A study presented to the National Cancer Institute shows that taking vitamins C and E may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin looked at prostate cancer cells and their response to male hormones. Read the rest of this entry »

Deactivating Sperm’s Tail Could Be Key to Unisex Contraceptive, New Research Says

Taking the wiggle out of a sperm’s tail may be key to creating a new contraceptive that doesn’t involve hormones and can be taken by either a man or a woman, say scientists in Boston.

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Healthy skepticism — the tendency to disbelieve — is often a commendable impetus to learning (represented by the maxim “Look before you leap”). But mystical “skeptics” hold that attempts to verify claims or justify actions are futile processes because everything is open to doubt or interpretation. Thus, in alternative healthcare, mystical practitioners and their patients are the sole arbiters of treatment efficacy and put whatever feels right to them on a therapeutic pedestal.

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In the 1990 issue of Skeptical Inquirer, Erik Strommen wrote: “Alternative health philosophies, taken as a group, seem a veritable Tower of Babel. They represent a confusing democracy of beliefs, jargon and ritual that together comprise an indistinct, overlapping collection of ideas.” Terms such as “alternative,” “complementary,” “extentional,” “fringe,” “holistic,” “innovative,” “mind/body,” “nontraditional,” “unconventional” and “unorthodox” merely convey that alternative healthcare is somehow different from regular healthcare.

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