Blog Archives for February 2015

Epilepsy “Cures”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 24, 2015

New York City directories listed Henry Root, Patent Medicines, from as early as 1881 until 1913 or possibly later. Sometimes calling himself “Dr.” Root, he offered a “cure” for epilepsy—only one among many.

A Parisian Patent Medicine

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 18, 2015

Recently acquired for my collection of paranormal and pseudoscience artifacts is a rather curious bottle.

Pictures (For Diana)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 12, 2015

 

Science Slams “Supplements”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 10, 2015

Like the snake-oil products of yesteryear, which ran afoul of the 1907 Food and Drug Act, today’s “herbal dietary supplements” were dealt a severe blow in New York state when the attorney general ordered four major, national retailers to stop selling such store-brand products. Concluded the state’s top lawman, Eric T. Schneiderman: “Misbranding, contamination and false advertising are illegal. They also pose unacceptable risk to New York families—especially those with allergies to hidden ingredients.”

RIDDLEculous VI

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
February 03, 2015

More funny riddles with a science/critical-thinking angle.