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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.