No, Vitamin C won’t cure your cold
Oct 3, 2019

By Madeline Marshall Many people reach straight for the orange juice when they start to get a cold. Or pick up a Vitamin C supplement that claims to boost your immune system. But studies have shown that Vitamin C can’t actually cure your cold. At most, taking 1,000 mg of Vitamin C regularly could reduce …

Richard Dawkins: How we can outgrow God and religion
Sep 27, 2019 · 1 

By Graham Lawton Few scientists have acquired such a high public profile as Richard Dawkins – and maintained it amid such controversy. His first book The Selfish Gene, published in 1976, launched him to fame as a populariser of evolutionary biology. Eight books and 30 years later, he wrote The God Delusion, which reinvented him as …

The False Promise of Fish Oil Supplements
Aug 29, 2019

By R. Preston Mason Every 38 seconds, someone in the U.S. dies from cardiovascular disease. Even more worrisome: deaths from cardiovascular disease have been rising dramatically since 2011 following years of decline. Strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular events cause great suffering and are an enormous health care burden. These statistics are particularly troubling because each month, approximately 19 …

Homeopathic treatment claims to ‘cure’ autism in NZ
Aug 19, 2019

By Farah Hancock A homeopathic treatment regime invented to ‘cure’ autism is in use in New Zealand. Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression, or CEASE therapy as it is known, has drawn international condemnation and the United Kingdom advertising watchdog is now cracking down on false claims made by hundreds of homeopaths offering the treatment. …

Drinking bleach will not cure cancer or autism, FDA warns
Aug 14, 2019 · 1 

By Tim Stelloh and Brandy Zadrozny Federal regulators issued a warning Monday urging people not to drink a chlorine dioxide solution that is often promoted online as a remedy for autism, HIV/AIDS, cancer and other conditions. The products — known as Miracle Mineral Solution, MMS and Chlorine Dioxide Protocol among other monikers — have not been approved …

Video Game Violence
Aug 6, 2019

By Steven Novella Recent mass shootings have once again fueled discussion about the role of video game violence (VGV) and aggressive behavior. This is an enduring controversy, which is a real scientific controversy (not just a political one) because the research is highly complex. Part of that complexity is that there is just one question, …

Confessions of a Former Anti-Vaxxer
Jul 18, 2019

By Gwenna Laithland I knew going into my first marriage that the man I was about to call my husband had absolutely zero interest in having children. I wasn’t outright opposed to kids, but it was still a faraway idea. I was just 22 years old; I had a lot of living left to do. …

50 years after Apollo, conspiracy theorists are still howling at the ‘moon hoax’
Jul 17, 2019

By Joel Achenbach The moon is having a star turn. This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and the Trump administration has ordered NASA to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024. None of this, however, will probably change the minds of people who live in a parallel belief universe where …

10 Findings That Contradict Medical Wisdom. Doctors, Take Note.
Jul 15, 2019

By Gina Kolata You might assume that standard medical advice was supported by mounds of scientific research. But researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine practices were flatly contradicted by studies published in leading journals. Of more than 3,000 studies published from 2003 through 2017 in JAMA and the Lancet, and from 2011 through 2017 in the New …

They turn to Facebook and YouTube to find a cure for cancer — and get sucked into a world of bogus medicine
Jun 27, 2019

By Abby Ohlheiser Mari pressed kale leaves through the juicer, preparing the smoothie that she believed had saved her life. “I’m a cancer-killer, girl,” Mari told her niece, who stood next to her in the kitchen. The pair were filming themselves for a YouTube video. Mari said she was in remission from a dangerous form …

The Magic of Dowsing Keeps Holding On
Jun 26, 2019 · 1 

By Sasha von Oldershausen Before Jeff Boyd became the city of Marfa’s public-works director, he had a long career underwater. As a commercial saturation diver, one of the most specialized kinds of divers around, he would spend his days some 400 feet below the surface, breathing a mixture of helium and oxygen, for month-long stretches. …

Supplements for Brain Health Don’t Work, According to Neurologist
Jun 21, 2019

By Steven DeKosky Americans and others around the world have turned increasingly to dietary supplements in order to maintain or preserve their brain health. A recent study found that a quarter of adults over 50 take a supplement for brain-related health. But that same study, done by experts convened by the AARP, suggests that seniors should spend …