Flim-Flam Friday: Chlorella

Last week I glimpsed a Facebook ad for "nature's perfect superfood", Chlorella, a freshwater green algae that grows naturally in certain parts of Asia. Every single time I hear the term "superfood", this happens: There are two reasons for that. 1. Sure, certain foods are nutrient-dense, but foods slapped with the prefix "super" usually turn... 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 →

Wedneday Weirdness Roundup

Some 9/11 Truthers in the U.S. and Canada will soon be standing outside newspaper and media offices to hand out fliers that advertise a website devoted to Barry Jennings, in the hopes that the truth about his death or disappearance will finally come to light. Jennings was a New York Housing Authority emergency coordinator who,... Continue Reading →

Hocus Pocus, All of It’s Bogus…

A must-read article on the myth of homeopathy, by the Guardian's Ben Goldacre: "A Kind of Magic?"

Nexus Schmexus

I don't think Nexus magazine is intended to be entertaining, but that's just what it is. Only Mad makes me laugh harder. It's a breathtakingly dumb repository of debunked hoaxes, quacky cures, "alternative energy solutions", and completely crackpot conspiracy theories. It still promotes Erich von Daniken's Gold of the Gods (though von Daniken himself admitted... Continue Reading →

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