Category Archives: Pseudoscience

After 8? years, a visit to the doctor

I’ll be talking in detail about some minor medical procedures (involving needles and blood) you commonly get done during a check-up. These are things I have strong phobias of, but this is my way of trying to get past them. If that’s not stuff you can read about, I feel you. See you next time.

I went to the doctor yesterday for a wellness visit. Haven’t done that in many years, and never independently. Even the doctor remarked that I was a rare case being a male in my 20s coming in.

He’s an MO, which means he is trained in osteopathy:

Osteopathy is a type of alternative medicine that emphasizes the physical manipulation of the body’s muscle tissue and bones. … Osteopathic medicine in the United States differs greatly in scope and approach from osteopathy as practiced in Europe elsewhere. The USA recognizes a branch of the medical profession called osteopathic physicians, trained and certified to practice all modern medicine.

I was a little concerned about this, since I very much value science and evidence in medicine. I’m a fan of Steven Novella and the Science-Based Medicine blog. (I was wearing my SGU “placebo band” that morning.) Words like “holistic” or osteopathy being linked with so many alternative medicine treatments made me a bit skeptical. With more reading, I learned that opinions vary, and MOs can be just about identical to MDs.

I stumbled into this two weeks ago when I was getting STI tests done. I agreed to the recommendation the nurse practitioner gave that he sign me up for one of their doctors as a primary care physician, so I didn’t have much input into whom. (Still an adulting win, though!)

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Should You Care About Ingredient Pronunciation? (No)

I was listening to Gimlet Media’s newest release, Mystery Show,(1)Delightful, charming, and funny! when an ad for KIND bars came on in the middle. These are the snacks with the sleek packaging and vibrant colors that I think taste pretty good! The advertisement revolved around the host, Starlee Kine, listing off one of their all-“pronounceable” ingredients each episode going forward.

This branding disappointed me. When I go on KIND’s website, I see they’ve even trademarked the phrase, “ingredients you can see & pronounce®“. They also say this:

“We believe if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body.”

That’s the same line we hear from the Food Babe, who is at least getting her necessary volume of backlash. It’s pandering to naturalism, preying on fears of “scary” substances just because they have scientific names. It supports the trend of misinformation and misunderstanding of what goes in our food and its safety.

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April’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes

A lot of my podcast listening in April was on the road or while playing games. It’s funny that I’m already associating the video game The Talos Principle with the podcast Wham Bam Pow because of how much those overlapped!

At the beginning of this month I also failed to but ultimately succeeded in installing a new stereo in my car! My old car cassette adapter system for playing podcasts through my iPod would always overheat in these coming hot spring and summer months. Now I don’t have to worry at all with a direct aux cable! Year after year of frustration about this has finally come to an end.

I’m happy to present to you my top list of podcasts for April of 2015:

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My Coke Rewards – “Powerade Energy Band”

I’m bothered by the fact that My Coke Rewards, which I use regularly, has a product as a reward that is misleading and promotes pseudoscience.

PoweradeEnergyBand

Keep your energy up. Be better on the go. Stay on top of your game.

You always replenish your body after a workout or during intense activities with POWERADE®, and now you can work towards your best throughout the entire day. With the POWERADE Energy Band, you’re putting effort into keeping your day going strong. Add a little extra balance and energy to everything you do by adding a little extra to your wrist. See the benefits for yourself and get your day going strong.

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QuantumJumping

Quantum Jumping, or Bullshit Overload

I stumbled upon the website Quantum Jumping from an ad for wooey pseudoscience that just seemed… too out there. But oh how I underestimate scammers! I was struck by the techniques used to trick readers into buying into the product and story, and then felt like tearing down some of the nonsense I was reading. Come join me for a hearty laugh, a face palm, and a clenched fist.

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