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Posts tagged with "Snake Oil"

  • Regulatory Affairs

    More Supplement Than You Bargained For

    Here’s an article right across the way here at Science on the contamination problems with dietary supplements. This industry, though, is set up perfectly for this kind of trouble under US law (see below), and it happens constantly. (The law also throws the doors wide open for scam artists of every kind, and we get them by… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    A Brain Apparently Made of Grain

    I truly enjoyed this look at Dr. Robert David Perlmutter of “Grain Brain” fame, another branch of the same intellectual family tree as Drs. Mercola and Oz. Wonderful cures! Suppressed by evil forces! Under our noses all along! Exactly the opposite of the wonderful cures claimed by the same guy in the 1990s. . .uh… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Amazing Deals Just For You. And You. You, Too.

    Ah, the dietary supplement industry. Where faked-up ads blatantly rip off every big media organization you can name, and claim that all sorts of billionaires and celebrities take the wonder pills. But they’ve never heard of the stuff. And all sorts of writers and reporters get their names added to the fakery, but they’ve never… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Dr. Oz Under Fire

    You’ll have heard that a group of physicians has written a public letter to Columbia University asking why Dr. Oz is still on the faculty there. Here’s the text, and it includes some heartwarming stuff: . . .We are surprised and dismayed that Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons would permit Dr. Mehmet Oz… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Dealing With Cranks

    Here’s a good article at Vox about what to do with idiots like the Food Babe and Dr. Oz. (OK, perhaps he just plays an idiot on TV, but by this point you have to wonder). Like any scientist with any sort of public platform, I’ve wondered about this, too. Bash them over the head… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Alkaline Lemons. Not a Misprint.

    Here, folks, is someone to explain to you that “lemon water is very alkaline” (a direct quote), and that cayenne pepper has been “proven to boost your metabolism”, and that “an acidic body promotes disease” and. . .oh the hell with it, I can’t keep reading that crap. It’s the Food Babe, of course, pro… Read More
  • Analytical Chemistry

    More Herbal Goodness

    As many will have heard, the New York State Attorney General’s office is going after a number of herbal supplement retailers for selling products with poor quality controls. A range of supplements (including echinacea, garlic, gingko, and saw palmetto) were purchased, and analyzed by the “DNA barcode” technique at Clarkson U. The… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Rogue Biologics Production (And Bonus Ignorance)

    You don’t expect to find unlicensed biologic drug-packaging operations in an English warehouse, but that’s just what the government’s MHRA uncovered recently. There has been a boom in unlicensed sales of the the blood factor gcMAF, which is being touted as a cancer cure, HIV cure, pretty much good for what ails you. And these… Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Inside the Dr. Oz PR Machine

    I mentioned last fall that the Federal Trade Commission had gone after an egregiously faked-up “study” that was being used to sell green coffee bean extract as some sort of miracle weight-loss drug on the Dr. Oz show. The agency has now gone after “Dr.” Lindsey Duncan, the guest who was pushing the stuff. Update: Read More
  • Snake Oil

    Mountebanks, Con Men, and Heretics

    Here’s a good article on Scientific Crackpottery, from someone who got to experience it first-hand. The author distinguishes three classes that might be confused with each other. First are the mountebanks, who play to the general public, and who, he’s convinced, know deep inside that they’re fooling their audience, and enjoy it. H… Read More