WHO’s Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine

WHO’s Strategy on Traditional and Complementary Medicine

by Thomas P.C. Dorlo, Willem Betz, and Cees N.M. Renckens
Skeptical Inquirer · Medical Misinformation · Volume 39.3

The World Health Organization once again advocates for implementing complementary and alternative medicine in national health services, jeopardizing global public health and evidence-based medicine.

Neuro-Pseudoscience

Neuro-Pseudoscience

by Stuart Vyse
Special Articles · Behavior & Belief
July 29, 2015

As the population ages, concerns about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have created a demand for anything that might stave off the course of mental decline. Brain training programs have a kind of simple plausibility. They sound scientific, and the analogy to physical exercise makes intuitive sense.

Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?

Pesticides: Just How Bad Are They?

by Harriet Hall
Skeptical Inquirer · Medical Misinformation · Volume 39.3

Scientific balance and objective assessments of evidence are necessary to avoid biased and misleading answers to concerns about pesticides.

SkeptiCal: The Northern California Conference of Science and Skepticism

SkeptiCal: The Northern California Conference of Science and Skepticism

by Rebecca Watson
Special Articles · Skepchick
July 22, 2015

When Skeptical Inquirer asked me to report on a skeptical conference happening in my backyard of San Francisco, I was, well, skeptical. I’ve been attending and occasionally speaking at skeptics’ conferences for the past decade, and with that investment of time in a relatively tiny subculture, one tends to see the same “big ticket” speakers over and over again.

Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

Vaccines and the Anti-Vaccination Movement: An Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

by Lindsay Beyerstein
Skeptical Inquirer · Interview · Volume 39.3

In an interview with Lindsay Beyerstein on the Point of Inquiry podcast, Offit spoke about the early 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland, the anti-vaccination movement, and the importance of vaccination.

It’s Time for Science-Based Medicine

It’s Time for Science-Based Medicine

by Steven Novella
Skeptical Inquirer · The Science of Medicine · Volume 39.3

In the pages of the Skeptical Inquirer and elsewhere in the skeptical literature, you can read about a seemingly endless array of snake oil remedies, dubious health claims, questionable practices, ineffective regulation, and shortcomings of mainstream medicine.