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Are the “Chiropractic Excellence” videos on youtube real? [on hold]

There is one very popular series of Chiropractic videos on youtube, that unlike all the others, claims to show major medical issues being resolved via adjustments. The most dramatic video is this ...
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Does placing an ice cube on your neck provide health benefits?

It has been suggested that placing an ice cube on your neck where your head and neck are connected (the Feng Fu point) once a day has several health benefits123. Supposedly the reason for this is ...
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Is CancerTutor.com reliable? [closed]

CancerTutor.com claims to be a website for "alternative" cancer treatments, denouncing standard treatments like chemotherapy or radiation. From the first glance, it seems like your typical quackery ...
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Is homeopathy ever used in official medicine? [closed]

English Wikipedia is pretty clear and uncompromising on the topic of homeopathy, as you can see below: Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann. [...] ...
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Does the “Lightning Process” successfully treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

My partner suffers from Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Sydrome. It is a condition that remains not particularly well understood, even to the point where there doesn't ...
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Can vinegar and essential oils repel ticks?

I just saw this facebook post claiming that vinegar and essential oils can repel ticks. In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so ...
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Can this Ayurvedic concoction reduce chances of swine flu?

The Indian Government is openly distributing an Ayurvedic Kadha ( concoction) that claims to reduce the chances of contracting Swine Flu. They're doing this along with the sale of vaccines for Swine ...
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Is it true that married people are happier and live longer? [duplicate]

From Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett, a quote attributed to Richard Layard states "Married people are healthier and live" which has a reference that points to "Layard, Happiness, p. 66." I ...
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Does John of God do any healing? [closed]

I recently saw this video. Some commenting people reports healing, but the surgery looks like random butchery. From what I read on skepdic there are explanations how this might work. But is there any ...
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What's the deal with applied kinesiology? [closed]

I'm 8 weeks into a leadership programme led by a man from an innovation leadership company based in Oslo, Norway. Recently the group was introduced to kinesiology. I watched a documentary series ...
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Do Arnica homeopathic tablets reduce bruising?

My wife recently gave birth and the taking of arnica homeopathic tablets seems to be widely recommended to help with bruising. We've seen it suggested online, several midwives have told her to take ...
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Does Bee Pollen reduce inflammation?

There are plenty of sites and people declaring the benefits of Bee Pollen. A few examples from this site specifically site that the benefits are caused because the pollen will reduce inflammation. ...
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Does Helminthic Therapy help in the treatment of Crohn's Disease?

I heard on the radio the other day about helminthic therapy for Crohn's Disease. Helminthic therapy, a type of immunotherapy, is the treatment of autoimmune diseases and immune disorders by means ...
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What happened to Jaco van der Westhuyzen's knee?

Reading in the South Africa newspapers about the awful church building collapse of the popular prophet T. B. Joshua in Nigeria lead me to the claims of Jaco van der Westhuyzen regarding T. B. Joshua's ...
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Is Turmeric better than prozac to treat depression?

We can find online several websites promoting phytotherapy, which claim that Turmeric (Curcuma) is as effective as Prozac for treating depression, and without its side effects, for example this one, ...
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Are regular tea bags effective in treating pink eye?

http://myculturedpalate.com/blog/2013/03/11/tea-bags-a-natural-remedy-for-pink-eye/ or http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/pinkeye.htm Chamomile is also used in folk ...
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Does beetroot cure cancer?

Googling the keywords "beetroot cancer cure" will come up with many articles claiming that beetroot may cure cancer. Beetroot is one of the many healthy RAW vegetables one should focus on according ...
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Does flushing the gallbladder have any positive effect on one's health?

Many websites propose cleansing the gallbladder (or the liver) in specific ways (frequently with fruit juice and oil) which they claim causes the gallbladder to expel cholesterol in the form of small ...
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Did Richard Nixon commission a study on the effects of THC and then have the results classified?

This was recently shared to my mother's Facebook page. She is currently battling an aggressive cancer that was brought on by Chemotherapy that she had to fight stage 4 breast cancer over 10 years ...
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Can acupuncture increase blood flow to a muscle?

So far, I've been exposed to acupuncture as a version of "traditional" medicine that included all sorts of woo about the flow of energy, and claims along the lines of "sticking a needle into this part ...
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Do Florida woods cockroaches (aka Palmetto bugs) commonly sell for ~US$80/kg in China?

According to this article on Yahoo news, citing a similar South China Morning Post article, Yuan Meixia bought her initial stock of 20kg of cockroaches for around US$1600: Yuan, a pharmacy ...
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Earth's distance from the sun affects nuclear medicine [closed]

Does the Earth's distance from the sun affect the efficacy of nuclear medicine?
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Does toothpaste get rid of cold sores?

My girlfriend has told me that the varieties of toothpaste that are actually paste and have some granularity to them (as opposed to gel varieties) get rid of cold sores if applied early in the sore's ...
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Does ginger help against the common cold?

My wife is treating all cold symptons in the family with a few spoons of freshly ground ginger juice mixed with honey. While I don't mind an occasional placebo, drinking ginger juice is unpleasant ...
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Can bentonite clay remove radiation from the human body?

According to sites like this, bentonite clay can absorb and remove radiation from the human body. Calcium Bentonite clay is the natural detoxing agent that can be used internally, externally ...
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Does eye exercises help improve your eyesight? [closed]

I asked the eye doctor if exercises will help my aging vision and he said basically that the benefits of eye exercise are inconclusive. I looked on Skeptics and found that this was discussed 3 years ...
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Low level laser therapy for pain

My dad just visited the chiropractor for leg pain. He was given this "laser" device that is supposed to relieve pain. I think the product is called B Laser (Low Level Laser Therapy). Right away I am ...
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Does regular self-induced vomiting provide any health benefit?

Yoga International provided an acquittance with a cleansing technique dubbed upper wash where the healthy subject is to voluntarily vomit in order to clean their body from toxins: ...
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Is optometry a pseudoscience?

I am aware that "behavioural optometry", the extension of optometry to cover a wide array of problems, is definitely a pseudoscience. However, is optometry itself entirely a pseudoscience? From what ...
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As seen in movies, is it medically sound to treat a bruise with raw meat?

I've seen in numerous movies that after a person gets beaten up in a fight they place a chunk of raw meat on their face. I found this link making reference to the practice and this one claiming it's a ...
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Does garlic prevent the spread of colds?

I just heard that a friend plans to feed their toddler raw garlic because the toddler has a cold and they don't want it spreading to their infant. Is there evidence for or against the efficacy of ...
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Will intranasal application of breast milk treat colds?

A friend just posted that their 2-year-old has a cold, and they want to prevent their two-week old from getting said cold. They plan to inject breast milk up the two-year-old's nose in an attempt to ...
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Do salt lamps produce negative ions?

Do claims that Himalayan Salt Lamps produce negative ions when lit with an incandescent bulb have any science to back it up?
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Is Bach's flower remedy 'rescue' effective?

I hear that it actually helps people to fall asleep and feel less stress. My question is specifically for the sleep 'rescue' remedy which has the following ingredients according to their site: ...
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Did the original snake oil work?

"Snake oil" is a common name for a fake or over-hyped product. As defined by urban dictionary: comes from the 19th-century American practice of selling cure-all elixirs in traveling medicine ...
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Is Tegarome effective to treat minor skin injuries such as sun burn, insect stings, scratches?

Tegarome is a blend of essential oils designed to treat soothes minor skin injuries such as sun burn, insect stings, scratches. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of ...
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Can humans “feel” the earth's magnetic field?

Someone told me that human cells can somehow feel the earth's magnetic field. The same guy thought that centrioles are probably involved. Is it true? If not, would it be true for stronger magnetic ...
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Does Gripe Water work for fussy babies?

All parents have to deal with a fussy infant at one time or another and it seems like nothing will sooth them*. Hence, there are many over-the-counter tonics and formulas that are said to calm a ...
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Will coffee increase the growth of white hair?

I am curious about white hair: A friend told me that drinking coffee and tea would increase the number of white hair. There is a similar claim on the English Pravda site: Among other reasons of ...
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Does eating sugar feed yeast in the gut?

My understanding is that yeast (esp. candida) lives in digestive systems of most people. I was recently introduced to the concept of "candida overgrowth". My pseudoscience detector quickly alerted me ...
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Is Flexarome effective to relieve aching joints and tense muscles?

Flexarome is a blend of essential oils to relieve aching joints and tense muscles. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of modern aromatherapy. Cold, humid weather and ...
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Is practical psychophysics based on science?

My girlfriend visited a place in Latvia associated with the Institute of Practical Psychophysics. A number of aspects have made me skeptical, including recommendations for products from health food ...
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Does auto-suggestion work?

There are several popular self-improvement books, some of which are: Think and grow rich - Napoleon Hill The Power of Your Subconscious Mind - Joseph Murphy The secret - Rhonda Byrne which suggest ...
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Is this tapeworm diet ad real?

There's an ad I've seen several times about the internet, advertising tape worms for use in dieting. This image can easily be found googling "tapeworm diet ad". Snopes asserts uncertainty as to ...
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Can yoga or stretching aid in cleansing organs?

I go to yoga class every Monday and Wednesday and my instructor says we are doing this stretch to cleans the "X" which can be either blood, kidneys, liver, etc. This website says yoga has ...
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Is Intra Juice as described?

Intra claims: As a natural food supplement intra helps balance and strengthen the body's systems with the essential nutrients that are lacking in most modern diets. Intra contains herbs that ...
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Rotational Field Quantum Magnetic Resonance cytotron - can it cure arthritis?

My father-in-law is diagnosed with OsteoArthritis. As per doctors' advice, we are now planning for his knee replacement surgery. Today, I came to know a procedure that claims to use QMR-Cytotron to ...
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Can high doses of niacin (B3) effectively treat psychosis?

Does high doses of vitamin B3 treat or stop psychosis effectively? The DOCTOR YOURSELF NEWSLETTER (Vol. 3, No 12) May 5, 2003 VITAMIN CURE FOR PSYCHOSIS Simply put, it is niacin, and ...
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Is vinegar an effective treatment for arthritis?

I've learned that some people take vinegar to treat arthritis. It's a well known folk cure. Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/026715_apple_pain_vinegar.html Learn How to Relieve Arthritis and ...
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Does ultrasound reduce joint inflammation?

I read a 2011 paper, Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound reduces the inflammatory activity of synovitis. that mention that ultrasound can help reduce inflammation. However, Save Yourself article states: ...