Here’s an Excellent Question to Ask People Who Are “Cleansing” or “Detoxing”

Sabrina Tavernise, writing for the New York Times, shines a spotlight on the very Paltrowy practice of juice cleansing.

One of her interviewees is Dr. James H. Grendell, the chief of the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York. When he has a patient who’s been detoxing, he asks a very simple question.


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Why Do Self-Described Skeptics Sometimes Believe in Pseudoscience and Conspiracy Theories?

If you, like me, are obsessed with Survivor, then you’re no doubt a fan of Yau-Man Chan. He appeared on two seasons of the show, where he was a fan favorite.

Chan also happens to be an atheist. In a talk for the Atheist Community of San Jose, Chan spoke about the weird fact that even self-proclaimed skeptics can end up believing in all sorts of pseudoscience and conspiracy theories.


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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Latest Pseudoscientific Beauty Tip: Get Stung by Bees to Be Beautiful!

It’s probably fair to say that you shouldn’t take health advice from someone who advocates hormone-balancing vagina steam-cleanings. Or tips from someone who advertises the effectiveness of skincare products that have been meditated over and chanted to.

Still, Goop founder and actress Gwyneth Paltrow — who has advocated both — was asked to share her beauty tips in the New York Times. It went about as well as you’d expect.

Discussing how she’s “the guinea pig to try everything,” Paltrow threw out yet another unusual remedy:


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Naturopaths Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Treat Children

After the death of a toddler due to negligent parents who offered him naturopathic remedies when he needed serious medical help, health-policy experts in Alberta are wondering whether alternative medicine practitioners should be prevented from treating children.

(Spoiler: Absolutely.)

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There’s Finally Someone with Less Credibility Than a Self-Proclaimed Psychic

I didn’t know “Christian psychics” were a thing… until I saw this:


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