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Naturopath Education: Still Replete With Bollocks

Naturopath Education: Still Replete With Bollocks

14 April 2014 by Erik Davis

Naturopaths are allowed to call themselves doctors in Ontario, placing them alongside Physicians, Dentists, Psychologists, Optometrists, and (regrettably) Chiropractors as a statutorily-legitimized and protected class of healthcare provider. When someone is given the right to call themselves a doctor, we expect a very high level of medical training and expertise. So it’s fair to ask just […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Featured, Health Policy, Medicine, Ontario, Skepticism6 Comments

How I cured my gout without medication

How I cured my gout without medication

25 April 2013 by Erik Davis

About a year ago, I had my first attack of gout. It sucked. It came on during the weekend we were moving into our house, and I was convinced I’d somehow broken my big toe in the move. I’d dropped a box on it or rolled a dolly over it or something — I must […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Featured, Health, Medical Conditions, Skepticism6 Comments

Dr. Oz, Bryce Wylde, and the Canadian Law Against “False or Misleading News”

Dr. Oz, Bryce Wylde, and the Canadian Law Against “False or Misleading News”

17 January 2013 by Erik Davis

The following is a guest post by Jeremy Petch, health policy researcher and Opinions Editor at healthydebate.ca. Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyPetch. Dr. Oz has become a ubiquitous television icon. His daily talk show, broadcast in Canada on CTV (owned by Bell Media), rules the daytime TV ratings. In real life, Dr. Oz is a […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Guest Post, Health Policy, Skepticism24 Comments

How I lost 40 lbs doing everything wrong

How I lost 40 lbs doing everything wrong

14 November 2012 by Erik Davis

I’ve been on a quest to lose weight over the last 6 months. It had been a long time coming, and I’d put it off for too many years. But while I have been achieving my goals, it’s got to be a statistical fluke, because I’ve done just about everything wrong! 1) I ate wheat! […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Featured, Health, Skepticism45 Comments

A lot of people want to suck my duct

A lot of people want to suck my duct

01 November 2012 by Erik Davis

I often work from a home office. For the most part it’s quiet and allows me to work uninterrupted, but there is one thing guaranteed to break my concentration: telemarketers. On a typical day I get between 1-3 calls from someone trying to sell me something. Some of these are rather benign — charities, blood […]

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Posted in Health, Skepticism12 Comments

Eschaton 2012: Stop Worrying and Celebrate Reason

Eschaton 2012: Stop Worrying and Celebrate Reason

16 October 2012 by Erik Davis

The following announcement is posted on behalf of CFI Ottawa. Skeptic North’s own Sara Mayhew will be speaking at this event.   THE WORLD IS PROBABLY NOT ENDING. NOW STOP WORRYING, AND CELEBRATE REASON! Join us for the first large scale CFI Conference in Eastern Canada: Come to Ottawa for a weekend gathering of scientists, […]

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Call for Authors

Call for Authors

10 October 2012 by Erik Davis

Got something to say? Want to add your voice to those calling for science and reason in Canada? Over the last three years, Skeptic North has become a central Canadian hub for scientific skepticism, with authors hailing from PEI to BC and most parts in between. To fill some recent vacancies in our roll, we’re […]

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Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Iva Lloyd on Cancer

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Iva Lloyd on Cancer

01 October 2012 by Erik Davis

  Practitioner Iva Lloyd (Markham, Ontario) Qualifications Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Registered Polarity Therapist & Educator (RPE), and Reiki Master Founder of Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic Claims That… Intravenous Vitamin C kills cancer. Cancer can be fed by the food that you eat.  Infra-red saunas can eliminate chemicals that promote cancer growth. Homeopathy and hydrotherapy are useful […]

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Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Ontario, Skepticism7 Comments

The Weight Loss Secret THEY Don’t Want You To Know

The Weight Loss Secret THEY Don’t Want You To Know

12 September 2012 by Erik Davis

Throw a stone in a supermarket, pharmacy, or bookstore, and you’re almost certain to hit a product that promises to make you thinner. From diets books to Health Check seals to herbal supplements, I’d wager there’s no more persuasive marketing message in the world than “Helps You Lose Weight”. At first blush, it’s tempting to […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Health, Skepticism9 Comments

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Sat Dharam Kaur on Breast Cancer

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Sat Dharam Kaur on Breast Cancer

07 September 2012 by Erik Davis

  Practitioner Sat Dharam Kaur (Owen Sound, Ontario) Qualifications Naturopathic Doctor Claims That… Teenagers can prevent breast cancer by wearing a looser bra, spending an hour a week in the sauna, filtering their shower water, not Scotchgarding their furniture, celebrating Rachel Carson Day, and 60 other easy to implement strategies.        

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Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Ontario, Skepticism1 Comment

  • Erik Davis

    Erik is a technology professional based in Toronto, focused on the intersection of the internet and the traditional media and telecommunications sectors. A reluctant blogger, he was inspired by the great work Skeptic North has done to combat misinformation and shoddy science reporting in the Canadian media, and in the public at large. Erik has a particular interest in critical reasoning, and in understanding why there’s so little of it in the public discourse. You can follow Erik's occasional 140 character musings @erikjdavis