Stories by Larry Schwartz

Larry Schwartz is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer with a focus on health, science and American history.    subscribe to Larry Schwartz's feed

Posted on: May 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Candidates like Rick Perry, Gerald Ford and Dan Quayle prove there's no IQ test when it comes to running for president or veep.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2015, Source: AlterNet

And 4 other foods we are still debating.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Even without speech writers and joke polishers, these guys were genuinely funny.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Morality aside, these guys were physically the toughest.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A recent study in Australia would seem to put the final nail in homeopathy’s coffin.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The current Congress is approaching a single-digit approval rating. Believe it or not, there have been worse.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some of these charlatans may have even believed their own preposterous theories.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

If evil is as evil does, then these guys wreaked some serious havoc.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Disaster is lurking and we will save you!

Posted on: Feb 28, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some presidents weren’t firing on all cylinders.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some really dubious science has been conducted at the expense of our animal friends.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Lots of salacious things have happened behind closed White House doors.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Acknowledging how we age and die may actually help us live longer.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Some of these may not have good explanations, but all stand up to scrutiny.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2015, Source: AlterNet

There really is a sucker born every minute.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

If you thought Alexander was great, you should meet his mom.

Posted on: Dec 28, 2014, Source: AlterNet

What these presidents said in private and what they did in public were often sharply at odds.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Ice pick through the eye socket, anyone?

Posted on: Dec 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The world is full of woes, trauma and tragedy, no doubt. But we're still better off than we used to be.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The dark business of murderabilia is thriving.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Humans are not the only animals soiling the planet.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Some surprising facts about coffee and tea will make you happy.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

A look at the most common remedies and which ones really help.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

We can learn a lot from missteps early in the AIDS crisis.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Most Americans are just not at that much risk. Here are the real killers.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Generics are not always cheap or effective.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

These supposed miracle foods just don't live up to their hype.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Should we save the earth by getting rid of...ourselves?

Posted on: Sep 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Is cultured meat the answer?

Posted on: Sep 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

You're a lot more likely to die of the flu than ebola or terrorism.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Smart pills and tongue-zapping brain restorers are right around the corner.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The subjects are usually society's most vulnerable and the doctors rarely have to answer for their horrific crimes.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Sugar is sickening and killing us. Why can't we stop?

Posted on: Aug 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Climate change is not a buzzword. It's a catastrophe, and it's here.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Just in case you don't have enough to worry about.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Taking vitamins may actually do you more harm than good.

Posted on: Jun 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Not all chemical-sounding ingredients are bad—but some are.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

You'll be surprised to learn what's good for you and what's not.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Save your money and try these common sense treatments instead.

Posted on: May 27, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Let’s put it this way -- it has no scientific basis.