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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?

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Science Corner

Is Astrology Scientifically Accurate?

For thousands of years, people across multiple cultures throughout 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 CE.  The twelve… Continue reading Is Astrology Scientifically Accurate?

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Science Corner

How to Spot Pseudoscience

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

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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?

book cover: Find Your Glow, Feed Your Soul by Emily Silva
Book Reviews

Book Review: Find Your Glow, Feed Your Soul

Find Your Glow, Feed Your Soul by Emily Silva, a life coach, 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, has beautiful watercolour backgrounds, making it very pleasing aesthetically. The author defines inner glow… Continue reading Book Review: Find Your Glow, Feed Your Soul

The dopamine fasting myth: Why it's impossible to go dopamine-free
Science Corner

The Dopamine Fasting Myth

I have an issue with pseudoscience masquerading as science.  Whether these ideas have any associated value or not isn't my concern.  My problem is when science-like concepts are used to trick people into believing that an idea is something that it isn't. My current rant is about dopamine fasting.  I recently heard about this from… Continue reading The Dopamine Fasting Myth

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Science Corner

Do Thoughts Vibrate as the Law of Attraction Claims?

I regularly read or hear someone talking about vibrational frequencies and how thoughts vibrate 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.  It annoys… Continue reading Do Thoughts Vibrate as the Law of Attraction Claims?

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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

Book cover: The handbook for highly sensitive people by Mel Collins
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People

The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People is written by Mel Collins, who describes herself as a counsellor, spiritual healer, and reiki master, as well as a highly sensitive person (HSP). The book begins with a description of the characteristics of HSPs.  The author explains that they process emotions on a deeper level than others, and tend… Continue reading Book Review: The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People

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Mental Health

Why Do People Think Vitamins Can Cure Mental Illness?

This is a follow-up to an earlier post I wrote on whether "natural" is better.  I recently saw the documentary Letters From Generation Rx, 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 of currently available… Continue reading Why Do People Think Vitamins Can Cure Mental Illness?