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u/mr_bacon_pants · 2 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Another reference is The One-Minute Cure: The Secret to Healing Virtually All Diseases, which is a book (more like a pamphlet) that tells you how to do a protocol of taking h2o2 orally. Aside from the snake oil, miracle cure book title, it has a ton of positive reviews that all read like "I was paid to say this." Though I don't know anyone with a disease who has tried, successfully or not, treating it with h2o2 so I can't say. But if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

u/AnalogKid2112 · 34 pointsr/IsItBullshit

"Psychologists should stop saying that IQ tests measure intelligence. They should say that IQ tests measure abstract problem-solving ability."

That's a quote from the book IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea. Basically, IQ tests are good at measuring your aptitude at one or two aspects of intelligence. That's it. They don't measure how successful you will be, how you will perform under pressure, or other incredibly important traits like work ethic, social skills, ambition, and integrity.

There's seemingly an epidemic of kids being told they are geniuses when they are young, then growing up and being disheartened because it hasn't gotten them anywhere. Some will blame the school system or their parents or society for not harnessing their raw genius. I think the more likely explanation is that IQ itself isn't a good evaluation of intelligence and certainly not a good predictor of future success or happiness.

With that said, if you do have an IQ in that range (I only say if because the tests themselves are often flawed and prone to proctoring errors), it means you have a decent foundation for pursuing your interests. A high IQ isn't a trait you can just fall back on, but it will help when combined with a drive to sharpen your skills and better yourself.

u/harry_lawson · 9 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Complete bullshit. I’d just like to ask why you have to ask your mom to shave? You’re old enough to buy yourself some razors, dude. On the subject, I’d suggest a good double edge safety razor and some good shaving cream - it’s much better for sensitive, teenage skin and is just cheaper in the long run (the refill razor blades are like 10 cents each).

u/ZendoVajra · 3 pointsr/IsItBullshit

It's not bullshit.

I recommend this for the science behind it: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living

Some of the newer papers:

Easy read on the newest papers on the subject:

Basically it comes down to ketogenesis: If you starve your body of carbs (less than 20g a day) you will deplete the carbohydrate storage in the cells, as it gets less the liver will gradually start increasing the production of ketone bodies to run the various metabolic processes instead. Ketones are made by breaking down fatty acids dissolved in the blood stream.

It worked wonders for me, not in the weight loss aspect (was lean already), but got increased energy, mental clarity and better sleep.

u/javaxnerd · 2 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Some herbs have active effects on the body. But usually, if something works, they can refine a drug out of it that has a more precisely controlled dose and therefore safer and more effective. e.g. Asprin. Also if you buy herbal medicine often distributors give you the wrong herb or some adulterated mix that could be unsafe. And you should always consult with a GP, especially if say, you're pregnant or something.

You might want to read Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine for better information than I can give here.

TL;DR: Not really a "BS" or "Not-BS" case. Herbal medicine might work, probably stay away to be safe or consult your GP.

Side-note: often times people confuse homoeopathy with herbal medicine. Homoeopathy is 100% BS inert non-treatment and contains no herbs.

u/sammyjamez · 4 pointsr/IsItBullshit

can you please explain then? I only read about this in a book that I am reading right now called The Big Questions in Science: The Quest to Solve the Great Unknowns

u/CBLF · 3 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Chamomile, Lavender and Passionflower have poor evidence in favor of helping with insomnia, while Valerian has some evidence that it helps (Singh & Ernst, 2008, p. 235). As always, consult a doctor if you want to treat insomnia.

u/owheelj · 2 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Wikipedia suggests it's bullshit;

I guess looking at the Wikipedia stats, it's plausible that if you group countries by dominate religion then Muslim wins, but all the top countries are secular, rather than religion dominated, and Islam would only be ahead of those if you're counting them as Christian because of all the low scoring developing world Christian countries.

This book (and he has an essay somewhere with the basic facts) shows that countries that have the lowest religious participation rates have the highest life satisfaction, life expectancy, education rates, and per capita wealth.

u/MatacBlunt · 46 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Here's what you're referring to: the book The Myth of Millionaire Tax Flight: How Place Still Matters for the Rich by Christobal Young. Here's a short version of the book. Millionaires and billionaires in the US and Worldwide don't actually leave their homes that much and stay where they have jobs or businesses, in general where they live.
The thing is, that the US and other developed nations should pursue not simply taxing the richest of the rich, but also the crackdown on tax havens.

u/sixtyearths · 1 pointr/IsItBullshit

Offit, Paul A., M.D., Do You Believe in Magic? [amazon link, $6] The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, 2013

Do You Believe in Magic, Page 60:

In response to the study, Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic, said, “The concept of multivitamins was sold to Americans by an eager nutraceutical industry to generate profits. There was never any scientific data supporting their usage.” On October 25, a headline in the Wall Street Journal asked, “Is This the End of Popping Vitamins?”

Studies haven’t hurt sales. In 2010, the vitamin industry grossed $28 billion, up 4.4 percent from the year before. “The thing to do with [these reports] is just ride them out,” said Joseph Fortunato, chief executive of General Nutrition Centers. “We see no impact on our business.”

How could this be? Given that free radicals clearly damage cells—and given that people who eat diets rich in substances that neutralize free radicals are healthier—why did studies of supplemental antioxidants show they were harmful? The most likely explanation is that free radicals aren’t as evil as advertised. Although it’s clear that free radicals can damage DNA and disrupt cell membranes, that’s not always a bad thing. People need free radicals to kill bacteria and eliminate new cancer cells. But when people take large doses of antioxidants, the balance between free radical production and destruction might tip too much in one direction, causing an unnatural state in which the immune system is less able to kill harmful invaders. Researchers have called this “the antioxidant paradox.” Whatever the reason, the data are clear: high doses of vitamins and supplements increase the risk of heart disease and cancer; for this reason, not a single national or international organization responsible for the public’s health recommends them.

Page 122:

...At the heart of the problem are mitochondria, small organelles in every cell that release free radicals while converting nutrients to energy. Because converting nutrients to energy is necessary for life—and because that process produces the free radicals that eventually kill us—we are, in effect, born to die…

Olshansky, Hayflick, and Carnes published their critique of anti-aging medicines in Scientific American in 2002...Although studies of antioxidants were just getting started, and they didn’t yet know the results, what they wrote was an ominous predictor of the future: “ […] But eliminating all free radicals would kill us, because they perform certain necessary intermediary steps in biochemical reactions.” And that’s exactly what happened. Studies have now shown that people who take large quantities of vitamins and dietary supplements with antioxidant activity are more likely to have cancer and heart disease and die sooner.

Offit, Paul A., M.D., Do You Believe in Magic? [amazon link, $6] The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, 2013

u/catchierlight · 9 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Interestingly enough many defectors converted to Islam and this was actually related to their motivations in defecting, they felt that this permitted them more freedom and was in opposition in its stark difference from the crown and being subjugated to it ("only to the will of Allah will I submit..." learned this from this fantastic book

u/Dylan_Ram_Brick · 7 pointsr/IsItBullshit

As an alternative, you can buy a quality safety razor, and then blades are as low as 16 cents a piece when you buy them in a pack of 100 from Amazon. I bought this razor for $30 and I get one week's use per blade, so after the initial investment of $30 we are looking at 16 cents per week.



u/zyonker · 1 pointr/IsItBullshit

Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstacy

>pg. 114: "Because LSD is so potent and so easily dissolved, it is most often diluted and dissolved in liquid and then absorbed into a piece of blotter paper. No other drug is potent enough to be used in this form. Most of the LSD sold in this format is synthesized in just a few laboratories in northern California, and the product is almost invariably pure LSD...LSD is also sold in gelatin squares (window pane) and in tiny pills (microdots)."
>"...the hallucinogenic and toxic effects of lysergic acid derivatives have been recognized for thousands of years. Certian species of morning glory seeds that provided a drug called ololuiqui or tlitlitzin in Mexico contain a related chemical, lysergic acid alcoholic beverage made by extraction of the seeds with a favorite form of alcohol will cause an LSD-like hallucinatory experience."


u/amaxen · 5 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Pigs were banned because they were in an enviornment with very little water. Pigs like to tear up the topsoil to make a wallow and grub after roots and things. This doesn't matter if you're in a rainforest like most of Europe, but in the ME, the pigs would tear up the topsoil, and it would dry out and blow away. Source

u/Thatsitdanceoff · 7 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Not OP but here's a little of related information:

It helps fix insulin resistance

It's good for your heart

This book by Dr Taubes is a science based argument that you must have Windows of time without insulin in your blood in order to lose weight. It even gives examples on scenarios in which people and animals have been starved over long periods of time without losing weight.

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

Lots of other articles out there just google for more info.

I think the first guy was right just showed no proof.

u/aanzklla · 2 pointsr/IsItBullshit

This legend is so famous it made it into American Folklore: An Encyclopedia.

> their first two years of university work is the belief that there is a standard waiting period for a professor who does not arrive punctually. The most common system requires students to wait five minutes for an instructor, ten for an assistant professor, fifteen for an associate professor, and twenty for a full professor, although one also hears of ten minutes for a non-Ph.D., twenty for a Ph.D., fifteen for most faculty, all period if necessary for a full professor.

Brunvand, Jan Harold. American Folklore: An Encyclopedia (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) (Kindle Locations 669-672). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.

Look up under Academia, the first entry.

tl;dr It's bull.

u/WVPrepper · 0 pointsr/IsItBullshit

According to Darien Cooper it is the opposite...