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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Quack!

I came across a website called the Quackometer: Experiments and Thoughts on Quackery, Health Beliefs and Pseudoscience. I'm not making a statement about my beliefs, one way or another, about homeopathy (the primary focus of the siteowner), I just thought the site was interesting and thought I'd share it.

If you have some thoughts about quackery, you may want to explore a book, which we have in our collection, called The Healthy Skeptic: Cutting Through the Hype About Your Health by Robert J. Davis [613 DAV]. From the publisher's synopsis:
This treasure trove of little-known facts, written by a seasoned health reporter, provides invaluable tips, tools, and resources to help readers think more critically about what they're being told. Becoming a healthy skeptic is vital, Davis argues, because following the right advice can have a profound impact on overall health and longevity.
Always Follow the Elephants: More Surprising Facts and Misleading Myths about Our Health and the World We Live In by New York Times columnist, Anahad O'Connor, is another book that will provide information about medical claims. It is on order and should be on the "New Books" shelves in a few weeks.

If pseudoscience intrigues you, we have Voodoo Science: The Road from Foolishness to Fraud by Robert L. Park [509 PAR]. The title alone was enough to make me pick up the book!

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