The Science Babe Rules for Bullshit Detection

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It’s been a crazy week behind the scenes here in Sciencebabetopia. The homeopathy debunking video was intended to be a supplement to last week’s Weekly Woo, and now, between the Daily Mail and YouTube, about a quarter of a million people have seen it. (What happened to my life? I’m just a chemist who wanted to show you funny pictures of my dog and stop you from buying sugar pills!)

 

I should have a big announcement coming regarding that soon, but first… Again, how is the petition only at 1.5k signatures? We can throw down a few more, right? https://www.change.org/p/walgreens-stop-selling-homeopathic-remedies.

 

So today’s Weekly Woo is Science Babe’s Top Ten Rules of Bullshit Detection. A lot of people have made versions of these and they’re wonderful, but… My site? My rules. This is a little specific to the type of bullshit we fight over here, but it’s pretty well applicable to medical, health, fitness, and general pseudoscientific bullshit. Without further ado…

 

  1. If they mention toxins or a cleanse…

  2. If they tell you the FDA/Starbucks/your doctor/Reptillians/”THEY” are making a fortune on you so you can’t trust them…

  3. So instead, pay for their organic, natural, GMO-free (now gluten free!) product to save you (for 30% more)…

  4. If they can’t describe what it cures and how in one sentence (and they’re selling it)…

  5. If they call themselves a doctor and you have to look really hard on their website to find a statement that says (1) “these statements are not meant to cure, treat, or diagnose,” or (2) they’re a chiropractor…

  6. Her name is Kate Tietje and she runs a site called Modern Alternative Mama…

  7. If the stories of a product working are anecdotal at best and there are zero reproducible results in the form of peer reviewed studies…

  8. If their product is a panacea that cures everything, from premature ejaculation to cancer…

  9. It’s a medical treatment for something hard to cure yet it’s incredibly simple and the first time you’re hearing about it is on an unheard of blog or daytime TV…

  10. If you have to hunt really hard to find one study out of 100,000 to support your claims…

 

It’s probably bullshit.

 

Demand proof like your health depends on it. Because it does.

 

Now go forth and don’t get fooled into buying sugar pills, spending more on organic, or detoxing.  Your body detoxifies itself everyday. Know how I’m sure of this? The toilet paper industry is a thing.

 

Happy weekend, shill army.

 

-Science Babe.

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  1. One of the places on my way to school is now advertising gluten-free tire changes. I keep hoping it’ll wake people up to the concept of spurious/irrelevant claims.

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