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Any Scientific Basis for Neuro Linguistic Programming?
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It seems that there is no scientific basis for NLP. Reading this article from 2009 From the abstract: It concludes that after three decades, there is still no credible theoretical basis for ...

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Do contrails last long enough to explain chemtrails?
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The longevity of a contrail is dependent on the weather conditions which indeed might be difficult to spot from the ground. I don't know about "unable" though. As far as I know the 'controversy' about ...

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Is it possible to overdose on Homeopathic medicines?
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Yes, it is entirely possible to overdose on almost anything. liquid (water) homepathic medicine can of course cause water intoxication sugar pills can cause problems with blood sugar I presume, ...

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How bitter is Robert Lustig's "Bitter Truth" about sugar?
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Especialy High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a very "out there" worry for some people it seems. And also incorrectly. The key, as always, is moderation and looking at the real world. A good read is ...

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Is it possible to influence the sex of a baby by controlling the mothers' diet?
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In short: no. There is, as you point out yourself, some research shows that (pre-conception) diet can be an influence, but nothing more than that. The mother definitely can not decide the gender. ...

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Are zinc supplements beneficial?
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Zinc, like iron, is an element that you need. If you are a 'healthy' person, eating 'normal' (these are kind-of subjective, that's why the marks) you will get enough of these in your daily food. See ...

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Do short pictures as subliminal messages work?
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Reading this article might be a good one. In short, it tells of the start of all this "single frame" theory, namely that research that made you drink cola / eat popcorn. This was not good research, ...

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Are more babies born during full moons?
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A skepdic article references meta-research after 100 studies, finding no evidence of any correlation between lunar-cycle and a lot of things, amongst them birth-rate. (It goes on to explain why the ...

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Is "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation" (TENS) effective?
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I can link you to an excellent article1, but unfortunately it is in dutch. I shall try to translate parts, and provide the linked articles too. The article starts with some history and explanation. ...

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Does the artificial sweetener aspartame cause cancer?
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The wikipedia page about the "aspartame controversy", especially the safete/health part, has more references than I can easily type here. Check over there for the links included, it seems like a solid ...

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When will humans become immune to antibiotics?
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The problem isn't that humans are becoming immune to antibiotics, the problem is that the things you wish to kill are. When those (bacteria) are immune, it doesn't matter if you have never used ...

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How were the pyramids built?
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There seem to be several theories about how you can build a pyramid using then available systems and techniques. It is of course hard to find out how it was done, but there seem to be valid ...

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Does Fermi's paradox imply that civilizations will self destruct inevitably in a short time?
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The Drake equation is controversial, as most of the elements are very hard to 'guess'. For instance, see this quotation by T.J. Nelson (via wikipedia) The Drake equation consists of a large number ...

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