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Does circumcision lead to a net increase in quality of life?

I was recently surprised to learn that many Americans have been circumcised even though their parents had no religious motivation to go through with it. This in strong contrast with my home country ...
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Is cancer a man-made disease?

Not too long ago a story about a study examining mummies for the prevalence of cancer caused a flurry of articles in the media claiming that cancer is a man-made disease. The researchers claim that ...
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Can an experiment done on casual cannabis users provide evidence for the risk of psychosis in long term users?

There is an episode of BBC Horizon with the title Cannabis: Miracle Medicine or Dangerous Drug?, presented by Dr Javid Abdelmoneim. During the documentary Abdelmoneim meets Dr Amir Englund, a ...
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Did Dave Elman contribute to an open heart surgery with hypnosis as the only anesthetic?

Colonel H.L. Elman (Dave's son): Among my father's many accomplishments, one that I treasure is the story of the man who was too weak for ANY of the many kinds of anesthesia drugs available in the ...
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Can marijuana cause seizures in children?

Today on NBC on TV they mentioned a study that says 3000 kids between 2000 and 2017 ate marijuana and half of those kids ended up in the hospital. One of the symptoms mentioned was drowsiness (...
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Is "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation" (TENS) effective?

I have recently become aware of TENS, but have yet to find any definitive evidence it is either a legitimate treatment or a full-blown pseudo-science. The closest was this BBC article: Some of the ...
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Is drug development far cheaper than Big Pharma wants us to believe?

In an article titled "The Make-Believe Billion - How drug companies exaggerate research costs to justify absurd profits" in Slate the author writes about a new study about the costs of drug ...
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Is physiotherapy effective in reducing repetitive strain injury (RSI) complaints?

I believe (by anecdotal experience) people are regularly advised to visit a physiotherapist when they experience repetitive strain injury (RSI) complaints. But have physiotherapeutic exercises ...
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Can scaring a person cure hiccups?

There is a popular belief that scaring a hiccuping person would cure the hiccups: This Straw Is Designed to Instantly Cure Hiccups Lots of folks will try to scare hiccups away with a shock or ...
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Did a New Zealand boy start eating normally after being treated by Iranian-Islamic traditional medicine?

In a video broadcast from Iranian TV [Persian, English subtitles for first 1.5m], 7 years ago, it is claimed that a New Zealand boy, Solomon "Solly" Moss, started eating normally (without ...
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Are there artificially created viruses that are both deadly like Ebola and transmissible like the common cold?

A popular YouTube personality, Dr. John Campbell, a retired nurse teacher, makes a claim in a May 4th video around the 4m27s mark: Now let's be quite clear. No-one is saying [SARS-CoV-2] is a ...
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Did HHS admit that mandated childhood vaccines had not been tested for safety in pre-licensing inert placebo tests?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr claims in his book The Real Anthony Fauci on pages 594-595: Most medicinal products cannot get licensed without first undergoing randomized placebo-controlled trials that compare ...
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Is acupuncture an effective treatment?

What evidence is there for or against acupuncture being an effective treatment?
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Does chromosome 6 deletion cause the patient to not feel pain, hunger, and fatigue?

In this 7-years-old Belfast Telegraph article there's a video posted to Russia Today about a girl called Olivia Farnsworth who has the genetic abnormality "chromosome 6 deletion" which ...
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Conventional common wisdom has been that red meat consumption increases the risk of developing heart disease. There are a lot of studies indicating this may be true, but there are also a lot of ...
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Is the ozone in the Sharper Image Air Ionizer unhealthy or can it cause asthma?

The Sharper Image Air Ionizer was a hot seller a few years ago, and a few models included an "Ozone" feature. This blue light would create O3, and supposedly were useful for cleaning the air. I've ...
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Can popping a pimple in the facial 'danger area' cause brain infection or death?

This story is currently sitting at #13 on Reddit: TIL that in rare cases, popping a pimple in the so-called "danger triangle" can lead to facial paralysis, brain infections/meningitis, and even ...
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Did György Sherfezi fall from the 10th floor on a passing Laszlo Karvasha and both survived?

Some researchers of Coincidence insist on the veracity of the story: "A resident of Budapest György Sherfezi fell out of the 10th floor window and landed on a passing Laszlo Karvasha. Exactly one ...
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Has the usage of body mass index caused historical harm and been utilized for racial exclusion?

ama-assn.org (American Medical Association) writes regarding BMI (body mass index) The House of Delegates adopted new policy recognizing the issues with using BMI as a measurement because: Of the ...
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Did Bill Gates, via the Gates Foundation, use his influence to prevent Oxford from making the patent for their COVID-19 vaccine open source?

In a Jan. 2023 AMA "Ask Me Anything" post on Reddit by Bill Gates, a user, Sherm199, stated that: The Gates foundation fought for the Oxford vaccine to NOT be open-source and to instead be ...
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Does drinking water upside-down help cure hiccups?

I was under the impression that drinking water upside-down worked for curing hiccups (when they worked) merely due to a placebo effect, or at the very least didn't work any better than just drinking ...
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Can drinking coconut water harm sperm production?

In a remote rural area of India while traveling, I came to know that the people there believe that Coconut water should not be drunk by males as it harms sperm production [count?]. Is there truth ...
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Does hiccuping / hiccoughing have any adverse effect on your health?

I have heard that hiccuping is very bad for you. I've even heard several times that each time you hiccup it shortens your lifespan by one day. Does an average bout of hiccuping have any adverse ...
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Does weight loss from Ozempic come mainly from muscle and connectivity tissue loss?

A recent "The Joe Rogan Experience" episode with Bill Maher as the guest discussed weight loss drugs, especially type-2 diabetes GLP-1 agonists. The following interchange took place (J is ...
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Has the absorption of menstrual hygiene products only now been compared using blood for the first time?

A number of articles such as this one or this one were published recently in reaction to this study. The study is quoted as saying that "no study exists comparing the capacity of currently ...
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Do copper jewellery stains indicate illness?

People wearing copper jewellery quite often have black/green/dark blue stains on wrists and fingers. Articles like Copper Jewelry & Green Skin say that these stains are related to a person's ...
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Does drinking after eating fruits cause a belly-ache?

As a child I was always told not to drink after eating lots of fruits, especially cherries, as it would supposedly cause a belly-ache. Not only I never dared to try drinking after eating cherries, I ...
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Did Pope John Paul II perform a miracle?

The catholic church has very recently beatified late Pope John Paul II. As one of the requirements for this, the church required at least one miracle attributed to the candidate. In this case, a nun ...
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Can you fix drooping eyelids with exercises?

I stumbled upon this YouTube video which gives exercises to fix drooping eyelids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYBd6t1k-38 The medical term used to qualify drooping eyelids is ptosis (or ...
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Is drinking while standing unhealthy?

In Quora there is an answer that states: Scientifically, drinking while standing lets water hit the lower part of the esophagus strongly, & by time this leads to a dilation and relaxation of ...
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Did Jeffrey Epstein take his own life?

IN 2019, Barbara Sampson, the New York City's Chief Medical Examiner, ruled that Jeffrey Epstein's death was a suicide by hanging. New York City’s medical examiner ruled Jeffrey Epstein’s death a ...
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Male circumcision causes eardrum to burst?

I have seen a post circulating Facebook which is also cited by this source: http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2017/09/drs-may-ask-if-baby-is-circumcised-for.html (The source is clearly biased against the ...
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Will bacteria grow in filtered water?

Zero Water makes water filtration systems that they claim remove 99% of total dissolved solids from water. On the Water is the New Gold blog, a water-filter scientist warns against its use: More ...
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Does massaging a vaccinated arm reduce effectiveness of vaccine?

The Times of India claims that: With intramuscular vaccines (most of the COVID-19 vaccine shots are delivered through this mean right now), rubbing, pinching or massaging the injection site may ...
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Do NIAID employees get a share of royalities from drugs that are based on scientific work within NIAID that provides the basis for them?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr claims in his book The Real Anthony Fauci on pages 245-246: Dr. Fauci’s management style thrives on creating many such opportunities for his agency and its employees to ...
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Are people receiving spontaneous gold dental prostheses without dentist intervention?

Claims of unexpected and spontaneous fillings or full restorations of teeth with gold are not unheard of in many faith healing services and other religious gatherings. For example, in a video recorded ...
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Can mold cause GERD (acid reflux)?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is more commonly known as acid reflux. According to Metabolic Healing is can be triggered by mold spores: This is a little known but potentially major cause ...
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Are vaccinated children significantly less healthy than the unvaccinated, as recent study claims?

In their 2020 study termed "Relative Incidence of Office Visits and Cumulative Rates of Billed Diagnoses Along the Axis of Vaccination" [full text], appearing in the International Journal of ...
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Does reported alcohol intake, according to population surveys, only account for half of the alcohol sold?

A recent book by the House of Commons Library statistician Georgina Sturge, criticises an over reliance on data collected by self-reporting surveys in areas where there may be an incentive to minimise ...
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Was a study of uterine cancer conducted solely on male subjects?

According to a 1986 article in the Chicago Tribune: Researchers [at Rockefeller University] are studying the effects of obesity on estrogen activity and the tendency for women to develop breast and ...
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Does reggaeton generate greater brain activity than classical music?

A 2021 Exploring Your Mind article claims: A group of neurosurgeons conducted a study that demonstrated intense brain activation when participants listened to reggaeton. In fact, it even surpassed ...
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Is the Fukushima disaster causing an increase in infant mortality on the west coast of North America?

Here we've got a claim that infant mortality in select US cities on the west coast has increased by 35% since the nuclear meltdown. This claim is based on two data points: 4 weeks ending March 19, ...
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Is the foreskin of a baby connected to the glans in a similar way to a fingernail on a finger?

Seen on Facebook. I'm not so interested in the "steel rod" claim. I'm interested in the anatomy claim: that the foreskin of a baby is attached to the glans by a membrane, in a similar way to the that ...
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Is there a scientific consensus that "no level of [ionizing] radiation is safe"?

This video criticizes Scott Pruit's EPA's proposed 10-fold increase of the maximum allowed radiation dose in water. It also claims scientists agree "no level of radiation is safe"; apparently, this ...
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Is the Marie Kondo tuning fork effective for healing?

The KonMari (Marie Kondo) website sells a shaped piece of solid aluminium, making the following claims for it: Tuning Fork Regular price $50.00 Marie uses a tuning fork in her everyday ...
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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: ...
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Do we lose 7 pounds when we die?

I often hear people claim that it is a fact that humans lose seven pounds when they die. Some people believe that this is 'proof' of the existence of the 'soul'. Is there any truth to this claim? I ...
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Can a cat's purr heal injuries?

I've read it on Wikipedia's article about purring (in French), which I will paraphrase as follows: Veterinarians think that cats heal fractures etc. more rapidly than dogs. [citation] A hypothesis ...
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Have the Covid-19 vaccines caused more deaths than Covid-19 itself did?

A popular article by Steve Kirsch on his substack discusses the following: A worldwide Bayesian causal Impact analysis suggests that COVID-19 gene therapy (mRNA vaccine) causes more COVID-19 cases ...
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Is the eye-movement aspect of EMDR therapy more effective than other available therapies for treating trauma survivors?

A recent BBC article discussed the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It makes the claim, "Some are still sceptical ...

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