“Food Babe” – A Woman on a Mission to Change the Food Industry, and How You Can Too

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Vani Hari’s blog, FoodBabe.com, and her “leading by example” style of food activism is an inspiration to a growing number of people not just in the US but around the world Continue reading

Can You Heal Just by Being More Aware?

Does self-awareness really lead to health and healing?

Self-awareness is touted as a powerful form of healing, yet it often does nothing for us. Being aware that you have a problem doesn’t mean the problem is going to magically vanish, right?

Does this mean increased self-awareness is a waste of time? No.

It means that in order to heal yourself with greater self-awareness, you need to become aware of the right aspect of your problem. Continue reading

New Cancer Therapy Is Music to Your Ears

Cancer therapy is a gold mine these days of health breakthroughs (it really is), as we learn more and more how to challenge the disease and improve quality of life. A new study has unearthed evidence that may be music to the ears of a cancer patient. Continue reading

Magician and Skeptic James Randi Challenges Homeopathic Drugs

James Randi launched a bold challenge Saturday that aims to debunk so-called homeopathic drugs. The fraud-busting magician even offered $1 million to any manufacturer who could prove they work as directed.

Finding science and medicine experts to defend homeopathy isn’t easy. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers a primer complete with an explanation of homeopathy regulation, the status of research and more.

The first two “key points” are especially notable, the first for the explanation, and the second for the context.

“The principle of similar [or ‘like cures like’] is a central homeopathic principle. The principle states that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people.

“Most analyses have concluded that there is little evidence to support homeopathy as an effective treatment for any specific condition; although, some studies have reported positive findings.”

Respected skeptic Steven Barrett is more blunt. He says this about homeopathy: “Homeopathic ‘remedies’ enjoy a unique status in the health marketplace: They are the only category of quack products legally marketable as drugs.” That’s just the beginning of his essay. Read the full post on Barrett’s site, Quackwatch.

The National Center for Homeopathy would disagree, of course. And it helpfully distinguishes between “homeopathic” and “herbal” for those who consider all nonprescription or “alternative” products virtually the same. “Homeopathy is a system of medical therapy that uses very small doses of medicines, or remedies. These remedies are prepared from substances found in nature. Nevertheless, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine. These two systems of medicine are very different. Herbal medicine uses tinctures of botanical substances, whereas homeopaths use ultra dilute ‘micro’ doses made from not only plants, but minerals or any other substance found in nature.”

In the meantime, we’ll wait to see whether anyone takes Randi up on his challenge.