Blog - Skeptical Thinking
In Defense of Science & Reason
I’ve generally avoided politics on our website, but on Friday, December 15, the Washington Post reported one of the most horrifying & terrifying items to yet emerge from the Trump Administration, and I can no longer be silent. I believe that the very foundation of our nation is under deliberate attack, and every opportunity must be […]Read more
Why is Oil Pulling a Waste of Time?
It simply astounds me how blindly people accept “natural” remedies without any proof except personal testimonials, all while they proclaim that “real science” has been co-opted by greedy individuals and companies. The current fad of “Oil Pulling” is certainly one of the biggest examples of snake oil holistic mumbo-jumbo quackery to grace the surface of […]Read more
Book Review: “The Death of Expertise” by Tom Nichols
If you’ve been reading this blog over the last few years, you’ll certainly have noticed a pattern: a reliance on established, peer-reviewed science and critical thinking. Whether the topic is GMO vs. organic vs. conventional food, cavity prevention, cancer, juicing, or flossing, I always rely on expertise, accumulated and tested knowledge, and consensus over anecdotes, one-off […]Read more
Why Can’t Dentists Cure Cavities or Regrow Enamel?
I’ve previously discussed why you can’t cure cavities, but recent research sounds promising, so it’s a good time to review. In addition, there were some good points raised in the comments of the previous article that deserve more attention. Be warned: lots of bullet lists ahead as I break it down. 😀 Recap: Why We Currently Can’t Grow Dentin […]Read more
2015: A Review of this Charlotte Dentist’s Blogs
Back in 2014, I was kind of a blogging machine, with 29 total blog articles published that year. In 2015, partially due to some neck/shoulder problems, I wasn’t able to write nearly as much, as I had to stay away from the keyboard for several months, but I still did publish 15 total articles. Five […]Read more
Food Myths Abound – Ignore Them & Just Enjoy Eating
Before diving in, please understand that this is a very incomplete review of a truly superb book about the realities of health and nutrition. I could write so much more but ultimately stopped so as to not write a book of my own. However, I HIGHLY recommend this book! Dr. Payet MSG. Salt. Fat. Adkins. […]Read more