Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Friday, January 28, 2005

TIME: The Skeptical Eye - Leon Jaroff

TIME: The Skeptical Eye - Leon Jaroff

Tempest in Tallahassee
Florida State University considers chiropractic
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005

So Far, Psychics Are Batting .000
2004 turned out to be a tough year for the predictors
Monday, Dec. 27, 2004

More Questions on Healing Prayer
A medical journal responds to its critics
Friday, Dec. 10, 2004

Faith-Based Parks?
Creationists meet the Grand Canyon
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004

Medical Sharks
The problems of using shark cartilage to treat cancer
Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2004

Strange Doings on Tunguska
Amazingly, some people still believe the devastating Siberian event was caused by space aliens
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004

Finding Clues in the Sky
A new blend of astronomy and history is revealing the past
Friday, Jul. 23, 2004

Questioning Healing Prayer
A reevaluation of a study threatens to tarnish the reputations of two prestigious institutions
Thursday, Jul. 01, 2004

Guess What I'll Write Next
Psychics continue to make outrageous claims
Wednesday, May. 26, 2004

Coming Clean About My Military Service
Our columnist sets the record straight
Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004

Who Needs Manned Spaceflight?
The successes of the Mars rovers show again why a lot can be done without spending $400 billion
Wednesday, Mar. 03, 2004

Beyond Ephedra
Even as the FDA bans the herb, other potentially dangerous supplements are taking its place
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004

Larry King and the Paranormal
The CNN host covers a variety of important, news-y topics. So why is he wasting time with pseudo-science?
Friday, Nov. 07, 2003

How I Won the Michigan-Minnesota Game
Sometimes, fans really can make a difference
Saturday, Sep. 13, 2003

Apocalypse No
Why the media fuss over The Asteroid That's Going to Hit the Earth was all wrong
Thursday, Sep. 04, 2003

Erin Brockovich's Junk Science
Her new suit against oil companies and Beverly Hills has little scientific grounding
Friday, Jul. 11, 2003

Hold That Tiger
The confessions of a fanatical baseball fan
Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003

Pat Buchanan's Iraq Conspiracy
The pundit says a small cabal of Jews launched Gulf War II
Thursday, Apr. 17, 2003

Coral Calcium: A Barefoot Scam
Robert Barefoot's theories about the powers of coral calcium don't hold up
Friday, Mar. 14, 2003

It's Time To Rethink Ephedra Regulation
The FDA needs new authority to evaluate the weight-loss supplement
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2003

Can We Trust the Cloning Journalist?
Michael Guillen, the reporter who was supposed to verify the Raelians' cloning claims, is hardly a skeptical observer
Friday, Jan. 10, 2003

Save Us From Alternative Medicine!
One good thing for Bill Frist's legislative calendar: Removing the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994
Tuesday, Jan. 07, 2003

Are We Being Taken by Spielberg?
A skeptical look at the filmmaker's alien abduction show
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002

The Surprising Joys of Aging
Some things, it turns out, actually do get better the older you get
Monday, Nov. 18, 2002

Against Nukephobia
Reactors and nuclear waste are perfectly safe from attacks like flying a plane into them
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002

It's the Little Asteroids that Get You
Forget about looking for the six-mile-across monster asteroids. A much smaller one could trigger a nuclear incident
Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2002

Ephedra: Who's Telling the Truth?
The FDA and the dietary-supplements industry battle over the active ingredient in hundreds of popular diet aids
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002

The Circular Logic of 'Signs'
Why would aliens bother to make crop circles?
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002

Does Body Chemistry Make You Gullible?
A new study finds that dopamine can make you dopey
Friday, Jul. 26, 2002

Bamboozled on Long Island
An exotic plant takes over
Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2002

Wasting Big Bucks On Alternative Medicine
Why are the feds spending millions studying questionable treatments?
Wednesday, May. 15, 2002

There's Nothing Dangerous About 'Silver' Fillings
But some in Congress continue to insist there is
Wednesday, May. 08, 2002

At the DOE, Dowsing for Dollars
The feds make an investigation into the paranormal
Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2002

The Rocket Man's Dark Side
Many scientists insist Wernher von Braun only observed German concentration camps. New revelations tell a very different story
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2002

Nukes Are Necessary in Space. Period
Activists are up in arms over a Bush proposal to allow nuclear reactors in spacecraft
Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2002

Back Off, Chiropractors!
Recent research suggests some chiropractic techniques may be dangerous for patients
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002

Debunking Seeing Without Sight
A Russian girl accepts James Randi's $1 million challenge to prove she has paranormal powers
Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2002

Investigating the Power of Prayer
A San Francisco researcher looks into whether prayer can heal from a distance
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002

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Leon Jaroff was the founding managing editor of DISCOVER, the newsmagazine of science, and was a longtime correspondent, writer and editor for TIME and LIFE. [more]