International Skeptics Day

Once again, we have an interesting holiday today. . .

International Skeptics Day

As I've gotten older, I must confess I've gotten more skeptical. Perhaps it's a little wisdom taking the edge off the gullibility. Perhaps I'm just more cynical. But for whatever reason, these days I'm firmly in the skeptics camp.

So today, here is a list of things I'm more than a tad skeptical about, in no particular order:

  1. I'm skeptical that any diet can make me lose 10 pounds of anything but water in one week.  Ten pounds of fat is just NOT going to disappear and stay disappeared within the space of 7 days.  Ain't gonna happen, no how, no way.
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  2. And while we're on that subject, I'm skeptical I can freeze my butt off, or work my butt off, or anything similar.  No matter how cold I get, or how hard I work, the backside doesn't get even the teeniest bit smaller.  It just ain't right!
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  3. I'm more than a little skeptical that all the politicians advertising all the great changes they are going to make would actually do any of them once elected.  In fact, if you could sue politicians for false advertising, I'm figuring most of our government officials would be in jail, or at the very least paying hefty fines. (Hey! maybe that's one way to get the country out of debt?)
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  4. I'm skeptical of any get rich quick scheme that promises that after just one measly little hour of work I'll be rolling in dough, sitting on a beach in Nirvana drinking booze.   I figure the only dough I'm likely to be rolling is bread dough.
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  5. I am soooo skeptical of drug commercials on tv.  One one hand we see ads telling our kids, "Don't do drugs!"  On the other hand we have ads for drugs that will supposedly cure anything that ails you, then speed-talks through a list of possible side effects, often up to and including death.  Just "ask your doctor!"  And a few years later, these same drugs are pulled off the market because of all the problems.  The drug trials are often fixed (just talk about the GOOD stuff, not the bad!), and one of the most prescribed drugs in the U.S., anti-depressants?  Have you been reading how they don't really WORK?  (One of my 'favorite' worst ads is the one for an antidepressant to help you when your antidepressant isn't working...)  Yeah, we're just scratching the surface of the problems here.
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  6. I'm skeptical that we really know what's in our food.  For instance, food manufacturers fight labeling of GMO (genetically modified) foods.  We've got artificial coloring we don't need in our foods. Both these things have been banned in European countries for a long time, so why are they still in the food supply in the U.S.???  Oh, money talks you say?  Think maybe someone is getting a few kickbacks???
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  7. (And if you think it's just me being off-the-wall, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called on all physicians to prescribe diets without genetically modified (GM) foods to all patients, saying:
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    Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.)
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    Tell me again why we should want to eat this stuff???
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  8. And last but probably least, I'm skeptical that all my animals here on the farm love me for the wonderful person I am.  Nope, I'm thinking it's more a case of "cupboard love" and they just like the fact I hand out food.

So there you have it, a few of the things I'm skeptical about.

Happy(?) International Skeptics Day!

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