Many bogus products are being marketed for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Some of them are harmless, but some aren’t. All are a waste of money.
The trailer for the series refers to exorcisms, psychedelics, psychic healing and energy healing.
You’d be just as healthy — and retain more of your hard-earned money — if you drank plain tap water.
“We remain very concerned that countless clinics across the country continue to market violative stem cell products to patients that have not been appropriately evaluated for safety or efficacy,” said Dr. Peter Marks of the FDA.
The study and its findings are robust enough to offer a somewhat hopeful path forward for people who are trying to counter the damaging fallout of science denialism.
Mindfulness is being promoted as a panacea for almost everything, from reducing anxiety to improving memory to preventing chronic illnesses to solving racism.
“In several of the articles in which unproven therapies were being sought, there was no mention of the possibility of inefficacy or the experimental nature of the intervention,” the researchers said.
Health concerns about wind turbines stem from a decades-old misunderstanding about inaudible noise, or “infrasound,” writer Philip Jaekl points out.
As the researchers point out, a recent Harris Poll found that four in 10 Americans mistakenly believe alternative therapies can treat and cure cancer.
Researchers decided to investigate Goop’s claim that jade eggs were used in ancient China. They found no evidence for the claim.
These startling findings underscore the widespread lack of scientific literacy among Americans.
People who gave themselves higher ratings for common sense tended to believe in fewer of the myths.
Over the years, Oprah Winfrey has been a purveyor — through her many media platforms — of dubious medical advice.
The idea that “bioidentical hormones” are some kind of fountain of youth is “bioridiculous.”
Don’t let the group’s name fool you. The AAPS may sound like a respectable medical organization, but as Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer pointed out in 2009, it is anything but.
Most consumers are unaware that homeopathic products are not tested for safety or effectiveness before they appear on store shelves.
“Whatever condition you want to treat with cupping, I am sure I can find a much more effective therapy for it,” says Dr. Edzard Ernst.
The study is a perfect example of why correlation should not be confused with cause and effect.
An osteopath physician whom the British press refers to as Paltrow’s “New Age guru,” posted a fear-mongering article in the “health and wellness” section of her GOOP website.
Journalist John Bohannon not only got his bogus study published in a medical journal, he also got plenty of credulous media coverage.