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Volume 7
Number 6

The REALL News

"It's a very dangerous thing to believe in nonsense."
-- James Randi

June 1999

Selling Irrationality at a Holistic Health Fair

by David Bloomberg

*I dressed as inconspicuously as possible, wearing jeans, a Star Wars T-shirt, and a Blackhawks jacket. But it didn’t matter – I still stuck out like a sore thumb.

I was at the Holistic Health Fair (April 24, Signature Inn, Springfield) and I can’t remember the last time I felt like such a fish out of water, gasping for breath (not so much a breath of oxygen, but one of rationality). I was almost certainly the only skeptic there, but that wasn’t why I stuck out (contrary to their claims, I doubt any of them could read my mind and know of my REALL affiliation). I was also almost the only man there (at least during the time I attended). The booths were staffed completely by women, with the exception of one husband-wife team; women made up almost all the attendees as well (I saw one man, who came with his significant other).MoreMore


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