Welcome to Healthy Skepticism About Health and Fitness, a new channel for Skeptic Ink Network. Popular health and fitness beliefs and products are rife with untested claims for everything from supplements to cancer cures – publishing empires are built on magazines with advertising for “natural” products, with no acknowledgement that “natural” does not always equal “safe.”
Our focus will be how skepticism and critical thinking help make good choices for healthful habits and realistic expectations for the consequences of those choices. The channel is roughly divided into four large subjects: nutrition and supplements, fitness, medicine, and mental health and will feature professional and enthusiast discourse.
Our first edition features four essays taking a skeptical look at health related topics: alternative cancer treatment as reported in the media, side effects of psychoactive drugs, interaction between medicine and herbal supplements, and a skeptic’s introduction to bodybuilding.
We wish to thank our first group of contributors, William London, Cathy Smith, Jay Diamond and Rachel Gray, as well as Ryan Grant Long for our original logo.
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