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Bras do not cause breast cancer. End of discussion. Really.

I have written on this subject before because it’s a myth that just won’t go away. Some of this is perpetuated by the authors of the book Dressed to kill: The link between breast cancer and bras and by people like Joe Mercola. The post I recently wrote on this subject was trolled by one of the … Continue reading

Emu oil, schmaltz is the new cure for everything!

Emu oil is making the rounds (again) as a cure for just about everything. Those who sell it bolster their claims with technical sounding but medically imprecise terms such as “anti-inflammatory properties” and “natural healing” (what is unnatural healing?). Even the New York Times has been in on the emu oil action with an article … Continue reading

9 Diagnostic Signs of Snake Oil

Your bra is not killing you

The myth that bras cause breast cancer is apparently coming ‘round the barn again. The latest scare-you-out-of-your-brassiere “article” claims there are “five research studies” that show a strong correlation between bra wearing and breast cancer. Well, that certainly sounds all scientific. Why the bra hullaballoo? A couple of anthropologists wrote a whole book about their incorrect … Continue reading

Jenny McCarthy is still anti-vaccine despite what you may have learned today on Reddit

Yesterday the “news” was Jenny McCarthy had abandoned her medical degree from the University of Google, embraced science, and stated some version of vaccines are helpful and that her son never really had autism. My twitter steam was broiling with people retweeting an article from Radar Online making this claim (the link is now dead), … Continue reading

The only thing that a cleanse actually cleans is your wallet

From time to time I get asked about cleanses. What is typically meant by a “cleanse” is only drinking a juice concoction for several days. Some cleanses add things like cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, or other supposedly “healthy” substances. The most common reasons to “cleanse” that I hear from people who drink these things include: … Continue reading

Vaccines and Jenny McCarthy: the Oprah mea culpa interview doctors want to see

I am sure Oprah had spectacular ratings for her Lance Armstrong interview and so, in the spirit of truth-telling, I have another mea culpa show for Ms. Winfrey to consider: vaccine safety. Until Jenny McCarthy got major air time the link between vaccines and autism was relatively fringe. But with Oprah in September of 2007 McCarthy, … Continue reading

Deal or steal? Groupon for laser therapy treatment of toenail fungus

Groupon was recently offering laser treatment of toenail fungal infections for $199. Is this a deal (in some clinics treatment can be $600 to $1000) or stealing your money for a therapy unlikely to work? Fungal infection of the toenail (onychomycosis) is a difficult to treat condition. The infection causes discolored, bumpy, ugly toe nails … Continue reading

What I learned from my readers in 2011, why bad sex is like turkey bacon, and sharing is caring

In 2011 over 140,000 people viewed my bog. Pretty cool. A lot of people found me via reddit, stumbleupon, twitter, and Facebook. Thank you to everyone who posted and reposted. I am thrilled to think that anything I wrote was interesting/entertaining/informative enough to pass along. People also came via searches. The most popular search terms … Continue reading

10 red flags to identify crappy on-line health content

Looking up medical information is the 3rd most common on-line activity. While there are good sites with great information that can help people be empowered about their health, there are also tons of terrible sites marred by bias and rife with the stench of snake oil. Sometimes you have to read an entire article to … Continue reading

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