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Is that a fact? : frauds, quacks, and the real science of everyday life

Author: Joseph A Schwarcz
Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Organic is better for you .. no, it's not. Scientists just discovered a miracle weight-loss food... no, wait, it's actually bad for you. Schwarcz help you separate fact from fiction amid the storm of misinformation that today's media throws at us.
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
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Additional Physical Format: Schwarcz, Joe, author.
Is that a fact?.
(CaOONL)2013907760X
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph A Schwarcz
ISBN: 1770411909 9781770411906
OCLC Number: 858660862
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 285 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: In the beginning. Is that a fact? ; Chance favors the prepared mind ; The chemistry of our world is too complex to be simplified ; Callers have questions... --
Black. Quackery is not an issue to duck ; The "cancer conspiracy" ; Yikes, I'm infested! ; Full of it ; Poking into the pukeweed doctor ; Vinegar claims leave a sweet and sour taste ; Diagnosing pathological science ; Mountebanks ; Double helix water ; Fakes, phonies, and impostors ; The trouble with homeopathy ; Seeing is believing ; A look at Braco the Gazer ; Celebrities and cerebral claptrap ; Rhinoceros horn is useful--
for its original owner ; The skinny on the HCG weight loss scheme ; Doctors who kill --
Gray. Fishy claims for fish oil supplements ; Swallowing blueberries, apples, and hype ; An antidote to the poisonous tomato legend ; Leeches then and now ; Crying wolf ; What's for dinner? ; Twinkies, M&Ms, and weight loss ; The rise, fall, and possible rise of tropical oils ; Thinking about coconut oil ; Free radicals bad, antioxidants good : is that so? ; A Health and Education Act? Really? ; Apple picking of data leaves a bad taste ; Deer antlers could have athletes skating on thin ice ; The questionable wizardry of Dr. Oz ; Breatharians and nutritarians ; Pink slime--
Jamie Oliver chooses the wrong bone to pick ; Quackery can tarnish silver's medical luster ; Salt therapy ; The funny business of selling water ; Buckyballs roll into the pit of folly ; Scientists smell a rat in French GMO rat study --
White. It's in the can! ; A natural conundrum ; Out of the mouths of babes ; Cats, calamities, and static cling ; Chemistry in the spotlight--
for a tragic reason ; Just ironing things out ; Meat production : a smelly business ; Reflecting on the history of mirrors ; Dry ice--
it's sublime! ; The cuddle chemical versus personality ; Lighter, brighter, safer! ; Chemical demonstrations can get mighty hot ; The many faces of neoprene ; From twitching worms to non-browning apples ; A squeeze on orange juice production ; Sleeping gas--
it's a dream! ; The electrifying lectures of Sir Humphry Davy ; The ups and downs of antibiotics ; The saga of the flaming rocks ; Popping off about gluten-free Rice Krispies ; Geyser gets a little help from chemistry ; Possums and kiwis ; Beep...beep...it's Moscow calling! ; Be glad they're asking about liquids and gels ; Smashing atoms to smithereens ; Justice full of beans ; Of mice and men and apples and oranges ; Imported fruit may harbor terrorists ; The mesmerizing power of belief --
In the end. Our posthumous footprint.
Responsibility: Dr. Joe Schwarcz.

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Organic is better for you .. no, it's not. Scientists just discovered a miracle weight-loss food... no, wait, it's actually bad for you. Schwarcz help you separate fact from fiction amid the storm of misinformation that today's media throws at us.

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