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Garlic, the fragrant panacea

Garlic supplements are claimed to treat and cure nearly every disease. What does the evidence say?

/ June 9, 2022

Big Success for Anti-obesity Drug

Will an expensive, new, injectable, untested medication help people lose weight? Maybe! But right now, we don't know if it's safety and efficacy profiles make it worth the price.

/ May 24, 2022

FTC targets physicians’ COVID claims with cease-and-desist letters

The FTC recently announced it had issued 20 more cease-and-desist demands to physicians and others claiming their products and services prevent or treat COVID-19 without sufficient scientific backing. Unfortunately, this has not stopped many of the targets from making other bogus health claims.

/ February 24, 2022

Eat for Life: Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Diet

Joel Fuhrman thinks his Nutritarian diet will increase longevity and prevent or treat most chronic diseases. He claims it is based on science, but his evidence is far from convincing.

/ January 4, 2022

Poor Science Reporting and Premature Enthusiasm

Press releases often outpace the data. Here are some examples of over-enthusiastic reporting on extremely preliminary research.

/ December 21, 2021

NAD Therapy

NAD therapy is touted as a cure-all for addiction and several chronic diseases. Evidence supporting these claims is lacking.

/ December 9, 2021

The PULS test and COVID-19 vaccinations

No, nobody has proven that the COVID vaccine series increases your risk of heart attack. Here's why.

/ December 7, 2021

Deadly Alkaline Water Case Highlights Problems with Bottled Water Regulations

Bottled water can be convenient, and sometimes necessary, but it is unfortunately not always as safe as it should be. A recent case of toxic alkaline water hospitalizing several people, and killing one woman, shines a spotlight on problems with regulation of the industry.

/ September 3, 2021
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NCCIH Strategic Plan 2021⁠–⁠2025: Meet the new plan, same as the old plan…?

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health recently released its latest 5 year strategic plan. It's basically the same as the last strategic plan, but with one new addition. It's not really a new addition, but it signals a resurrection of an old trope about "integrating" quackery with science-based medicine.

/ June 28, 2021

“COVID-19 vaccines are going to sterilize our womenfolk,” Take 2

Antivaxxers have long claimed that vaccines, particularly HPV vaccines, can damage the ovaries and cause female infertility. That claim has been resurrected for COVID-19 vaccines. The first example relied on a dubious "similarity" between the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and a placental protein. This time, it's the lipid nanoparticles attacking the ovaries, echoing very old claims about polysorbate-80. Truly, everything old is new...

/ June 7, 2021