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Bogus Science

19 articles

The Devil's Bait

Exploring the riddle of Morgellons disease: sufferers feel things crawling under their skin and hardly anyone believes them.


Bad to the Bone

A medical device company experiments on humans.


I'm Dying to Meet You in the Next Life

An essay on Alcor – “the Arizona cryonics company that has put the body of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams in cryogenic suspension, in the hope he may one day rise again” – and the desire to live forever.


Healing Spirits

On the uneasy relationship between magic and medicine.


Do Fingerprints Lie?

Controversy over the alleged gold standard of forensic evidence.


Operation Midnight Climax

How the CIA, under a program called MK-ULTRA, used a San Francisco apartment to dose johns with LSD.



An investigation into Erin Brockovich and the lawsuits that made her famous.


Weird Science

The story of dog-scent lineup innovator Keith Pikett and the not-so-scientific science behind forensics.


The Choke Artist

Henry Heimlich saved untold choking victimes when he invented his maneuver in 1974. Since then, he’s searched in vain for another miracle treatment—pushing ethical boundaries along the way. Now at the end of his career, Heimlich has hired an investigator to find an anonymous critic working full-time to destroy his legacy.


What if It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?

The American medical establishment has gone to extraordinary lengths—some of which read like conspiracy theory—to discredit the notion (and its most visible promoter, Dr. Atkins) that carbohydrates, not fat, are the cause of obesity. It looks like they were wrong.


The Panic Virus

On the expanding community of American parents who believe, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, that there is a link between routine vaccinations and autism.


Instant Detox

How to kick heroin in 24 hours.


The Doctor Will Sue You Know

Mattathias Rath made a fortune selling cure-all vitamins in Europe before moving his business to South Africa, where he launched a massive campaign against retroviral AIDS medications and in favor of his own vitamin cocktails. When scientists, AIDS non-profits, and even Medecins San Frontieres objected, he sued.


The Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal

From the 1940s through the early 70s, incoming freshman at Harvard, Yale, Vassar, Wellesley, and several other top schools were photographed nude in the name of science–bogus science, as it turned out. Most of the photos were destroyed, but not all.


Inhaling the Spore

A trip to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles.


Huff Po is crazy about your health

The cozy relationship between “the internet newspaper” and bogus medicine.


Hot for Creature

Fifteen years ago, William Dranginis saw Bigfoot. He’s still trying to prove it.


Hot Air

Why don’t TV weathermen believe in climate change?


Farewell then, Dr Andrew Wakefield

The doctor behind the autism-vaccine uproar is removed from the General Medical Council for being “dishonest,” “misleading” and “irresponsible” in his research into the MMR vaccine.