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Separating Fact from Fiction

Fake News. Pseudoscience. Bullsh!t. Whatever you call it, we’re surrounded with misinformation. And separating fact from fiction in this modern era of pseudoscience is an endless struggle. Scientific disinformation is not only frustrating, it produces harmful effects. Listening to the wrong source or believing the wrong information can leave you at risk of failing to take preventive actions that would protect your family or worse, engaging in health-related behavior that places your entire family at risk.

Recognizing bullsh!t posing as health science is more important now than ever, yet it’s also harder than its ever been.

Fortunately, pseudoscience follows predictable patterns, and with a little insight into clinical research methods and statistics, you can become an expert at spotting the BS found in your social media feed, at your family table, or coming from your television under the guise of nightly news. This short course empowers you to recognize these patterns and debunk claims so that you can make healthy decisions for your family, yourself, or your health practice.


Module One: Intro

  • Brandolini’s Law
  • Ethics & Morals of Calling out Bullsh!t
  • Plausibility in Science
  • Upscale Bullsh!t: Capturing Privilege
  • How Bullsh!t Thrives in Science

Module Three: Statistical Traps

  • Base Rate Fallacies
  • Simpson’s Paradox
  • Data Censoring
  • Lead-Time Bias / Length-Time Bias
  • Scientific Measurements
  • Data Visualization
  • Lying with Statistics

Module Five: Bias & Misconduct

  • Publication Bias in Clinical Research
  • Predatory Publishing
  • Scientific Misconduct
  • Cherry Picking Findings
  • Open Access Agendas

Module Two: Causality

  • Factors of Correlation
  • Bradford Hill Criteria for Causality
  • Establishing Causation Scientifically
  • Spurious Correlations
  • Regression to the Mean

Module Four: All About Data

  • The Trend for Big Data
  • Garbage In–Garbage Out
  • Primary v Secondary Data
  • Misleading Metrics
  • Abuses of Machine Learning
  • Implications of Interpretation
  • Sample Size and Power

Module Six: Ethics and BS

  • Principles for Calling Bullsh!t
  • Criticism v Harassment
  • Bullsh!t on Social Media
  • The Dangers of Pseudoscience
  • Cultural Skepticism


The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences is a research focused continuing education institution offering an evidence based approach to preventive, public, and integrative health. FSIHS is also an approved school by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the only NAHA approved school with a PhD researcher directing the program. FSIHS is also a recognized CEU provider for Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWCs) CE #100102.


Independent Courses at FSIHS are asynchronous, so they are not delivered in real time and you are not required to be online at any specific time. Lessons are posted every Friday morning (central time zone) and you can view the lectures and download the handouts any time after they are released. After studying the lesson, you are encouraged to post any questions you have in the discussion forum. You are also encouraged to respond to other student questions.

Course instructors respond to all questions and comments every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. After the final lesson is posted, course access continues for an additional 3 weeks to allow for review and application questions. For more details about our Independent Courses, CLICK HERE.