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  • Snake Oil

    Getcher Nucleic Acids, Cheap

    Via Nathaniel Comfort on Twitter, I note that the health-food people are still selling “DNA supplements”. I remember seeing these in a vitamin store some years ago, and wrinkling my brow as I thought about the implications. Does your food have enough DNA in it? Actually, these pills turn out to be 100mg of RNA… Read More
  • Current Events

    Jailhouse Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know About!

    As I had hoped last year, scam artist Kevin Trudeau is indeed heading off for a ten-year sentence. I have searched, without success, for a photo of him wearing an orange jumpsuit and being bundled into a windowless prison van, but we’ll just have to use our imaginations for that. Not to worry – a… Read More
  • Autism

    More Vaccine Fearmongering

    Seth Mnookin’s The Panic Virus is an excellent overview of the vaccine/autism arguments that raged for many years (and rage still in the heads of the ignorant – sorry, it’s gotten to the point where there’s no reason to spare anyone’s feelings about this issue). Now in this post at PLOS Blogs, he’s alerting peopl… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Kevin Trudeau Goes to Jail, At Long Last

    Good news is always welcome. And I can report today that longtime infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau has been jailed on criminal contempt charges, and has another judge breathing down his neck and ordering him to pay $38 million dollars in restitution. This will put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. Read More
  • Snake Oil

    The Herbal Supplement Industry Is Not A Very Funny Joke

    The regulatory system we have in the US for selling herbal supplements is screwed up. I’ve thought so for many years, and we’re not the only country that fits that description, either. The system is screwed up in so many important ways that it’s hard to know where to start, but how about back at… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    On Conspiratorial Thinking

    I recently had a e-mail exchange with someone who wanted me to read one of the many books out there that claims that some particular food additive is poisoning everyone. I’m not linking to the stuff, so I’ll call the book’s author Dr. Cassandra, for short. We argued about data and mechanisms a bit, but… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    One Conspiracy After Another

    Here’s a cartoon by someone who’s been down the “Who are these people on the internet who think they know chemistry?” path. Many of you will be able to relate! Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Eight Toxic Foods: The Aftermath

    Well, as you can see from the graphic, my blast against the “Eight Toxic Foods” stuff picked up a lot of attention over the weekend, which I’m glad to see. A lot of this came from it being handed around Facebook, but Fark, Reddit, Popular Science’s website and others all brought in plenty of traffic… Read More
  • Current Events

    Eight Toxic Foods: A Little Chemical Education

    Update: You’ll notice in this post that I refer to some sites that the original BuzzFeed article I’m complaining out sends people to, often pointing out that these didn’t actually support the wilder claims it’s making. Well, the folks at BuzzFeed have dealt with this by taking down the links (!) The article now says: Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Nativis Returns

    Well, since it’s Friday, I thought I’d quickly revisit one of the favorite companies I’ve written about here: Nativis. You’ll recall that this is the outfit that claimed “photonic signatures” of drugs were as effective as the physical molecules themselves. My comments (and those of the readership here) led to som… Read More