The ‘Food Babe’: A Taste of Her Own Medicine

The ‘Food Babe’: A Taste of Her Own Medicine

by Mark Aaron Alsip
Skeptical Inquirer · Medical Misinformation · Volume 39.3

While “Food Babe” Vani Hari’s pseudoscience has been widely debunked by qualified doctors and scientists, a more sobering fact seems to have escaped everyone’s attention: one of America’s most notorious bloggers is earning sales commissions from products that contain the very same ingredients she says are dangerous.

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.