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A Response to Karen Wehrstein: Homeopathy Offers Hope but Delivers Only Sweet Nothings

A Response to Karen Wehrstein: Homeopathy Offers Hope but Delivers Only Sweet Nothings

29 January 2013 by Dianne Sousa

Last week, an editorial in the National Post by Tim Caulfield ruffled a few homeopathic feathers. In it, Caulfield argues that when provinces grant regulatory status to alternative practitioners like naturopathy, they are legitimizing rank quackery. This is the case because naturopathy relies heavily on homeopathy, which Caulfield correctly describes as “bogus”. Canadian supporters of […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health15 Comments

Health Canada Sends in Helicopters and S.W.A.T. Teams to Clear Health Food Store Shelves of Life Saving Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements… Or Not

Health Canada Sends in Helicopters and S.W.A.T. Teams to Clear Health Food Store Shelves of Life Saving Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements… Or Not

15 January 2013 by Dianne Sousa

  Regular readers of Skeptic North will know that we have been consistently critical of Health Canada and how it regulates the natural health products industry in Canada. In short, we have argued that the regulation is far too permissive, consequently putting Canadians at unacceptable risk of harm. Unsurprisingly there are those that disagree. These folks […]

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Posted in Canada, Health, Health Policy, Skepticism4 Comments

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Rachel Corradetti on Urinary Tract Infections

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Rachel Corradetti on Urinary Tract Infections

26 October 2012 by Dianne Sousa

  Practitioner Rachel Corradetti (Toronto, Ontario) Qualifications Naturopathic Doctor (ND). Degree obtained from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Currently an intern at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (run by CCNM). Claims That… One can naturally cure a urinary tract infection by alternately dipping the “pelvic region” into cold lake water and hot boiled […]

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Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Skepticism16 Comments

A Tale of Alphagetti Credentials – Part 2: “Registered BioEnergetics Practitioners”

A Tale of Alphagetti Credentials – Part 2: “Registered BioEnergetics Practitioners”

19 September 2012 by Dianne Sousa

To read part one of this post, click here. Please take the time to do so; this post lacks critical background information that’s provided there. The information about “Registered Holistic Allergists” (R.h.A’s) and the purported allergy treatment they offered, “BioEnergetic Intolerance Elimination” (BIE), that was presented in part one was gathered by me all within […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health19 Comments

A Tale of Alphaghetti Credentials: “Registered Holistic Allergists” and “BioEnergetic Intolerance Elimination”

A Tale of Alphaghetti Credentials: “Registered Holistic Allergists” and “BioEnergetic Intolerance Elimination”

17 September 2012 by Dianne Sousa

About a year ago I decided to independently take on a group of alternative medicine practitioners who were marketing themselves as “Registered Holistic Allergists” and using the designation “R.h.A” in addition to other, equally dubious credentials such as “Registered Holistic Nutritionist” and “Naturopathic Doctor”. Today, there are no longer any “Registered Holistic Allergists”, though as […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Skepticism7 Comments

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Kate Whimster on First Aid Travel Essentials

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Kate Whimster on First Aid Travel Essentials

14 September 2012 by Dianne Sousa

Practitioner Kate Whimster (Toronto) Qualifications Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Master of the Institute for Human Individuality (MIFHI)  Claims That… Heat stroke can be treated during travel using jerry-rigged electrolyte replacement. In addition, heat stroke, trauma and shock can be treated with a homeopathic spray.

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Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Health5 Comments

Anti-Wifi Group Granted Ability to File Representative Complaint with B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

Anti-Wifi Group Granted Ability to File Representative Complaint with B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

05 September 2012 by Dianne Sousa

The anti-wifi group, Citizens for Safe Technology (CST) has filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal alleging that B.C. Hydro’s plan to install Smart Meters discriminates against those with “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” (EHS) on the basis of physical disability. The group has been granted the ability to file a “representative complaint” and argue the […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Health19 Comments

The Long List of Absurd – Health Canada Approved – Homeopathic Medicines

The Long List of Absurd – Health Canada Approved – Homeopathic Medicines

24 August 2012 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, our resident pharmacist asked the question “Is there anything the Natural Health Products Directorate won’t approve?” In that post there was a short list of some of the products Health Canada has allowed on the market, including homeopathic insulin and chloroform. Unfortunately, these products are not peculiarities.  I’ve made it a habit […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Health Policy, Medicine, Skepticism1 Comment

Homeopaths use Legal Thuggery Against Australian and Portuguese Bloggers

Homeopaths use Legal Thuggery Against Australian and Portuguese Bloggers

09 April 2012 by Dianne Sousa

In their toolbox homeopaths have sugar, water, and oodles of imagination. They tell us they have some science in there too, and they root around in there quite a bit looking for it. Personally, I’ve yet to see a homeopath wield that tool with any competency at all. Oh, and one more thing. They have […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Skepticism5 Comments

Navigating the Complaint Process of Advertising Standards Canada: An Account

Navigating the Complaint Process of Advertising Standards Canada: An Account

23 March 2012 by Dianne Sousa

  Visit the Advertising Standards Canada website and take a few minutes to read through the adjudicated consumer complaints for the last quarter of 2011. You’ll come across this curious report: What could this mysterious, overall-wellness promoting medical device be? I happen to know, because I’m the complainant in this case.  The report that appears on […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism7 Comments

  • Dianne Sousa

    Dianne holds a degree from the University of Guelph in criminal justice, public policy and social psychology. She became involved in the skeptical movement after becoming disillusioned with the addictions counselling field. Skeptical topics of interest include alternative medicine and it's regulation in Canada, pseudoscience and the law and skeptical activism. She also crochets extensively and enjoys bad film, usually at the same time. Follow me on twitter: @DianneSousa. All views expressed by Dianne are her personal views alone, and do not represent the opinions of any current, former or future employers, or any organizations or associations that she may be affiliated with.