Anti-Doping Agency warns athletes about dietary supplements

Posted 11 August 2014

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) maintains a Web site that challenges myths about dietary supplements and discourages their use. Among other things, the site warns:

Navigating the supplement marketplace and supplement issues is difficult. No one person or organization can provide all the answers. Many people have hastily jumped to […]

Are omega-3s just snake oil?

Posted 06 August 2014

This interesting article written by Elizabeth Preston raises a few interesting points, including how evidence from old studies may have been misinterpreted or miscommunicated, and these effects on claims and ongoing studies.

In the 1970s, a pair of Danish researchers ventured north of the Arctic Circle and into medical lore. Studying […]

Opinion: Health fact and fiction

Posted 06 August 2014

Some practical advice from a health journalist.

Recently one doctor labelled sports scientist Tim Noakes’ low carbohydrate “banting” diet as “criminal,” leaving many asking whether they stick to the popular diet. Health-e News’ Wilma Stassen says that when in doubt, look to the science.


Misled by chemical myths

23 July 2014

This article, posted to Sense About Science, states “People are still being misled by chemical myths. This needs to stop. We urge everyone to stop repeating misconceptions about chemicals. The presence of a chemical isn’t a reason for alarm. The effect of a chemical depends on the dose“.

They have created a […]

Dr Oz admits no proof Garcinia works

Posted 08 July 2014

“Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor who frequently extols weight-loss products on his syndicated television show, got a harsh scolding from several senators on Tuesday at a hearing about bogus diet product ads.” “‘I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true.’”

An article […]

Kwakke, kwinte en kwale

Posted 24 June 2014

George Claasen, a journalist and a Professor of Journalism at Stellenbosch University, has written a book on scams and pseudoscience. Titled, Kwakke, kwinte en kwale, the book has become a best seller. In this video, he is interviewed for the television program, Kwela on KykNet, by Coenie de Villiers, on the […]

Are Diet Pills an Aggressively Marketed Scam?

Posted 19 June 2014

This article, from the The Huffington Post, written by Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D., examines the evidence for diet pills and asks whether they are only but scams?


Making Sense of Chemical Stories

Posted 20 May 2014

From the Sense about Science website:

Leading scientists, toxicologists and dieticians debunk common chemical misconceptions

People are still being misled by chemical myths. This needs to stop. We urge everyone to stop repeating misconceptions about chemicals.

Here are the 6 main points made:

You can’t lead a chemical-free life […]

Should medical students be taught alternative medicine?

Posted 29 April 2014

Of the many arguments regarding alternative medicine, is whether it should be taught to medical students.

In these two opposing points of view, published in the British Medical Journal, this point is aired. Of course two short articles cannot sufficiently put flesh on the debate but still, these are worth reading.


The portrayal of slimness through design

Posted 25 March 2014

This research article, titled “The portrayal of slimness through design : an analysis of a misleading weight loss advertisement : research article” written by Rudi De Lange, Tshwane University of Technology, was published in the South African Journal of Art History (2013;28(2):72-84.

The abstract reads:

The portrayal of the ultra-thin […]