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Snake Oil

Is Fish Oil The New Snake Oil?

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2012 | Health News
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Even though I am more at risk for a panic attack than a heart attack, I still assumed that taking a daily dose of fish oil would protect me from the day that I keel over from eating too much take-out Chinese food. Is it worth the cost and fishy breath that comes with taking fish oil supplements, or is this just another pharmacological pipedream?

Questioning The 'Guardians Of Science'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.31.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So while I suppose I am indulging in some self-defense, I am far more concerned with defending science. Because the self-proclaimed guardians of science are denigrating it, every day.

Mourning in America: Death of the Middle Class

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The deficit, the Social Security shortfall, difficulties with Medicare -- they could all be solved if the nation returned to taxing policies that existed under Republican President Eisenhower, when the rate on top earners was 91 percent.

When Voters Find Out They've Been Conned

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The same people who paid for the midterm election ads playing on middle class economic insecurity are the people who made the middle class insecure in the first place. This will become cruelly obvious with the new Congress.

Snake Oil Medicine

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

Acupuncture doesn't hurt anybody. Many believe that it works. While "believe" might be the operative word there, the evidence to satisfy the skeptics isn't here yet.

I Oppose Obama's Healthcare Reform (and You Should Too) Because It Does Not Reform Healthcare

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

ObamaCare is a boondoggle, plain and simple. It is a political approach coupled with a self-proclaimed solution for a medical problem. It is snake oil, not an evidence-based treatment.

Oprah Backlash in Newsweek

Lee Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lee Schneider

Oprah does cover some fringe stuff that is wacky and sometimes wrong. But I think she's right to do it. Here's why.

Hogwash Alert: How to Survive the Pandemic of Swine Flu Scams and Swindle

Ben Sherwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Sherwood

Long before you'd ever come down with swine flu, you'll be exposed to another kind of virus sweeping the world: A global outbreak of online scams preying on your fears of the so-called aporkalypse.