Food and Cancer: Where Does Our Collective Fascination Come From?

As you may know if you are a regular reader of this blog, phony connections between food and various types of cancer (or cures for cancer). Over the past few months, we have been looking at turmeric, tomatoes, coffee and a bunch of other exciting ingredients that do not, in fact, cause or cure cancer … Read more

How to recognize and stop your need for magic: the cautionary tale of vaccines and autism

The recent KatVonD scandal has the online beauty and life-style community all worked up about a subject it usually stirs clear of: vaccination and its supposed link to autism. A quick recap for those who have no interest in make up blogs and gossip magazines: Kat Von D is a very famous make up artist … Read more

SafeMinds: When Science Doesn’t Behave

As a scientist who spends a lot of her time engaging with public policy and the media, the anti-vaccination (anti-vax for short) is one of the few things that manages to exasperate me on a semi-daily basis. The main reason I have not covered much of its proceedings on this blog is simply because I … Read more

The FDA Fights Back Against Homeopathy

As of December 2018, the FDA has proposed a new, risk-based enforcement approach to homeopathic drug products that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients. This represents a welcome first step in attempting to regulate so-called “alternative medicine”, which has, as mentioned several times in this and in other related platforms, the potential to … Read more