Whole Foods Snake Oil

Whole Foods Snake Oil

“When confronted by Big Picture Science about their decision to sell homeopathic products, Whole Foods responded that, ‘because homeopathic remedies are safe and believed by many to be effective, we will continue to carry them in our stores.’ In other words, as long as homeopathic remedies are effective in separating people from their money, they will continue to be sold. Despite the overwhelming preponderance of evidence, Whole Foods cherry picks the record to suggest that there is ‘disagreement in the scientific community’ regarding homeopathy and that, of course, ‘there is a clear need for further research in this area.’ ‘Where have we heard that before?”

— “Hey, Whole Foods: Stop Selling Snake Oil,” Paul SanGiorgio, Triple Pundit

“If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of Journalism…..

But you don’t have to schlep all the way to Kentucky in order to visit America’s greatest shrine to pseudoscience. In fact, that shrine is a 15-minute trip away from most American urbanites.

I’m talking, of course, about Whole Foods Market. From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort … Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between science, politics, and commerce is in our modern world, then there’s really no better place to go. Because anti-science isn’t just a religious, conservative phenomenon—and the way in which it crosses cultural lines can tell us a lot about why places like the Creation Museum inspire so much rage, while places like Whole Foods don’t.”

— “Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience,” Michael Schulson, Daily Beast

Related:

“Homeopathic remedies recalled for containing real medicine,” Olivia Solon, Wired.UK

“Jimmy Wales waves a giant “citation needed” sign at crazy alternative medicine lobby,” James O’Malley, Tech Digest

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