Here Be Dragons

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Frequently Asked Questions
& Frequently Made Comments

Q: I disagree that some of the products shown at the beginning are pseudoscientific.

A: The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil are beneficial. I included it here because supplementation has not been shown to beneficial, at least for people who are healthy and not suffering from a deficiency. It's fine to get it in your diet (eat fish) but most well performed trials have found limited or no benefit from supplementation for healthy people.

Alli is an FDA approved diet drug, and I included it as a statement on all diet pills: Approved or not, pills have failed to prove that they are an effective long term weight loss strategy.

Folk wisdom and a few studies have found St. John's Wort to be an effective treatment for mild depression, however the preponderance of well performed trials have found no benefit. Don't simply accept what you've heard or long believed. Question those beliefs — if they're not well-sourced — and look at the research.

Yoga should probably not have been included. It is a perfectly valid physical exercise and a great way to relax and stay in shape. My inclusion was based on the further, supernatural benefits that some practitioners confer upon it. Apologies to any who enjoy yoga for what it actually is.

Q: What's wrong with a microwaved burrito?

A: Look again. It's the Virgin Mary in sour cream!

Q: You should have taken your sunglasses off in that one scene.

A: I wish I could do that scene over again so I could! I actually didn't realize I had them on, and didn't discover it until I got back to the car to check out the footage. By then I was out of light and had to move on to another scene.

Q: No ancient maps actually say "Here Be Dragons" on them.

A: My title is less of a factual claim and more of a descriptive concept. Anyway there is a copper globe, circa 1500, at the New York Public Library called The Lenox Globe that says in misspelled Latin HC SVNT DRACONES, or "Here are dragons", which could be the origin of the popularly held belief.

Q: I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that you actually mention your own book in the movie! So the whole thing is just a scam to sell your book, you bastard!

A: Why? It's an honest recommendation. If you liked the content in the movie, you'll like the book — where I actually take on specific pseudosciences head-on — and the book is much easier to share with others.

Some people have an exaggerated idea of how much money books earn. It's hardly a "money making scheme". I assure you, I could sell a book a day for 10 years and it wouldn't cover what I spent making Here Be Dragons. If you're insistent that I not recover any costs from the film, then simply don't donate.

Q: Foreign languages and subtitled versions?

A: Subtitle files are available on the download page. If you would like to help with additional languages, please use the contact form to be put in touch with the appropriate person.

Q: What the heck is a torrent and how do I use it?

A: If you have to ask, it's probably not the right option for you. Go to BitTorrent.com for any questions; it's their product, not mine.

Q: Did you do all the work making this yourself?

A: Anything not explicitly credited to someone else in the credits was done by me (Brian Dunning). It's easy to find fault with the production, and I'm the first to agree with you — it was done by one guy who is by no means a movie professional — but I hope you will focus on its content and its message.

Q: Where can I get more information or contact you?

A: Download a press kit here. For more information about Brian Dunning, go to Skeptoid.com. The contact page on this web site can be used for matters pertaining to the film but does not reach Mr. Dunning directly.

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