Ads that Make You Go "Really?"

A few TV commercials set off my B.S. detector the other day, so I decided to look at the products' active ingredients and figure out if they can really do what they supposedly can do....Mouthwash reduces "biofilm". An ad for a popular brand of mouthwash implies that in addition to tartar buildup, plaque, and gum... Continue Reading →

How Do Ion Foot Baths and Foot Detox Pads Work?

"Ion foot baths" (also known as ionic foot baths, ionizing foot baths, or aqua detox) are showing up at countless naturopathic clinics, salons, and spas these days. You've probably heard at least one person you know raving about them, urging you to try one as soon as possible. They can supposedly draw toxins out of... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Paula Oliviera, a 26-year-old Brazilian lawyer, claimed earlier this month that while visiting Switzerland she was assaulted by a group of neo-Nazi punks. The three skinheads grabbed her as she stood outside a train station in Zurich, speaking Portuguese over her cell phone. They made some racial slurs, then carved the initials of Switzerland's wildly... Continue Reading →

Stirwands and Purple Plates

(AKA Plastic and Aluminum) Mystical-quantum gizmos + your water = plain ol' water I first heard of the Stirwand when Dr. Deagle, in his Granada Forum lecture, mentioned "special wands from Global Light Network that can actually change the structure of water to help ease specific conditions". This sounded like yet another structured water scam,... Continue Reading →

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