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I Oil Pulled for a Month and All I Got Was This Sore Tongue

I Oil Pulled for a Month and All I Got Was This Sore Tongue

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
July 23, 2014

All I had to do to perfect my pearly whites was swish a tablespoon of oil (sunflower or sesame is preferred) around my mouth for twenty minutes a day, pulling toxins out of my teeth and gums and “improving my overall oral health.”

Milk Doesn’t Aggravate Autism: How PETA and Jenny McCarthy Became Unwitting Bedfellows

Milk Doesn’t Aggravate Autism: How PETA and Jenny McCarthy Became Unwitting Bedfellows

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
June 16, 2014

According to the animal rights group PETA, childhood autism may be diminished with a dairy-free diet. In fact, any such correlation has been roundly debunked.

The Weekend I Became a Reiki Healer

The Weekend I Became a Reiki Healer

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
May 7, 2014

I am a Reiki practitioner, but I don’t believe in Reiki. That may sound like a contradiction, but apparently it isn’t.

Kevin Trudeau’s $18,000 Weight Loss Plan: A Book Review

Kevin Trudeau’s $18,000 Weight Loss Plan: A Book Review

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
April 18, 2014

It wasn’t selling snake oil that put Kevin in the slammer. In fact, it wasn’t even the “natural cures” books for which he became so famous. It was his relatively forgotten book, The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.

Not a Saint: How I Bought Con Man Kevin Trudeau’s Belongings

Not a Saint: How I Bought Con Man Kevin Trudeau’s Belongings

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
March 18, 2014

Kevin Trudeau doesn’t have very good taste. I know because I just got back from his house in Ojai, California. Or rather, the house he once owned.

A Grain of Truth: Recreating Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment

A Grain of Truth: Recreating Dr. Emoto’s Rice Experiment

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
March 11, 2014

Are you a human? Do you have access to the internet? Then you may already know about Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese “scientist” who magically turns normal rice into gross rice, simply by yelling at it.

My First Trance

My First Trance

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
March 3, 2014

I sat with the older members of a group of twenty-eight people. Twenty were standing. I was the only guest. This was my second meeting with them. They often get together to pray, lay hands on the sick, and communicate with spirits. The spirits don’t talk back, but that doesn’t stop them.

Will Psychics “Cure” Cancer?

Will Psychics “Cure” Cancer?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
February 20, 2014

The online psychic industry is a seemingly bottomless collection of clairvoyants, tarot card readers, psychic healers, and other people in purple outfits.

Be Happy if You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part Two)

Be Happy if You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part Two)

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
December 13, 2013

The Raëlian Happiness Academy was the culmination of our five months undercover with the UFO-believing group. During those five months, we spent many hours in one Raëlian sister’s apartment, cross-legged and staring sublimely into one another’s eyes.

Be Happy If You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part One)

Be Happy If You Want To: How I Became a Raëlian (Part One)

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
November 8, 2013

Ross and I scurry into the Raëlian Happiness Academy four days late. The whole thing is supposed to last six days, but we will only be there two. They are the most important two—the final meditations and the baptism, which occurs on the last day.

Another Tower Fell: My Months with the 9/11 Truthers

Another Tower Fell: My Months with the 9/11 Truthers

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
November 1, 2013

Here in Los Angeles, there are two prominent Truther groups seemingly in competition. We have been attending the biggest and most active one. About twenty-five people attend each meeting. Each one is four to five hours long and mostly consists of Abel showing us YouTube videos and steamrolling conversations.

Hodag: The Legendary, Ugly, Smelly Beast of Wisconsin

Hodag: The Legendary, Ugly, Smelly Beast of Wisconsin

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
September 30, 2013

Three things can kill a hodag: dynamite, chloroform, and lemons. If you see one, you are advised to keep any all-white bulldogs away (that’s all a hodag eats) and call your local fire department or animal control. If you decide to try to kill a hodag yourself, the risk is all on you.

Blowfish Hangover Remedy: Scam or Savior?

Blowfish Hangover Remedy: Scam or Savior?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
September 18, 2013

We each downed two tablets, the recommended dosage. Ross, having had a lot more to drink (he’s part-Irish, you know) considered taking extra, but the recommended dosage seemed advisable. We flipped the box over to see how much of each active ingredient was going into our systems.

Can a Brain Scan Tell You if Your Husband Loves You?

Can a Brain Scan Tell You if Your Husband Loves You?

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
September 10, 2013

How Being in Love Made My Skin Look Great

Is Marijuana Medical? Part Two: My First Time

Is Marijuana Medical? Part Two: My First Time

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
August 7, 2013

When I get my first bag of marijuana home, I have no idea what to do with it. Unlike most medicine, cannabis doesn’t come in a “dosage” so much as in “servings.”

Is Marijuana Medical? Part One: How I Got a Cannabis Prescription from a Porn Star

Is Marijuana Medical? Part One: How I Got a Cannabis Prescription from a Porn Star

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
August 2, 2013

He looks a lot like a doctor from a soap opera: chiseled jaw and yellow-blonde hair. You’d definitely think his name was Keith, which it isn’t. Dr. Keith is going to decide if I can get a prescription for medical marijuana under California’s Proposition 215, the California Compassionate Care Act.

Bath and a Nap: Sound Bathing at the Integratron

Bath and a Nap: Sound Bathing at the Integratron

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
June 6, 2013

Packed with forty or fifty people into a small, domed room in the California desert—a room supposedly blueprinted by aliens—listening to a middle-aged nurse play quartz singing bowls, a person might think they were supposed to stay awake. Not so. At the Integratron, falling asleep is a given.

Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose: My 30 Minutes at an Oxygen Bar

Up Your Nose with a Rubber Hose: My 30 Minutes at an Oxygen Bar

by Carrie Poppy
Poppycock
May 21, 2013

They will deliver us pure oxygen—double the amount we usually get in the air! It helps cure hangovers. It ends fatigue. It helps with muscle pain and weakness. It curbs jet lag. It dissolves headaches. Some places make even loftier claims about oxygen bars, like that they can help halt cancer or aid chi flow.