Pizzagate Is Why We Need Skepticism

If you don’t live in DC, you probably associate Washington with national politics and all its current associated nastiness. But, believe it or not, those of us who actually live here are regular people too, just getting our kids to school, going to work and even going out for pizza once in awhile. So when a man …

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The Real Housewives of Wooville

I’ve given up a lot since becoming a skeptic. I’ve stayed away from Whole Foods. Left behind some seriously tasty GMO-free chips. I can’t even read a Mark Bittman recipe anymore, and I used to live by his frittatas, okay? But now pseudoscience is threatening something essential to the very …

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Why Vaccines Should Be Mandatory (Hint: Food Babe, Mercola, & Google U)

My colleague Erich recently wrote a superb post responding point-by-point to anti-vaccine nonsense at Modern Alternative Mama. He puts forth some solid arguments that I predominantly agree with. The main point on which we respectfully disagree: “I also feel strongly that parents, not should, but MUST have the right to …

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I’m a Flaming Idiot

We are lucky enough to have a child who is fabulously healthy: no trips to the emergency room, very few sleepless nights and only mild cases of childhood illnesses. But there have been a few occasions when a respiratory tract infection has turned into an ear infection. And ear infections …

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My Pediatrician Said What?

You could treat her cold with something homeopathic? It was the last thing I expected out of the mouth of my pediatrician. Or was it? Suddenly I’m Chazz Palminteri at the end of The Usual Suspects. Bits and pieces of our past conversations are now in sharp relief: Takoma Park …