Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

My pescetarian spouse surprised me with a Tofurkey last night for an early Thanksgiving. Apparently these things actually exist. I thought it was just a bad sitcom joke. Shockingly , it wasn’t bad. Not a turkey by any means, but more edible than most tofu-based products. The texture was off, but the flavor was plausible: not as good as a real turkey but better than the prepackaged, extruded “turkey breast” a lot of restaurants try to pawn off as fresh turkey. I suspect an excessive amount of wheat gluten and strange chemicals.

Who Says Homeopathy Can’t Hurt?

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

There’s a popular belief about homeopathy and other folk cures that “It can’t hurt”. You might as well try it. Sadly that isn’t true as this case indicates. It seems that “A chewing gum company turned cold remedy manufacturer” was selling a homeopathic nasal spray that destroyed people’s sense of taste and smell.

For a long time, I didn’t know much about homeopathy, and just thought it was some sort of mild herbal medicine. Then one day while I was waiting for a prescription to be filled at my pharmacist’s I picked up a pamphlet advocating homeopathy and started reading. It very quickly became obvious that it was total quackery.

NyQuil Wimps Out

Friday, January 5th, 2007

For at least twenty years I’ve depended on a combination of NyQuil and DayQuil to get me through some nasty colds, as does my wife. Since Tuesday I’ve been struggling with a cold that seems to be clearing now, but has exhausted my current supply, so last night I headed down to a local pharmacy to pick up new bottles.

I was looking at the store brand right next to the NyQuil when I noticed something funny. The store brand no longer said, “Compare to ingredients in NyQuil” like the store brand usually does when it wants to clue you in to the fact that it’s the exact same medicine, only 20-50% cheaper; so I looked closer.