Naturopathy: A Critical Analysis
May 12, 2004 by

Naturopathy is the most eclectic of “alternative” practices. It has changed its methods in response to popular fads and beliefs. It practices no pool of consistent diagnostic or therapeutic methods. The most notable things that unite its practitioners are a penchant for magical thinking, a weak grasp of basic science, and a rejection of scientific …

Why Bogus Therapies Often Seem to Work
July 24, 2003 by

Subtle forces can lead intelligent people (both patients and therapists) to think that a treatment has helped someone when it has not. This is true for new treatments in scientific medicine, as well as for nostrums in folk medicine, fringe practices in “alternative medicine,” and the ministrations of faith healers. Many dubious methods remain on …

How Graphology Fools People
August 29, 2002 by

To the casual observer, handwriting analysis enjoys greater plausibility than other occult or pseudoscientific ways of reading personality. Take astrology or palmistry, for instance. It is hard for a thinking person today to imagine how the stars or creases on the palm could affect human behavior. But it seems at least possible that, inasmuch as …