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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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Did Otto Warburg make this claim about diseases in an alkaline environment?

It was a different claim, and that claim is not validated First, you cannot mess around with the body's pH value, because you die if you do. The pH value of blood must be between 7.35 and 7.45. And ...
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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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As seen in movies, is it medically sound to treat a bruise with raw meat?

The answer to your question title is no. The act of putting raw meat on a bruise comes from Hollywood and cartoons, and it usually is adopted when you have a black eye, rather than just any bruise. ...
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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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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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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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Did Richard Nixon commission a study on the effects of THC and then have the results classified?

This claim ultimately traces back to a May 30, 2000, article published by AlterNet, Pot Shrinks Tumors; Government Knew in '74, and a book first published in 1985. The AlterNet story claims that: In ...
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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 regular self-induced vomiting provide any health benefit?

As a physician I have to tell you that regular induced self-vomiting has the following short-term consequences: 1.- Dehydration and electrolyte imbalance that can potentially cause metabolic ...
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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 coconut oil work as an antibiotic and as a treatment for AIDS?

That paper you quote from by Tayag et al is listed as For Publication where coconut oil was administered to 15 HIV positive patients. 3 of the 15 HIV positive patients developed clinical AIDs on this ...
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Has yoga been shown to have a healing effect?

No Yoga has been researched for 100 years and researchers have churned out more than 3000 research papers, but none of the studies present any conclusive evidence for the efficacy of yoga in treating ...
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Does ginger help against the common cold?

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the induction of several genes involved in the inflammatory response [1]. It mostly modulates biochemical pathways activated in chronic ...
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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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Is acid reflux ("heartburn") caused by having too little stomach acid?

As another data point, the site CureTogether surveys people on which treatments have been effective for each particular disease. Apple cider vinegar is ranked as the worst treatment for acid reflux: ...
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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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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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Is optometry a pseudoscience?

Optometry appears to have a scientific foundation. While I am in no position to evaluate the claims made by Optometrists, I can see that Optometry has the same institutional structure as science-based ...
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Is Turmeric better than prozac to treat depression?

I don't have access to the full article, but the most interesting part of the abstract (to me) is the scale used to measure depression. The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression used to be the ...
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Does Helminthic Therapy help in the treatment of Crohn's Disease?

The Cochrane Collaboration do systematic reviews of the published scientific evidence - they look at all the information that is available. This year, they looked at this issue: Garg SK, Croft AM, ...
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Do crystals have healing powers?

Short version There is no evidence that Crystal Healing works, beyond placebo. Longer version Wikipedia introduces crystal healing as a "pseudoscientific alternative medicine technique". Wikipedia ...
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