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Getting Ready for the Whole Life Expo – Toronto, November 25-27

Getting Ready for the Whole Life Expo – Toronto, November 25-27

21 November 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Those of us who attended the Whole Life Expo last year were sorely disappointed to find that our efforts to explore the alternative reality of holistic health were circumvented by eagle eyed holistic gatekeepers. None too happy with our intended presence, the people running the show had some of us followed as we perused the […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Events10 Comments

Greenwashing Quackery

Greenwashing Quackery

20 October 2011 by Dianne Sousa

  Is the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) ever ethically justified? What about its promotion by advocates? Skeptics have long criticized alternative medicine for its inherent lack of demonstrable efficacy and sometimes serious safety issues. This puts the question of ethics front and centre when we discuss the promotion of CAM, and there are excellent […]

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Posted in Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism3 Comments

Fitnessgoop.com Allows Nonsense about EMF’s and Allergies, But is Intolerant of Skepticism

Fitnessgoop.com Allows Nonsense about EMF’s and Allergies, But is Intolerant of Skepticism

30 August 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Yesterday I found my way to fitnessgoop.com, a website for “Healthy and Inspired Living”. They feature articles from “health experts” touting the virtues of homeopathic travel vaccines and other similar topics of dubious merit. The recently posted article that caught my attention was one titled “Could electro-magnetic frequencies be to blame for allergies?”  The author, Rich Ralph, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Medical Conditions, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism11 Comments

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

11 August 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, Skeptic North reviewed an episode of CBC’s Marketplace that focused on homeopathy. The program featured a parent that opted to use homeopathic vaccines instead of real vaccines. I suspected that the parent was genuinely misinformed about vaccines and homeopathy, and noted in the comments that since as a result of the program, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Pseudoscience, Skepticism12 Comments

Guess the Fake Cure – Reveal

Guess the Fake Cure – Reveal

25 May 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Last week we asked you to consider a list of homeopathic remedies, each more absurd than the last, and identify the one that was faked. In this context, ‘fake’ means “not a remedy available for sale from certain homeopathic retailers”. Sadly, only one was completely made up by us – I wish I could say they […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Announcements, Skepticism17 Comments

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Guess the fake cure!

17 May 2011 by Dianne Sousa

A year ago we held a simple contest. We gave you a list of homeopathic remedies, and you had to guess the fake one. We continue to be amazed at just what homeopaths make remedies out of. So once again, here’s a list of REAL homeopathic remedies – all but one. Guess the fake. No […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Announcements36 Comments

Dear Dr. Oz: I Just Think it’s Very Dismissive of You to Reject Reality

Dear Dr. Oz: I Just Think it’s Very Dismissive of You to Reject Reality

27 April 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Skeptics are not afraid to take promoters of pseudoscience to task. We are not afraid to direct criticism to those who deserve it or invite it. This is true whether they claim to be psychic, promote a conspiracy theory, or a doctor with a successful television program in a coveted time spot. Of course, here […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Critical Thinking, Health, Pseudoscience, Science, Skepticism9 Comments

A Brief Primer on Criminal Statistics

A Brief Primer on Criminal Statistics

19 April 2011 by Dianne Sousa

During elections my ears perk up when law and order issues come up. Are politicians doing business differently this time round? Do they show that they understand what they’re talking about? The claims thrown around in these discussions deserve careful scrutiny because the data that they depend on are often ambiguous or misleading. Surprise! The evidence […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Probability and Statistics, Social Sciences4 Comments

Planning the Perfect Overdose

Planning the Perfect Overdose

14 February 2011 by Dianne Sousa

In preparing to overdose with fellow friends and skeptics in concert with the world wide 10:23 campaign one of the things I had to do was decide what to overdose with. I put some thought into it. Actually, I put a lot of thought into it. I reasoned that if I took the time to […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Skepticism4 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.