This week,a ridiculous practice called "perineum sunning" (or "butthole sunning") went viral on social media and the news. It's so ridiculous a practice that I have to wonder if social media influencers made up for clicks.
Acupuncturists have been trying to explain why no anatomic structure corresponds to meridians. Enter the primo vascular system, which circulates electricity in DNA. Or stem cells. Or something.
The International Tribunal for Natural Justice has named antivaxer Del Bigtree and "pH Miracle Living" quack Robert O. Young as "Commissioners for the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Weaponisation of the Biosphere." What the heck is ITNJ, and why is it naming quacks to its Commission?
Meet Seqex. It's like a Scientology E-meter, only so much more unscientifically complicated, complete with over 2 million waveforms! That must mean it's better! Actually, Segex is based on decades old pseudoscience.
It's Friday, and, believe it or not, here's a bit of tasty woo I had never heard of before. It's from David Avocado Wolfe and it's an orb, the JING ORB, to be precise. Want to recharge your cells? Well, here you go!
How would you like a jacket with 7,000 miniature nontoxic plastic spikes lining it to stimulate those acupressure points? Have I got a jacket for you! Introducing...the Yogi Jacket! It's woo-tactic!
LifeDNA claims to use genetic testing to optimize a skin care and supplement regimen for you based on over...1,100 scientific studies! Let's just say that its claims are a lot less impressive when you look at them a little more closely.
Gwyneth Paltrow's goop is continuing to sell snake oil promoted as the "empowerment" of women. Yes, that even includes a psychic vampire repellent, reiki charged.
In the early days of this blog, I came up with a concept. That concept was based on the idea that on Friday I would try hard not to be so serious. On Fridays, I would seek out the finest woo in the world and aim a bit of my not-so-Respectful Insolence. Thus was born Your Friday Dose of Woo. It was a serious that I maintained close to religiously for nearly two years, before I started to feel the strain of having to com eup with something funny or quirky on every Friday. So gradually I let the series …
It’s been a long and entertaining week. Well, at least part of the week was entertaining. After all, it was hard not to be mightily amused at what happened when Dr. Mehmet Oz, known to the world as America’s Doctor but to skeptics as America’s Quack, asked his Twitter followers to ask him anything under the hashtag #OzsInBox. It was, to put it mildly, a train wreck, but to skeptics it was an enormously entertaining train wreck. It seems fitting to finish it off with yet another example that provides compelling evidence of just how quacky naturopathy is. Why? Because …