Category Archives: Anti-science

Say No to YES – Flower Essence

I know that Americans are big on believing that foreign things are somehow mystical, magical things, but my Japanese colleague showed the opposite stereotype when she bought some alternative medicine during a trip to America. When she came back, she asked me to check what it does and how it works. It is a liquid in a small vial, administered by taking a drop of the substance and putting it on your tongue. Being Japanese, she admitted that she couldn’t fully read the information on their English website, but thought that at the very least, the product couldn’t be harmful. The brand is “Yarrow Environmental Solution” (YES), and I decided to use the opportunity to highlight the kinds of things alternative medicine purveyors do to pussy-foot around the fact that their products are not supported by science. This is a brief analysis of the red flags for the “flower essence” product that is prospering.

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Oz and Eastern Wizardry

Mehmet Oz, or “Dr. Oz,” as he’s known on TV, is a brilliant ivy-league educated surgeon, who has saved many lives in the operating room. He’s well respected in America, where he started appearing on Oprah in 2004, and debuted The Dr. Oz Show in September 2009. He has also written books on topics such as dieting, staying young, beauty, child-birth, and overall healthy living. He seems to be a medical jack-of-all-trades, though I never paid much attention to him until I saw his January 6 show from 2010, where he stood out by introducing an alternative medicine technique called “reiki.” It wasn’t the only alternative medicine there, but it particularly caught my attention. Much to my dismay, after investigating further, I learnt that this well-educated, well-spoken doctor is in bed with the alternative medicine industry. Literally.

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