Tratamiento Facial “Vampiro”
Artículo traducido por Alejandro Borgo, Director del CFI/Argentina. Hay una nueva moda para las celebridades: los tratamientos faciales vampiro. ¿Ha visto usted la foto de Kim Kardashian West luego de su tratamiento-vampiro, mostrando su rostro salpicado con sangre y cubierto con pequeñas heridas? Si no la ha visto, haga clic en el link y mírela …
Lou Gehrig’s Disease Was Named for the Baseball Player—but Was He Misdiagnosed?
Lou Gehrig, the famous New York Yankees first baseman, was known as the “Iron Horse” for his batting skills and stamina. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and voted the greatest first baseman of all time, he set records that stood for over fifty years. In 1939, on his thirty-sixth birthday, he was diagnosed …
Beber sangre de murciélagos es una mala (y loca) idea
En la medicina tradicional china (MTC), uso médico generalizado de productos animales tales como bilis de oso, cuernos de rinoceronte, huesos de tigre y escamas de pangolín ha devenido en la práctica de la crueldad animal y ha amenazado a varias especies respecto de su extinción.
Dr. Oz Sells Lemons
I was not at all surprised to learn that Dr. Oz is selling the other kind of lemon, the kind that grows on trees.
Un exceso de tonterías
El mundo se está volviendo más loco? Parece que sí, pero quizá es que yo estoy más consciente de la estupidez. He aquí solo unas pocas cosas estrafalarias con las que me he cruzado recientemente.
A Surfeit of Silliness
Is the world getting crazier?
Revolviendo el contenedor de basura del VAERS La realidad es la mejor medicina
Sin duda, las vacunas son uno de los más grandes triunfos de la medicina moderna.
Drinking the Blood of Bats Is a Bad (and Batty) Idea
Now humans are turning the tables. They are drinking the blood of bats in the misguided belief that it has health benefits.
Human ingenuity is endless. People are always looking for the next secret that will improve their health and appearance.
A 500-Pound Amoeba: Psychiatry from the Inside
Psychiatry is arguably the least science-based of all the medical specialties. There are no objective blood tests or imaging studies to diagnose mental illness, medications are often not very effective and have bad side effects, and it’s hard to do good controlled studies on talk therapies. No wonder people are skeptical.
Colorpuncture applies various colors of light to acupoints with a small flashlight-like instrument with a colored quartz rod.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on Vaccination
Today’s anti-vaccine arguments echo the same words that were used in 1887.
Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fear
The headlines say things like, “Best Non-Toxic Cookware Options: Don’t Let Your Cookware Kill You” and “Cookware is a scary toxic minefield.”
Did Salt Water Supplement Regenerate Baby’s Heart Valve?
If a missing part of the heart was actually regenerated by ASEA, it would have been trumpeted in the headlines and someone would be in line for a Nobel Prize.
Train Track Therapy
People in Indonesia lie down on the tracks with their head on one rail and their legs on another. When a train comes, they get up and move away; after it passes, they lie down again.
Book about Quackery Is a Hoot!
In addition to colorfully describing quackeries I was already aware of, the book covers many that were new, along with providing obscure facts and tidbits about celebrities.
Pulseras de cobre y cócteles: ¿el cobre te curará o te matará?
Las pulseras de cobre se usaron durante siglos en la medicina folcórica. Supuestamente reducen el dolor de las articulaciones y la rigidez asociada a la artritis, y usando cobre en la muñeca presuntamente beneficia a todas las articulaciones en el cuerpo.
Copper Bracelets and Moscow Mules: Will Copper Heal You or Kill You?
Copper bracelets have been used for centuries in folk medicine. They allegedly reduce the joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, and wearing copper on the wrist supposedly benefits all joints in the body.
Recent Developments in ‘Eastern’ Science
Science from the Koran and the Vedas? Who knew?
Ayurveda: Ancient Superstition, Not Ancient Wisdom
Ayurveda is basically superstition mixed with a soupçon of practical health advice.
Would You Drill Holes in Your Head for Science?
The information that can be obtained from sham surgery trials is invaluable, but it doesn’t always change clinical practices, and many have questioned the ethics of subjecting sham surgery patients to the risks of sham surgery knowing there is no possible benefit to their health.
The Riddle of Consciousness
Consciousness is not a nonphysical phenomenon. It is an evolved user-illusion, “a system of virtual machines that evolved, genetically and memetically, to play very special roles in the ‘cognitive niche’ our ancestors have constructed over the millennia.”
Testosterone Rex: the familiar, plausible, pervasive, and powerful story of sex and society. Testosterone drives masculinity; it allegedly explains all those male/female differences.
The Incorrigible Dr. Oz
Oz has made a reputation for himself as the Television SuperDoctor, but don’t be fooled by his dramaticized remedies.
Ancient Navajo Cure for Hearing Loss: A Lesson in Spotting Red Flags
I’ve been getting emails advertising a lost Navajo remedy that can cure deafness. Nearly 33,500 people have allegedly reversed their hearing loss in just two weeks with this 100 percent natural treatment.
Answering Vaccine Skeptics
Here are some short answers to some of the most common objections to vaccines…
Chiropractors: Pro and Con
When chiropractic is effective, what is effective is not “chiropractic”: it is SMT. SMT is also offered by physical therapists, DOs, and others…
The Vicissitudes of the Egg: From Vilification to Vindication
For decades, scientists have been working their way towards a better understanding of what causes heart attacks and strokes.
Do I Really Need to Drink 200 Ounces of Water Every Day?
Here’s how the eight to ten glasses myth got started…
Why Physical Activity Does Little to Control Weight
Herman Pontzer describes new research findings that challenge our conventional wisdom about diet, exercise, and weight loss.
Turmeric/Curcumin: The “Natural Remedy of the Century” or a Waste of Money?
Turmeric does have other benefits. It enhances the flavor and appearance of Indian food.
Self-Hatred: The Cause of Autoimmune Disease?
The idea that we can take control of our destiny and can prevent or cure illness with our thoughts alone is a seductive one. Wouldn’t that be nice? I wish it were true.
The Screening Test that Caused an Epidemic
Just because you can screen for a disease doesn’t mean you should.
A Questionable Letter of Recommendation for Ear Candling
No way am I ever going to put one in my ear. Call me prejudiced… in favor of science and reality.
New Superfoods: Kakadu Plums and Cockroach Milk
“Put simply, it is magic!” In my opinion, the only thing magical about it is the magical thinking required to believe the claims for it.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Do They Really Work?
People want to believe in G/C, and they can easily find reasons to disregard the evidence. Hope springs eternal.
Genius Java: Memory Boosting Coffee
In one sense it might actually make you smarter: if you can understand why its claims are questionable and can apply those lessons to other marketing claims.
The CAMphora: Health in a Jar
My flabber was thoroughly gasted. Apparently you sit in the jar and put water and maybe Chinese herbs into it and it is connected to 220-volt electricity.
The Truth About Cancer
I actually find it flattering when someone attacks me so stupidly. It means what I wrote was so accurate that they were unable to find anything they could legitimately criticize.
Uninformed Consumers Are Treating Their Flu Symptoms with Muscovy Duck Offal (Minus the Duck)
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.