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Can drinking "harmonized" water prevent sunburn

The study that the company uses to prove that "scalar waves" give human skin the ability to "neutralize" UV rays is bunk, for a multitude of reasons. Instead of commenting on the ...
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Is Reiki scientifically valid/proven?

There is a review article: Effects of reiki in clinical practice: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials International Journal of Clinical Practice Volume 62, Issue 6, pages 947–954, June ...
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Can drinking "harmonized" water prevent sunburn

In addition to the other excellent answers, which already show that the product is not to be trusted, I'd like to point out two more reasons why one should be worried about the "research" being ...
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Is the skeptical movement an offshoot of the Communist Party?

The claim, "The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party" is not found in either of the links provided. The first link says, "I know that not all skeptics have these roots." The second ...
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Can drinking "harmonized" water prevent sunburn

While anything is possible, there is absolutely no reason to believe these claims, mostly because the claims don't make any sense scientifically. "Scalar waves" is a meaningless term, as ...
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Is Reiki scientifically valid/proven?

Reiki is a framework that the Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui developed in 1922. In Mikau Usui own account he didn't find it through empiric investigation but says that the Reiki methology came as a ...
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Is seemingly bare-hands surgery (with no instruments) fake?

Your video is an example of what is known as psychic surgery. The practioners claim to be able to treat and heal many diseases. Psychic surgery is a fake. It does not heal anything. Its ...
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Can heat cure COVID-19, the common flu and the common cold?

"Are there any peer reviewed studies regarding the efficacy of heating the sinuses as a treatment for COVID-19, or more generally upper respiratory diseases?" No. None that I could find. ...
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Can drinking "harmonized" water prevent sunburn

tl;dr- The collection of claims about "Harmonized Water" appear to be incoherent gibberish which prevents us from falsifying them ("not even wrong"). If this were a real product, a common chemistry ...
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Can honey help heal wounds?

In short, yes. Picking one of the first recent publications to come up in my search for "honey wound healing", I give you Honey and Wound Healing: An Update (DOI 10.1007/s40257-016-0247-8), which "...
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Does drinking cattle urine have health benefits?

This is a religiously motivated idea. And it is very probably a quite terrible idea from a health perspective. It is definitively a terrible idea from a taste perspective. After reviewing the ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

It is NOT TRUE that "most humans are hosts to these parasitic worms called Ascaris lumbricoides (Roundworms)." Ascariasis (CDC.gov, 2018): An estimated 807 million–1.2 billion people in the world ...
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What is the actual position of WHO regarding alternative medicine

The WHO's position on alternative medicine seems to be the same as their position on conventional medicine: if it is proven to work and proven to be safe, go ahead and use it. The document you linked ...
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Does inhaling steam from fresh-boiled potatoes help with a cold/flu cough or congestion?

It sounds like this is a Russian variant of a common home remedy of inhaling steam as a decongestant. [Examples: The Health Site, WebMD] The Cochrane Library reviewed the evidence: Heated, humidified ...
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Does Ginkgo Biloba "promote memory"?

While some studies have promoted Ginkgo Biloba as possibly having these effects, the results have been mixed at best, and the claims seem to be unlikely. WebMD says the following with regards to ...
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Does Steve G. Jones have the title "Dr"?

Yes! He has a Doctor of Education degree from Georgia Southern University. His website is stevegjones.com and on his about page he claims to have: Ed.D. (Doctor of Education), GSU (Georgia Southern ...
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Does cupping have medical benefits?

Most of what I will repeat here comes from a blogger that goes by the moniker of Skeptical Raptor. In particular, his looking into the research. In his article, he cites two main sources (which ...
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Can 'resonant frequencies' kill cancer cells?

Short version This is a partial answer, as I've traced this back far enough to find significant connections to pseudo-science and basis for doubt, but I haven't found any sources that directly refute ...
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Can 'resonant frequencies' kill cancer cells?

The FDA approval is confirmed in FDA's press 2015 release, which mentions a trial, because it would have been absurd for the FDA to give apporoval otherwise: In the clinical study used to support ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

Fasting, and or eating of weird stuff can make roundworms move, but they get no benefit from leaving the body, so they migrate internally. They procreate by "eggs", thus the notion of them leaving ...
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Has shea butter been clinically proven to help?

Just to focus on one of the specific claims, a journal article from 2009 describes what the authors believed to be the first clinical application of shea butter to treat eczema (aka atopic dermatitis)....
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Is vinegar a sunburn remedy?

There seems to be indeed not much done for this research on a definitively not patentable solution. Most online sources craving credibility for this claim mention the University of Pittsburgh. ...
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Are fish oil capsules beneficial?

There is insufficient evidence to say that intake of fish oil supplements (high in omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA) reduce the risk of heart or other disease. 1) Omega-3 intake for cardiovascular ...
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Do lipid droplets in our skin create a laser?

If we discard the "activates programs" part of the claim as unclear that leaves the claim that lipid droplets in the skin create coherent light when stimulated by the sun. A laser requires the ...
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Is Kambo frog poison dangerous and/or useful?

According to professor Chris Shaw, who was interviewed in the article you linked, the evidence for Kambo's effectiveness is a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. "Kambo is not scientifically proven for treatment....
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Can the size and shape of penis be enhanced permanently?

Penile traction devices are noted to be effective in penile extension a.k.a lengthening. In conclusion, level 4 evidence (according to the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine) suggests that ...
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Does supplementation of garlic/allicin reduce the risk of catching the common cold significantly?

Summary: There is not yet enough evidence to form an opinion. The 2014 Cochrane review, Garlic for the common cold by Elizabeth Lissiman, Alice L Bhasale and Marc Cohen, examined the study Preventing ...
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