Maria Konnikova tests out homeopathy.

Where Do Homeopathic Remedies Fall in Relation to, Say, Leeches?

Where Do Homeopathic Remedies Fall in Relation to, Say, Leeches?

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March 29 2017 6:41 PM

What Is Homeopathy, Exactly?

Resident myth-debunker Maria Konnikova returns to trace the spotty history of homeopathic remedies.

Old medicines.

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Listen to Episode 710 of Slate’s The Gist:


Our resident debunker of nonsense, Maria Konnikova returns to take on the billion-dollar homeopathy industry. Why aren’t homeopathic remedies regulated in the United States? And what can its dubious history tell us about its effectiveness? Maria Konnikova is a contributing writer at the New Yorker and the author of The Confidence Game.

In the Spiel, watching CNN go haywire for a pretty banal accident on Capitol Hill.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.