Snake Oil for the 21st CenturyMarch 11, 2011
CBC aired a fantastic show last night (re-airing again tonight at 10 p.m. EST). The show is called Doc Zone and features Canada’s own Bob McDonald, host of the popular Quirks & Quarks radio program.
In this episode, McDonald visits an “anti-aging” trade show where every imaginable alternative therapy is being flogged to folks looking to turn back the clock. My favorite is the lady who claims that her computer will transfer “pure mathematical code” into your body while you hold two crystals connected to her laptop through a USB port. This, of course, is all based on quantum physics and came to her during a near death experience. But you will also see more popular treatments in the program as well, such as toxin-cleansing foot baths.
After speaking with each vendor, McDonald visits a scientist with expertise in the relevant field to determine what’s really behind the treatment (if anything).
Here’s a sneak peek:
The full episode can be watched here.