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You Don’t Need to Worry About Aluminum in Your Deodorant You Don’t Need to Worry About Aluminum in Your Deodorant

There’s a whole market for aluminum-free deodorants. They’re marketed as natural or primal or somehow vaguely better for you. But hold up a sec: why are you avoiding aluminum, which (unlike those natural deodorants) can actually stop you from sweating? It’s fine.

80 Percent of Health Advice on ‘The Doctors’ Is Unproven 80 Percent of Health Advice on ‘The Doctors’ Is Unproven

When the doctors on The Doctors recommend a certain treatment or diet or supplement, you figure there’s probably some truth to their recommendation, right? But a survey of their advice, along with the Dr. Oz Show’s, finds that most of it is probably not worth heeding.

Facebook Makes You Sad, So Try Using It Less Facebook Makes You Sad, So Try Using It Less

Welcome to a special edition of Bullshit Resistance School. Today’s lesson is inspired by a post from Facebook acknowledging that Facebook is bad for your mental health. In conclusion, they want you to use more Facebook. Wait, what?

How to Teach Your Kids to Spot Fake News How to Teach Your Kids to Spot Fake News

How to teach kids to spot fake news? First: Teach everyone to spot fake news. When I was a child, my parents had access to only a few news sources: our local paper, the big-city dailies (for us, the Washington Post and the New York Times) and the nightly news. Kids today have ... the entire internet, with every…

If It Has No Side Effects, It Probably Doesn’t Work If It Has No Side Effects, It Probably Doesn’t Work

If a drug or supplement or treatment actually works, it will carry risks as well as benefits. That’s why FDA-approved drugs carry inserts listing their side effects, for example. But sketchy wellness treatments rarely have any such thing.

Why Scientists Seem Like They’re Always Changing Their Minds Why Scientists Seem Like They’re Always Changing Their Minds

Is coffee good or bad for us this week? Butter is still okay, right? Are we in a “diet coke will kill you” or a “diet coke is fine” cycle? It can be hard to keep track. But headlines don’t tell the full story. Behind the scenes, scientists aren’t constantly disagreeing and flip-flopping.

How to Deal With All the Bullshit on Social Media How to Deal With All the Bullshit on Social Media

Social media is a firehose of bullshit, because it’s a firehose of everything. Essential oils cure all diseases! Sharks are swimming on Houston’s freeways! Okay, not really. Here’s why we see so much garbage on social media and what to do about it.

Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Friends' Health Advice Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Friends' Health Advice

There’s a lot of bad advice, bad science, and bad logic out there—and I’m sorry to report that some of it is probably coming from people you trust. Sharpen your pencils and take a seat—Bullshit​ Resistance​ ​School​ ​is in​ ​session.

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