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 …

Walmart And Homeopathic Medicines
Jun 4, 2019 · 1 

NPR’s Scott Simon asks Nicholas Little of the Center for Inquiry about suing Walmart for the way it markets homeopathic medicines. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Walmart is being sued over what are called homeopathic medicines, not for selling them but for how they’re sold. The Center for Inquiry has filed a lawsuit against Walmart for consumer …

Exclusive: Watchdog group sues Walmart for selling “nonsense” homeopathic remedies
May 22, 2019

By Rina Raphael Walmart is being sued for selling questionable alternative remedies. The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that “pseudoscience is prevented from harming society,” filed a complaint Monday on behalf of residents in Washington, D.C., against the giant retailer. The organization claims the superstore deliberately “creates a false and misleading …

Jack Dorsey Is Gwyneth Paltrow for Silicon Valley
May 3, 2019

By Nellie Bowles Young men are staggering around, hungry for days. They are throwing themselves into ice baths and cryotherapy pods. There are not enough beds at the silent vegan meditation centers to accommodate them. They need more near-infrared bulbs. They are the followers of Jack Dorsey, Silicon Valley’s answer to the mega-influencer Gwyneth Paltrow. …

“Doctor” Accused of Killing Patients Promoting Dangerous Autism “Cure” on Facebook
Apr 26, 2019

By Katie Joy A British woman on the run from law enforcement is promoting an unregulated blood product as a cure for autism on Facebook. Amanda Mary Jewell promises parents of autistic children that a product called GcMAF will cure autism by improving their immune system. However, Jewell is not a doctor and the product …

Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers
Apr 9, 2019

By Kyle Mizokami An article in an official army periodical is being ridiculed for claiming that the Russian military has psychic abilities and has used them in wartime. The article makes big claims but outside Russian critics claim it’s all nonsense and that the article should never have appeared in a Russian military publication. The …

Uri Geller: I Will “Telepathically” Stop Brexit by Sending Energy to Theresa May
Mar 25, 2019 · 5 

By Hemant Mehta Self-proclaimed paranormalist Uri Geller, the famously debunked “psychic” who “predicted” Donald Trump‘s 2016 victory because he has 11 letters in his name, has found a new way to get attention. He says he will “telepathically” stop British Prime Minister Theresa May from following through with Brexit. He plans to transmit his psychic energy into May’s brain at the “very mystical time” of …

Inside the Secret Sting Operations to Expose Celebrity Psychics
Feb 26, 2019

By Jack Hitt When you’re setting up fake Facebook pages, it’s the little details that can mess things up. On a group computer call last winter, Susan Gerbic was going through her checklist of tips for her team’s latest sting operation — this one focused on infiltrating the audience of a psychic. It all started …

Truth detectives: the know-it-all skeptics railing against fakery
Jan 29, 2019

By Alex Moshakis One rainy Saturday morning in October, several hundred people gathered at a Manchester hotel for QED, the UK’s largest convention of science and skepticism (they prefer the American spelling). Pitched towards rationalists, the event is an opportunity to hear popular science communicators discuss the issues that concern skeptics the most: the rising tide …