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Posts tagged with "Snake Oil"

  • Snake Oil

    Education Versus Nonsense

    I’ve written here several times about what an education in science can do for a person, and what it can’t do. This is part of a broader topic of expertise and whose opinion is worth listening to, subset “experts in science”. But that’s a big subset, since (1) scientific topics can be quite important and… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Regrets of a Naturopath

    I enjoyed this article at Stat, about former naturopath Britt Hermes. She graduated from a well-known program in the field and was in practice for several years before it began to dawn on her that (1) she didn’t really know that much about medicine and human disease, and (2) naturopathy was often a load of… Read More
  • Aging and Lifespan

    Isotopes, Get Your Revivifying Isotopes

    Here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor – at least, the ground floor of a pitch you probably haven’t heard before. The chemists and biologists in the crowd will be familiar with how isotopic enrichment takes place in biological systems. Bonds between heavier atoms are slightly harder to break, making the rate constants… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Oh, Biohacking

    I wrote here about the first company that the big VC firm Andreessen Horowitz has launched in the biopharma space, Nootrobox. They’re selling nutraceuticals to make you “smarter” and “faster” – so how are things going over there? The San Jose Mercury News has an update (forgot to add the link, sorry!), in the co… Read More
  • Chemical News

    Manure Is Organic, Let’s Not Forget

    Chemjobber put me on to this lawsuit filing, which is brought by the Organic Consumer’s Association versus The Honest Company. To decode all these, the OCA is an advocacy group (one of the most aggressive) for organic farming, and gets its funding both from its members and from the organic farming industry. You can pretty much fill… Read More
  • Aging and Lifespan

    Subtle Changes Can Be Yours, for Fifty Dollars a Month

    Several people have sent me a link to Elysium Health, and I can’t say that it’s improved my morning. This is a supplement company founded by (among others) Leonard Guarente of MIT, who is of course well-known for his work in the study of longevity and aging. The company advertises a large and impressive board of… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Help Yourself to Some Hydrogen

    I get sent links to some pretty egregious snake oil pitches, and the constant flow of them is always a source of (rueful) amazement. You can be amazed at how many different come-ons there are, and by how some of them just keep coming back around, again and again. The “amazing wonder water” pitch usually… Read More
  • Cancer

    Snake Oil You Shall Always Have With You

    According to this article, Stanslaw Burzynski is again in legal trouble because of his “cancer clinic”. I last wrote about him a few years ago, but never fear, he’s been extracting money from desperate patients the whole time. Here’s a detailed look at what he’s been up to, and it isn’t pretty. As this new… Read More
  • Biological News

    The Sad State of Human Dietary Research

    I wanted to highlight this post at Five Thirty Eight, because it makes an important point about something that chemists, biologists, and MDs get to hear a lot about: nutritional science. Headlines have been produced for decades about how you should eat this superfood, and avoid that toxic one, and how this berry will protect… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Sounding Like Deepak Chopra

    This paper has gotten a good amount of attention lately, as one might expect. It’s a social-science study, designed to try to understand the traits of people who are (more) susceptible to impressive-sounding empty phrases, but it wouldn’t have gotten as much notice if it hadn’t been titled “On the Reception and Detection of… Read More