Logical Fallacies

I can’t take credit for this resource – Yoni Freedhoff from the Weighty Matters blog posted a link to it a short while back, in reference to a previous discussion he had about Girl Guide cookies. Yoni had “suggested that the charitable sale of trans-fat laden, sugary cookies is a practice that in this day and age can no longer be considered charitable and instead is part of our growing dietary woes.” What...

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1 Simple Food to Lower Your Blood Pressure!

You have probably received emails with a subject line like the one above, am I right? If you’ve opened and read it – or a similar one offering a simple and effective cure to any number of common or deadly maladies – you’ll know they all follow a similar pattern… 1) There are simple foods or supplements that can completely eliminate the need for pharmaceutical drugs. And… 2) The pharmaceutical...

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What’s Dr. Oz Smoking?

I’ve ranted and raved on more than one occasional about Dr. Oz and his breathless endorsements of weight loss supplements that have no business being endorsed. But no matter; regardless or whether or not such supplements are supported by an ounce of clinical data or not – and it’s usually the latter – anything that gets dropped from Oz’s lips is an instant best seller. And despite the fact that nothing...

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In the Weight Loss Supplement World, “Doctor Recommended” Means Sweet FA!

In my publication “Dirty, Rotten Tricks! Supplement Company Lies That Cost You Money!“, I talk about the “doctor recommended” scam. Essentially, the word of a medical doctor holds a lot of sway with the general public, so supplement manufacturers and retailers will often do whatever they can to be able to claim that their product is “doctor recommended.” What they do to make this appear to be the...

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What was the Biggest Supplement Scam of 2013? “Detox” and Detoxing…

To celebrate the New Year, I decided to spend a little time thinking about the past 12 months, and specifically, the biggest supplement scam that has been “pulled” on the unsuspecting public. I didn’t have to think very long. In my opinion, it’s without a doubt the continued and rapid growth of “detox” or detoxifying products that claim to cleanse, purge, flush out, or otherwise eliminate...

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Sh*t That Drives Me Crazy! (Good-Bye Critical Thinking)

If there’s one thing that drives me nearly batsh*t crazy, it’s that so often, critical thinking skills seemed to be washed away into the gutter as soon as the topic of “Big Pharma” comes up. There’s a sudden, knee-jerk, conspiracy theory spasm that seems to paralyze some people’s brains. For instance… Advocates of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) regularly cite “Big...

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