Time to regulate the antivaccine liars out of existence, Part 1

This week, Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of  the Law in San Francisco, guest wrote an article on this blog (and I'm grateful when she does) regarding the possibility of using the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), whose principal mission is the promotion of consumer protection, to regulate or block antivaccine misinformation. The process…

Weight loss remedies that are just plain pseudoscience

[caption id="attachment_2618" align="alignleft" width="300"] The worlds best weight loss system.[/caption] Here comes weight-loss pseudoscience-often appearing in spam, the Dr. Oz show, or random google search. Weight loss pseudoscience, especially those who claim it's "easy", are an American obsession, especially since since the country is experiencing an obesity epidemic. Americans are always seeking…

Vitamin D supplements–improves bone health or a waste of money?

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignright" width="493"] Natural sources of vitamin D.[/caption] Lots of people take vitamin D supplements to keep their bones strong as they age, advice that is pushed by legitimate organizations, like the National Osteoporosis Foundation. But does vitamin D actually do anything, or are their effects some kind of…
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