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Too bad people aren’t allergic to getting medical advice from the Internet

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Allergy specialists are annoyed with the internet misinformation about gluten, hypoallergenic dogs, mold and food allergies. They want you to go to an EXPERT with regards to allergies, not look for answers from unreliable, fear mongering sources. Allergy myths busted: Guess what you didn’t know about gluten? – TODAY.com. Two truths about allergies that may…

Norwegian store packaged meat as severed human limbs for Halloween prank

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Ewww. Yuck, but funny. Halloween Pranks 2013: Norway Store Issues Apology After Stuffing Meat Freezers With Fake Bloody, Severed Limbs [PHOTOS] A store in Norway has issued an apology after receiving several complaints from customers who were offended by their method of getting into the Halloween spirit. Europris, a Norwegian discount store, stuffed their meat…

Ugh, bad news, the slime oozed out – Trudeau free

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He’s too slippery to hold… TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau released from jail — again – Chicago Tribune. Kevin Trudeau, who spent the last week at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, was warned by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman that he could face perjury charges ‘if there are any other assets that are discovered or turned up…

Trudeau “values wealth more than freedom”

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Pitchman Kevin Trudeau again ordered to jail – chicagotribune.com but not until Tuesday. A smiling Trudeau left the court allowed to attend a defense fundraiser before he is order to an indefinite jail term until he fesses up where his money is hidden. On Wednesday, an exasperated U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman ordered the best-selling author…

Color me skeptical about this dye job

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Moms petition on Change.org to remove artificial dyes. They believe it makes their kids hyperactive. I’m skeptical. Moms Petition Mars To Remove Artificial Dyes From M&M’s : The Salt : NPR. “In this petition, I’m asking Mars to change to natural colorings,” mom Renee Shutters told me by phone. “It’s very doable.” Shutters, who lives…

What you want might not be in there but what you don’t want just may be

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A study to be published Friday in the journal BMC Medicine concludes that people taking herbals and dietary supplements are not always getting what they pay for. Herbal remedies study: Natural products often mislabelled | Toronto Star. [W]hen scientists from the University of Guelph scoured the DNA in a number of herbal products, they found…

Acute liver failure reported with connection to dietary supplement (UPDATE)

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Originally published Oct 4, 2013 See updates below Healthy adults trying to lose weight or gain muscle have experienced acute hepatitis or liver failure possibly from a dietary supplement. The federal shutdown is hampering efforts to investigate the cause. More cases of liver failure linked to diet supplement – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and…

Credit card robocallers masquerading as ‘Teachers Phone’

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This is so smart and evil. There is a special circle of hell for robo-call telemarketers. A New Telemarketer Tactic: Impersonating Teachers | Credit.com Blog. Caller ID isn’t always what it appears, and increasingly, criminal telemarketers are taking advantage of that. Aggressive phone sales operators have pretended to be the IRS, and they’ve pretended to…

New ghost hunting store aims to serve weekend hobbyists

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Ghost hunting is a business opportunity. New store caters to ghost hunters | www.daytondailynews.com. [T]here’s actually no better time to open a store like Ghost Hunting Source — arguably the only place around where you can buy an electromagnetic field detector, an infrared camera and a dowsing rod all in a single shopping trip —…

Can Kevin Trudeau talk his way out of jail? (UPDATE: Released from jail)

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Right where he belongs. Infomercial king Kevin Trudeau thrown in jail after lavish spending The 50-year-old convicted fraudster was jailed Wednesday by U.S. Judge Robert Gettleman, who finally lost patience with Trudeau’s repeated claims of poverty. “This is not an infomercial — you can’t talk your way out of this” Gettleman told Trudeau after the…

Silicone buttock injections are public health issue in Venezuela

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“Quick fix” solutions don’t work and can be deadly. This is a horrible story about cosmetic surgery that signals more than one severe cultural problem. Venezuelan Women Are Dying From Buttock Injections – Alasdair Baverstock – The Atlantic. Astrid de la Rosa was left bedridden for two years after her liquid silicone buttock injections migrated…

Spooky travel recommendation from “existential experts”

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What the hell is an “existential expert”? This press release shows that ghost tours aren’t just for Halloween anymore, they are a key tourist draw. Viator.com Adds New Ghost Tours and Spooky Travel Experiences. Friday the 13th is the perfect day to shriek the word on a new collection of ghostly goodies on sale now…

Pass the honey mustard sauce to go with Mike’s McNuggets

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Shame on this media outlet for picking up a ridiculous story on Natural News (rated the WORST of the anti-science websites) and passing it off as *gasp* news. Chicken nuggets under the microscope | News.com.au. So Mike Adams decides to look at chicken McNuggets under the microscope and finds “strange fibres, blue objects, red colouring and…

N.Y. attorney general trying to trump Trump on his “university”

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Some people just aren’t great teachers. N.Y. attorney general suing Trump’s school for fraud – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs. New York’s attorney general accused Donald Trump in a lawsuit Saturday of defrauding students who studied at the billionaire mogul’s investment institute, though Trump’s representative said a large majority of the school’s alumni were…

Heel, Inc. homeopathic manufacturer must “dial down” health claims

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Homeopathic product maker settled a class action suit against their claims about efficacy. It’s not much and it SHOULD be more. That is, they should be made to say it has NO active ingredients. Homeopathic Drugmaker Puts Up $1M To End False Ad Claims – Law360. *Paywalled article Homeopathic treatment manufacturer Heel Inc. agreed Wednesday…

Spirit Story Box app will tell you a story, alright

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There’s a sucker downloading every minute. Spirit Story Box Is The Latest iPhone App For ‘Ghosthunters’. Technology is often the enemy of superstition, but a new iPhone app aims to convince you otherwise. Spirit Story Box, a 99-cent iPhone app launched recently by Roger Pingelton and Jill Beitz, of Greenwood, Ind., claims to detect and…

Geisha facial – You can keep that expensive shit

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Remember the fire facials, the blood facials, the snail facials? Now add the bird shit facials. Clients drop $180 for bird poop facials at NYC spa – Yahoo! News. That’s what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran goes for $180…

Injectable promises causing shortages for new lives?

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Recent upsurge in intravenous vitamins are allegedly causing a shortage for more worthwhile uses. Celebrity Trend Uses Nutrients Hospitals Desperately Need | People & Politics | Washingtonian. It’s been called the new “it” bag. The “vitamin drip”­—a trendy, expensive treatment of vitamins and nutrients delivered intravenously—is billed as a way to beautify and reenergize those…

Trudeau ordered to reveal assets “they” don’t know about

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Even the judge called this guy a liar. Even after legal troubles, he still lives the high life. This is an update to earlier stories about pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s current court issues and his hidden assets that the Federal Trade Commission wants revealed. TV pitchman ordered to reveal hidden assets – chicagotribune.com. A federal judge…

I’d prefer some wine instead – Radioactive well in Florida referred to as “fountain of youth”

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Artesian well brings up water high in magnesium and radon. Drink it at your own risk but it probably won’t kill you. The “fountain of youth” claim is a bit of a stretch. Florida’s Radioactive Fountain of Youth May Prolong Life. Thanks to the myth of Ponce de Leon’s trip, Florida—known for its large population…