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Questions tagged [alternative-medicine]

Use this tag for claims regarding cures and health practices which fall outside the boundaries of the western medical science.

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Do lipid droplets in our skin create a laser?

The home page of Dr Jack Kruse, who claims to be a neurosurgeon and "optimal health educator" contains the following paragraph: There is a deep connection between thermodynamics in biology and the ...
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Does too much deuterium clog up our mitochondria?

I recently came across a strange idea that appears to be popular in the biohacking and alternative health community. The essence of it is that many of the ills of modern life are cased by a buildup to ...
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What do we know about the P-DTR method? [closed]

TL;DR: P-DTR (Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex) is supposedly a neurological (physiological) method for assessment and treatment of hypertonic (overly tense) muscles. Due to lack of publications; ...
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Healing Tooth Decay via Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation?

According to The Guardian scientists from the UK have developed a tool to repair cavities without filling or injections. The new treatment, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced ...
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Did Otto Warburg make this claim about diseases in an alkaline environment?

I came across the following quote, alledgedly by the biochemist Otto Warburg: No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment or its German counterpart: Keine Krankheit kann ...
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Are there diseases that correlate with an “endocannabinoid deficiency”? [closed]

There was a study published in Neuro Endocrinology Letters by Dr. Ethan Russo in 2004 that says many diseases being treated with cannabis correlate with an “endocannabinoid deficiency”, but I cannot ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

So this is a new one for me... I came across a jaw dropping niche of health-woo today. Apparently tens of thousands of people (if not more) believe that almost all humans are infected with parasites ...
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Does carrying or consuming onions help to prevent heatstroke and/or reduce your body temperature?

Will consuming onions help to reduce your body temperature, or prevent heatstroke? Some common variations of this claim include applying onion juice to your skin, or even just carrying an onion in ...
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Is the skeptical movement an offshoot of the Communist Party?

Found on EXTRAORDINARY MEDICINE The truth about homeopathy is the following claim: Media Skeptics: A Popcorn Gallery The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party. (Really: see ...
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Does drinking cattle urine have health benefits?

Recently, a provincial government in India has decided to promote cattle urine as a health drink: Cow urine to be promoted as health drink in Uttar Pradesh BJP government in UP prepares proposal ...
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What is the actual position of WHO regarding alternative medicine

I was sent a chain message over WhatsApp talking about how WHO supports alternative medicine and how it is a shame that it is being censored by some political parties in Spain. I would like to know ...
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Can Elderberries “beat the flu, prevent colds, and strengthen your immunity”?

According to http://realfarmacy.com/diy-flu-syrup/, "Elderberry Beats the Flu, Prevents Colds, and Strengthens Your Immunity." As with all dietary advice I find on the internet, I'm hesitant to ...
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Are fish oil capsules beneficial?

Page 28 of the February 2018 edition of Which? magazine says, (You don't need...) Fish oils such as Omega 3 capsules Unless you are advised to take these, you don't need to. Studies show that ...
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Can 'resonant frequencies' kill cancer cells?

According to some guy called Anthony Holland, you can kill cancer cells with resonant frequencies: "Cancer Research", Novobiotronics; "Shattering cancer with resonant frequencies: Anthony Holland at ...
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Were the reference ranges of liver function tests set three times higher than their usual values during the research on the use of statins?

I am now holding a book called "The Hidden Therapies - What your doctor won't tell you" authored by Jerzy Zięba, who is widely considered to be a quack by medical authorities in my country. ...
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Was there any scientic research backing up the setting of the reference range of cholesterol up to 200 mg/dl?

I am now holding the original, Polish edition of a book called "The Hidden Therapies - What your doctor won't tell you" authored by Jerzy Zięba, who is widely considered to be a quack by medical ...
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Did Gary Taubes prove that cholesterol levels between 200 mg/dl and 240 mg/dl are normal and healthy?

I am now holding the original, Polish edition book called "The Hidden Therapies - What your doctor won't tell you" authored by Jerzy Zięba, who is widely considered to be a quack by medical ...
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Was the cholesterol reference range set up to 200 mg/dl in order to to allow the research on statins on a wide range of population?

I am now holding the original, Polish edition of a book called "The Hidden Therapies - What your doctor won't tell you" authored by Jerzy Zięba, who is widely considered to be a quack by medical ...
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Can honey help heal wounds?

Many sources claim that honey help healing wounds. Consider for example DermNet New Zealand consultant360 webmd TF1 telejournal (in french) From DermNet New Zealand, it seems that honey is most ...
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Does Ginkgo Biloba “promote memory”?

Most Ginkgo Biloba supplements are sold with the following claims: Studied and Shown to promote memory and provide healthy circulation to the body's extremities. (src) Helps support your memory ...
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Is Kambo frog poison dangerous and/or useful?

According to How Amazonian Tree Frog Poison Became the Latest Treatment for Addiction The use of kambo—the poison of a bright green frog—is on the rise as an alternative treatment for depression ...
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Can drinking “harmonized” water prevent sunburn

Osmosis Skin Care offers what they call "Harmonized H2O" This product is a UV Neutralizer-Tan Enhancing[sic]: Boost your body’s defenses with this innovative new technology utilizing frequencies that ...
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Can Master Kanzawa make animals sleep at a distance?

As seen here and other places, like Stan Lee’s Superhumans, Master Kanzawa claims to be able to put animals to sleep at a distance by exchanging "chi energy". I am doubful this is true, since Chi ...
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Electro sensitivity - is it a thing? [duplicate]

Recently, a coworker brought up electro sensitivity as something to consider when developing new communications technology. What little I have researched so far The WHO claims that the majority of ...
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Can the size and shape of penis be enhanced permanently?

A very good friend of mine went to the UK for his master's two years ago. After his breakup and several hookups (via online dating sites), he told me that he is very depressed, especially after one of ...
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Do homemade pregnancy tests with sugar work?

There are a lot of claims on the internet (like this one) that it is possible to test for pregnancy by just putting sugar in a glass and urinating on it. The hormones in the urine supposedly cause the ...
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How can a skeptic benefit from placebo effect? [closed]

Gullible people believe in every new alternative medicine miraculous treatment procedures. For every one of then, you don't need to go too far to learn that the efficacy is not different from placebo ...
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Does Melatonin help support sleep? [duplicate]

This question brought to you courtesy of a trip to a local supermarket. Browsing vitamins/supplements shelf, saw a bottle of Melatonin, on the bottle it said "Helps support sleep" Is this something ...
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Does inhaling steam from fresh-boiled potatoes help with a cold/flu cough or congestion?

Growing up in Russia, almost everyone I knew used this remedy. Here's Internet example. Fortunately, half an hour is just enough time for you to boil a big pot of potatoes. Remove them from the ...
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Does the Assisi loop heal injuries?

The Assisi loop uses "Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy" to treat inflammation in animals. This seems like a bunch of woo. Does this work?
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Does cupping have medical benefits?

Recently, in the Rio Olympics 2016, quite a few sportsmen and sportswomen have been seen with cupping marks, which allegedly result from the traditional Chinese/Oriental medicine treatment Hijama or ...
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What is the relationship between Chirimoya fruit and cancer? [duplicate]

In the whole andes, there is a claim that chirimoya cures cancer. This claim is supported long across the andes community, and in dubious sites like this one. My question is: What is the actual ...
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Does supplementation of garlic/allicin reduce the risk of catching the common cold significantly? [duplicate]

The study Preventing the common cold with a garlic supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey shows a reduction of days challenged virally by about 70% just by taking 180mg allicin every ...
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Does the See Clearly Method of vision improvement work?

I found a product called the See Clearly Method on Amazon. The program claims: The best personal vision improvement system currently available. The results of years of study and clinical ...
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Is Reiki scientifically valid/proven?

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine which has its origins in Japan. Palm healing and auras are central aspects of Reiki. The practice of Reiki is getting more common, however, I was not able to ...
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Is Colloidal Silver an effective medical treatment? [closed]

I have had multiple people recommend to me that I should use colloidal silver to treat not only treat active infections, but as a preventative measure against future disease. One person even claimed ...
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Can bee stings be treated with onions?

Someone told me that when you have a bee sting you should cut an onion in half and apply it to the sting for 30min - or even better make onion puree and apply it. This sounds a bit like folk-medicine ...
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Do crystals have healing powers?

Crystal Healing is a common alternative medicine. For example: Crystal Well-Being Crystals have a long tradition of being used for crystal healing. Each variety of crystal has a unique internal ...
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Do “Studies Show Ginger to be More Powerful than Chemotherapy?”

Recently got this from Facebook: STUDIES SHOW GINGER IS MORE POWERFUL THAN CHEMOTHERAPY Cancer is one of the greatest scourges for the humankind today. People are subjected to toxic treatments ...
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Does eating bananas prevent eyelid twitching?

I have heard many times growing up that if your eyelid is twitching, it means you need more potassium in your diet, and therefore should eat more bananas. A quick search online finds a variety of ...
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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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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. ...