What We’re Reading

An irregular posting of links of interest, curated by Skeptic North contributors.

Oscillococcinum. 15 flaws in the biggest selling homeopathic product in the world.

There’s a lot of pseudoscience when it comes to obesity and weight management. A strong advocate for science is Edmonton’s Dr. Arya Sharma, and his recent blog post Is Exercise More About “Calories In” Than “Calories Out”? examines common perceptions from a scientific perspective.

From Science-Based Medicine: Diet Supplements or Nutritional Supplements: A Ruse by Any Other Name is Still a Ruse.

Also from SBM, the persistent meme of the hidden cancer cure.

A new website on ear candles – illegal in Canada, yet sold openly.

A new Cochrane review on spinal manipulation finds “no better or worse than other existing therapies for patients with chronic low-back pain.”

Regulating, without regulating, alternative medicine. The Lay Scientist on UK proposals that envision a framework similar to what already exists in Canada.

A slightly different take on the problem of dilutions used in homeopathy.

Beware bogus food allergy tests.

Sara Mayhew is busy at her personal blog with When Gender Goes Pear-Shaped: Not Quite, and Secular Storytelling: Why writers should move beyond The Hero’s Journey. And Steve Thoms, over at his own blog, looks at the Fox News perspective on a Canadian health care story.

Still transfixed by the World Press Photo winners.

2 Responses to “What We’re Reading”

  1. Roberta says:

    Just a little quibble: Dr. Sharma works at the University of Alberta, which is in Edmonton. His blog is excellent.


  • Scott Gavura

    Scott is passionate about improving the way drugs are used. A pharmacist by background, Scott has a professional interest in improving the cost-effective use of drugs at the population level, while helping consumers make more informed decisions about their health. He blogs about pharmacy practice and questionable science at Science-Based Pharmacy and Science-Based Medicine. All views expressed by Scott are his personal views alone, and do not represent the opinions of any current or former employers, or any organizations or associations that he may be affiliated with. All information is provided for discussion purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for consultation with a licensed and accredited health professional.