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I Like Pi

I Like Pi

by Susan Gerbic
March 31, 2016

It's a commonly known fact that skeptics are nerds, so we might as well embrace it and use it to our advantage.

Uninformed Consumers Are Treating Their Flu Symptoms with Muscovy Duck Offal (Minus the Duck)

Uninformed Consumers Are Treating Their Flu Symptoms with Muscovy Duck Offal (Minus the Duck)

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
March 23, 2016

Why on Earth do people buy a medicine with no medicine in it? The back of the box clearly says “Active ingredient Anas barbariae, 200 CK HPUS.” I suspect most customers don’t bother to read that, and if they do, they don’t know what it means.

Quack Busters’ Leader William Jarvis Dies at Eighty

Quack Busters’ Leader William Jarvis Dies at Eighty

by William M. London
Renegades & Rascals
March 22, 2016

Bill emphasized that quackery (also called health fraud) is not merely the use of false and unproven medical procedures. The key is their deceptive promotion in the marketplace as “alternatives” or “complements” to standard medicine—whether the deception is deliberate or done without adequate knowledge or understanding.

Malos tiempos para la homeopatía en España

Malos tiempos para la homeopatía en España

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
March 18, 2016

El 2 de marzo, la Universidad de Barcelona anunció la supresión de su máster en homeopatía, que ofrecía desde mediados de los años 90, porque 'no hay una evidencia científica clara'.

A Skeptic’s Woe over Margaret Cho

A Skeptic’s Woe over Margaret Cho

by Susan Gerbic
March 17, 2016

Being an atheist does not by default make you a skeptic. And the reverse is also true; being a skeptic does not make you an atheist.

Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski

Five Things I Learned Writing about Stanislaw Burzynski

by Tamar Wilner
Media Mind
March 10, 2016

“Newsweek published my feature about the cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski, who’s facing potential license revocation... And I got a reminder of how hard it is to write about controversial health issues.”

Good News for Grouches: Happiness is Overrated

Good News for Grouches: Happiness is Overrated

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
March 7, 2016

The pursuit of happiness is one of the inalienable rights established in the Declaration of Independence, and in recent decades an enormous happiness industry has risen up to help you succeed in your personal pursuit.

Operation Tater Tot: Following Up On A Grief Vampire

Operation Tater Tot: Following Up On A Grief Vampire

by Susan Gerbic
February 26, 2016

What people need to understand is that it is NOT my responsibility to disprove Tyler Henry or any other psychic. The burden of proof lies in the person who is making the extraordinary claim to prove they have the ability they claim to have.

Newborn Babies Don’t Have Sex, So Why Do We Vaccinate Them for a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

Newborn Babies Don’t Have Sex, So Why Do We Vaccinate Them for a Sexually Transmitted Disease?

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
February 17, 2016

So babies don’t have sex, abuse drugs, or share razors. And mothers can be tested for the virus; if they don’t have it, there is no risk of them transmitting it to their babies. So are there any valid reasons to vaccinate newborns?

¿Nos visitan seres de otros mundos?

¿Nos visitan seres de otros mundos?

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
February 16, 2016

Mucha gente cree que la Tierra ha recibido visitas de extraterrestres. ¿Es posible? Para empezar, no hablemos de avistamientos de platillos volantes ni de cosas parecidas, sino de dónde vivimos, desde cuándo y de cómo somos.

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