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AI: Now-overlapping Hobbysteria

AI: Now-overlapping Hobbysteria

One of the things that frustrates me enormously is the lack of real science in fitness reporting…. and the overwhelming amount of non-science that all conflicts with the rest of it. Another thing that really frustrates me is the way that women’s magazines focused on fitness are really focused on looking sexy for your man. So last week, in an attempt to combine skepticism, fitness and w... »

AI: All we can stomach

AI: All we can stomach

Last May, I had my stomach removed. Well, not all of it. There’s a small portion, smaller than a small egg, left. But the rest was taken away. Short story: I was supposed to just go in for a regular old gastric bypass but then they found a tumor and instead of bypassing the organ, my doctor removed it completely. And now I live in this weird world where I had a surgery I wanted and am gettin... »

Ask Surly Amy: Underwire Bras and Cancer

Ask Surly Amy: Underwire Bras and Cancer

Hi, Surly Amy. I recently went shopping with my mom and she saw that I had picked out a bra with under wire in it. She immediately began telling me that under-wire causes breast cancer and since we have a history of breast cancer, under-wired bras are a death sentence for us. I have heard a bit about the whole “under-wire = death” and I highly doubt that it is true. Is there any scient... »

Ask Surly Amy: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

Ask Surly Amy: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

Dear Surly Amy, My sister wonders if she should get her daughters the Gardasil vaccine. My instinct is that she should, though I am also hesitant to recommend or take drugs that have not been around for very long. Would you know of any reputable sources that would allow my sister to make an informed choice about risk of new vaccine vs. risk of her daughters’ contracting HPV/cervical cancer? ... »

Ask Surly Amy: Cancer and Alt-Med

Ask Surly Amy: Cancer and Alt-Med

Dear Surly Amy, I have a friend who was diagnosed with testicular cancer about a year ago. It was caught a bit late, but he still had a chance of fighting it. However, he decided to go an alt-med approach rather than using solid medical treatments. I have had him speak with an oncology nurse, who recommended that he speak with an oncologist and seek normal medical treatment, and I have tried to ur... »

Press Releases “They” Don’t Want You to Know About: Trudeau Gets a Smackdown

Thanks to the SkepTick for both the above headline and the link to this FTC Press Release I can’t believe I missed. In case you don’t feel like clicking the link, the release’s headline says it all: Kevin Trudeau Banned from Infomercials For Three Years, Ordered to Pay More Than $5 Million for False Claims About Weight-Loss Book Ha ha ha hahaaaaaaaaaaa! Ahem, okay, sorry. Heh. I&... »

Hair Loss in Ailing Women

The other day, we received an email through the SGU contact page from Jenelle, who is a skeptic faced with a dilemma that is probably more common among women than many suspect: what to do about hair loss following serious illness. Here’s her letter: I’ve been a dedicated listener for over a year now, ever since my boyfriend found your podcast. I am a Ph.D. student in psychology, have H... »