FTC Finally Cracking Down on Homeopathic Marketing Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it will now hold OTC homeopathic drugs to the same marketing standards as science-based medicine, meaning they will have to meet a higher standard for efficacy and safety in their advertising. … [Read more...]

Shocker: Miss Cleo’s ‘Psychics’ Were Fakes

From the Department of the Least Surprising News Ever, a former "psychic" for the Miss Cleo "psychic" network has an op-ed in the New York Times admitting that it was all a big con job. I frankly have a difficult time feeling sorry for those who fall for such frauds. … [Read more...]

Modern Conservatism and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Dr. Amy Tuteur writes about the Dunning-Kruger effect, which I imagine most of my readers know is the phenomenon where those who know the least about a subject often feel incredible confidence in their understanding of it, even over above actual experts in the field. … [Read more...]

‘Spiritual Healer’ Robs Stupid People

In Tyler, Texas, police are looking for a "spiritual healer" who robbed several people in town with a scam so ridiculous that it's difficult to feel any sympathy for the victims. Did these people never watch Scooby Doo growing up? … [Read more...]

Alex Jones’ Supplement Scams

Like many other right-wingers, Alex Jones makes a lot of money selling health care scams to his credulous followers. And he knows exactly what buttons to push to get them to buy them. The government doesn't want you to know this! Get it before it's banned! … [Read more...]

Why Pharmacies Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Scams

If you walk into any pharmacy in the country you will see shelf after shelf, sometimes row after row, of "supplements" for which there is zero evidence of their effectiveness in improving our health, and sometimes positive evidence against it. Steven Novelly says this needs to stop. … [Read more...]

Meet RNC Speaker Michelle Van Etten

Donald Trump wanted to present a "winner's night" of wildly successful people at the Republican National Convention and one of them is a virtual unknown named Michelle Van Etten. The Daily Beast profiles her. Turns out she's Alex Jones' favorite medical supplement scam salesperson. … [Read more...]

Tony Robbins Attendees Get Ripped Off, Burn Feet

As if I needed another reason to despise Tony Robbins and the steady stream of happy crappy bullshit he feeds to people for large amounts of money, dozens of people who paid big money to attend one of his weekend retreats got serious burns from walking on hot coals. … [Read more...]

More on Trump’s Obvious University Scam

CNN has a story about Trump University, the blatantly obvious scam that Donald Trump is currently being sued for. The looked at depositions in the case from just a few months ago and compare them to the claims for the school and the con is as clear as it could possibly be. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Multilevel Marketing Vitamin Scam

Donald Trump's approach to business seems to be a bit scattershot -- just put your name on anything and everything and once in a while, you'll make money. Did you know he had a multilevel marketing scam involving vitamins? I'm sure you'll be shocked to find out that the vitamins were useless. … [Read more...]

Rafael Cruz Worked for Scam Company that Carson Promoted

Remember Mannatech, the fraudulent supplement company that Ben Carson was paid lots of money to promote? Turns out that Rafael Cruz was a salesman and consultant for that very company as well. There's a lawsuit going over it which claims that Cruz helped the company skirt laws in Mexico to sell their products. … [Read more...]

Peter Popoff Exposed by a Former Employee

When James Randi went on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and exposed "faith healer" Peter Popoff as a fraud in 1986, that was really my first introduction to organized skepticism. But Popoff returned in the 90s and found another willing batch of suckers. A former employee has now revealed what she saw on the inside. … [Read more...]