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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    The Name of a Cure

    Here’s an excellent article at Slate on “natural” medicines versus pharmaceuticals. You won’t see too many mainstream articles that suddenly break out into chemical structures, but this one does, and to excellent effect. Read More
  • Snake Oil


    One more on quackery, and then back to science. You may have seen this story, which broke in Sports Illustrated, on a strange little outfit that called themselves Sports With Alternatives To Steroids, or S.W.A.T.S. They seem to have had a long list of professional and college athlete customers looking for some sort of (legal) Read More
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    Dr. Oz’s Problem

    Red palm oil. Green coffee beans. Raspberry ketone. Some of you are wondering what the heck I’m making for dinner, but some of you will recognize the common characteristic: all of these have been promoted by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the most famous physician in the country. I’m prompted to write about him by this New… Read More
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    Honking, Squawking Chemical Ignorance

    If you would like to see one of the most idiotic, cloth-headed attempted “explanations” of a chemical structure ever, take yourself to this wonder-rejuvenating-skin-treatment site. And learn what can be accomplished if you take the time, and the effort, to draw the structure of phenol the right way. I am not responsible if you hurt… Read More
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    Luc Montagnier Is Not Losing It. Luc Montagnier Has Lost It.

    I don’t see any alternative. My question from last year is answered, as I’d feared. Word comes of an autism conference featuring the likes of Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield, which should be all any well-informed person needs to hear. And Luc Monagnier is there, too. Not content with teleporting DNA molecules and defending homeopath… Read More