The Problem With Being Normal

Hello, my name is Normal

Many of us remember the desperate desire to fit into the crowd during our formative years, perhaps even to the point of doing things that in retrospect were not such a clever idea (I’m lookin’ at you, Barbed Wire Tattoo). And then, as we get a bit older and wiser, with the benefit of varying amounts of soul-searching adventures and …

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Acupuncture, Science based medicine, and UFOs

Dear Dr Crislip, Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I know you are a very busy man with many responsibilities and I really appreciate you taking the time to read and respond to my questions, as silly as they might seem to someone as accomplished and prestigious as yourself. After reading through your response several times, it appears …

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Dear Science Based Medicine, Just a Few Questions About Acupuncture

The folks at the Society for Science Based Medicine have some strongly negative views about acupuncture. I’m fairly sure that none of them have actually tried it, but acupuncture sounds pretty unscientific, doesn’t it? Anyways, I’m sure they’re right about everything (groups with ‘Science’ in the title always are) but I just wanted to get clarification on a couple of things.

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Migraines, Acupuncture and Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Glamorous History of Botox for Migraines Like many important discoveries, this one happened quite by accident . . . In the early 1990s, most people agreed that electively having a toxic nerve agent injected into your face was probably a pretty bad idea on the whole, even if it did smooth out your wrinkles. But by the eve of the …

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How to Win an Argument with an Acupuncture Hater

““How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.” ― Benjamin Disraeli Disclaimer: I am an acupuncturist and this article has a pro-acupuncture leaning. Phew, now that we got that out of the way . . . Over the last few decades, acupuncture has gone mainstream in the West. With a growing evidence-base, a sparkling safety profile, …

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Confused about vaccines? Important Lessons from a ‘Scientist’

The other day, the most disturbing thing happened to me. I found out that I was being lied to. And not just about something trivial, but about an issue of the utmost importance to my family’s and community’s health, not to mention my own. I had been lied to about the un-safety-ness of vaccines. You see, I had been under …

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5 Useful Things I learned from Having My Genome Tested

What if someone could look inside of you and tell you exactly what you should be eating? You could ignore the fad diets, forget about this year’s “low-carb”, “low-protein”, “low-whatever” hysteria. You could graciously step off the “egg” merry-go-round and ignore the persistent rally cries of the “fat in food” debates. You would know exactly what to eat to effortlessly keep …

6 Reasons You Have IBS

6 Reasons You Have IBS “We couldn’t find anything wrong. All of your tests are normal. You have IBS.” Unfortunately, these unhelpful words are uttered to millions of people across the globe. There’s little more disheartening than being told that no cause could be found for your painful and debilitating symptoms. And what’s worse, you feel like people think it’s …

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How Your Thoughts Affect Your Digestion

Highlights Digestion begins in your brain when you think about food, before you even start eating Stomach acid secretion, release of digestive enzymes, and proper movement of food through the digestive tract all rely on this system to work properly This first phase of digestion, called the cephalic phase, only works properly when you are relaxed and paying attention to …