Trump Puts the Squeeze on Science at the FDA
September 1, 2020 by

Those of us intrepid enough to still follow the news probably already know that a recent reversal by the FDA in the face of pressure from Donald Trump has experts alarmed that the agency’s reliability and political independence is in jeopardy. I don’t have to tell you how bad that is, but I will anyway: …

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Conspiracies Grow as COVID Spreads
August 21, 2020 by

Conspiracies are common, especially during times of stress and social upheaval. So far in 2020, America has seen a confluence of stressors, including the COVID-19 pandemic and race riots across the country. As of this writing, there’s no clear end in sight for either.  There are many facets to the problem, and one of the …

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The Truth About Covid Parties
July 7, 2020 by

This is the seventh in a series of original articles on the Covid-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  Recent rumors and news reports have circulated claiming that …

Nootropic Brain Supplements
The Truth About Nootropic Brain Supplements and Brain Power
May 29, 2020 by

Nootropic substances—from the Greek words meaning “mind-bending” –are ingestible chemicals often promoted for their cognitive enhancing properties (Jasanoff 2018). According to companies selling nootropic products, benefits of using the products include prevention of cognitive decline, enhanced memory, increased learning, improved concentration, and rapid cognition. Nootropic drugs include stimulants like amphetamine and methylphenidate, marketed under the …

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The COVID-19 ‘Empty Hospital’ Conspiracies
April 29, 2020 by

This is the fourth in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  There are countless coronavirus conspiracy claims circulating, ranging from …

Why Can’t We Have Nice Things? Because of You, That’s Why.
April 29, 2020 by

I should start by saying I don’t necessarily mean you, the reader. I hope, and the fact you are reading CFI stuff indicates this is likely, you don’t fall into this category. But we all know some, and probably way too many of them. There’s your uncle or cousin who causes embarrassment every year at …

COVID-19 Fears: Overreaction, Underreaction, and Unity
April 6, 2020 by

This is the second in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its Coronavirus Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information. There have been many pandemics throughout history, but none …

Can Naturopathic Doctors Combat COVID-19?
March 31, 2020 by

Last week, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) announced that it urges government officials coordinating the national COVID-19 pandemic response to utilize all licensed healthcare professionals, including naturopathic doctors (NDs) “to support other medical professionals in changing the trajectory of this public health crisis.”  Yes, we’re facing shortages of health care workers to respond …

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Fear Itself: COVID-19, Media Literacy, and Social Media Distancing
March 25, 2020 by

This is the first in a series of original articles on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Inquiry as part of its COVID-19 Resource Center, created to help the public address the crisis with evidence-based information. Please check back periodically for updates and new information.  There’s a natural—almost Pavlovian—tendency to follow the news closely, …

Exercise for Cognitive Health
Why Exercise Is Good for the Brain
September 30, 2019 by

Computerized brain training games and dietary supplements will make your brain healthier, and you will get smarter—according to companies selling those products. There are many products aimed at improving brain health and cognition, but research is inconclusive regarding the benefits of many of these products. So what has been shown to enhance brain functioning?  Exercise …