does Adrenal Fatigue Actually Exist?

The term adrenal fatigue was first used by chiropractor James Wilson in 1998, and it 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 …

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Chiropractic Quackery: The Wacky fringe - cartoon of a person's spine

Chiropractic Quackery: The Wacky Fringe Side

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. It turns out, though, that chiropractic quackery has been around from the beginning. The modern back-cracking that most of us are …

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Do crystals have healing powers?

Do Crystals Have Healing Powers?

Crystals are pretty, there’s no doubt about that. But do they actually have healing powers as some claim, and 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 …

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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 it’s been described as a …

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