Six Plants and Animals Threatened by Pseudoscience

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Seahorses

Some people prefer eating dried fruit, others prefer eating dried seahorses. But while the former primarily enjoy their snack for taste and texture, the latter consume theirs as a cure for impotence, wheezing, bed-wetting, and pain. None of those benefits, espoused in traditional Chinese medicine, are backed up by scientific evidence. Nevertheless, the dogmatic belief in those benefits means that dry seahorse is almost as valuable as gold in many parts of Asia, making the animals prime targets for overfishing.

 

(Image: Chang et. al., Journal of Food and Drug Analysis)

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