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...]

A ‘Naturopath’ Tortures Her Children

Dave Gorski recounts the details of an absolutely horrifying thing that happened right here in my hometown of Grand Rapids. A "Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor" (read: licensed practitioner of throwing salt over my shoulder) named Heather Dexter refused to take her three children in for treatment for pertussis, after also refusing to have them vaccinated to prevent them from getting it in the first place. The torment her children went through, in her own words: … [Read more...]

Stupid Atheist Memes, Part…I Don’t Remember

This edition of Stupid Atheist Memes is kind of mixed, actually. The meme does make a very good point about prayer and how confirmation bias leads believers to consider absolutely any outcome as a successful test of its efficacy. But then it goes and ruins it in the last line by pretending that confirmation bias is an indicator of a "cult mentality" rather than of routine human thought processes. … [Read more...]

No, Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason

Tim Lawrence writes at some length about what I consider one of the most irritating phrases in the English language: "Everything happens for a reason." My response to hearing someone say that ranges from eye rolling to rage, depending on what they're talking about. Lawrence takes his opposition to this platitude a lot further than I would, saying that you should remove those who say it from your life: … [Read more...]

‘Witches’ Gather to Cast Spells on Donald Trump

A group of "witches" offended by Donald Trump's anti-immigrant racism and xenophobia has decided that the best way to fight against him and keep him from becoming president is to cast spells and put curses on him. They've even cast a spell that would, they say, destroy his ridiculous combover. … [Read more...]

Rod Parsley’s Prosperity Gospel and Faith Healing Nonsense

About 20 years ago, I first encountered Rod Parsley on one of the half dozen Christian TV networks on my cable. He's a standard issue prosperity gospel-preaching and faith-healing con artist, but he's particularly charismatic and incredibly good at keeping his audience enraptured as he spews the dumbest things imaginable. Here's video of him claiming that a woman's baby was healed of brain tumors because she gave him money: … [Read more...]