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Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Dr. Joanny on Parkinson’s

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Dr. Joanny on Parkinson’s

06 September 2012 by Erik Davis

  Practitioner Joanny Liu (Calgary, Alberta) Qualifications Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Registered Acupuncturist Claims That… Parkinson’s Disease is caused by uncomfortable feelings, which make you shake with anger, grief, and fear. Then the shaking doesn’t stop.    

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Posted in Alberta, Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Health, Skepticism8 Comments

Deepak Chopra Endorphinate®: The Doctor has a Pill Problem

Deepak Chopra Endorphinate®: The Doctor has a Pill Problem

27 February 2012 by Erik Davis

  As many of you know, I have a little fun on The Twitters at Deepak Chopra’s expense. I started my alter-ego @DBagChopra last fall to shine a light on the quantum mysticism and overall new-age gooiness he peddles. My hope was that, through humour, I might cause a few people to realize just how […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Skepticism37 Comments

Can Coconut Oil Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease?

Can Coconut Oil Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease?

01 February 2012 by Erik Davis

As longtime readers may know, I have a relative that’s a holistic nutritionist, and she sometimes touts the supposed benefits of certain foods to members of our family. One of these is coconut oil, which, so we’ve been told, is one of the healthiest things we can eat. Now I try to stay out of […]

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[Updated] The Quantum Bullshitverse Calls To You

[Updated] The Quantum Bullshitverse Calls To You

27 November 2011 by Erik Davis

Update #2 – 11/27/2011 The Twitterlords reinstated @DBagChopra last night. As near as I can tell, the suspension was due to it not being clear that the account was satire. Savour that for just a moment. Update #1 – 11/15/2011 I neglected to mention that the term “Quantum Bullshitverse” is not my own, but was […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Media, Skepticism9 Comments

On Screaming Testicles and Pigs in the Clouds

On Screaming Testicles and Pigs in the Clouds

04 November 2011 by Erik Davis

By now you’ve probably seen the above image of the so-called “Screaming Man” captured on a testicle scan by two Canadian researchers, and published in Urology this month. The article was meant to be humorous, and I suspect an homage to “The Case of the Haunted Scrotum”, a similar article that ran in the JRSM […]

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Posted in Canada, Media, Skepticism4 Comments

Natural Health Regulations: The Yawning Crevice Between “Consumer” and “Protection”

Natural Health Regulations: The Yawning Crevice Between “Consumer” and “Protection”

31 August 2011 by Erik Davis

  Back in March, I embarked on an experiment to test Canada’s consumer protection mechanisms as they relate to natural health products. As you may recall, I made three simultaneous complaints about a product called Provize to Health Canada, Ad Standards Canada, and the Competition Bureau. Provize is a natural health product that claims to prevent […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism8 Comments

Welcome Bart!

Welcome Bart!

24 August 2011 by Erik Davis

  Starting today, you’ll notice a new voice here at Skeptic North as Bart Farkas joins the fray. Bart started his career as a trauma nurse in Calgary, but I first became acquainted with him through his work with the James Randi Educational Foundation, where he was on staff until recently. Among his many responsibilities […]

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Posted in Alberta, Announcements, Canada, Skepticism1 Comment

Old Wine, New Bottles – August 2011

Old Wine, New Bottles – August 2011

13 August 2011 by Erik Davis

Five of our skeptical best from Augusts past… Ontario’s Wi-Fi-Phobia Steve weighs in on wifi safety as the “debate” kicks off in Barrie. At the time, I don’t think any of us expected this issue to prove as contentious as it has been, but in the event, this article would be only the first of […]

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It’s Wifi Day!

It’s Wifi Day!

02 August 2011 by Erik Davis

While we’re hardly fans of numerology here at Skeptic North, 8-02-11 (aka Wifi Day) does come only once a century. And following Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May’s dubious pronouncements on its safety last week, we’d be remiss if we failed to take note. Wifi has been a frequent topic in these pages, especially in the last […]

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Posted in Canada, Health, Health Policy, Skepticism22 Comments

A skeptic’s take on Muslim prayers in a Toronto public school

A skeptic’s take on Muslim prayers in a Toronto public school

13 July 2011 by Erik Davis

Much Sturm und Drang last week over the revelation that Valley Park Middle School is allowing an imam to hold Friday prayer services in the school cafeteria. It’s one of those interesting stories that makes for strange bedfellows, with the Centre for Inquiry and Canadian Secular Alliance standing alongside the Canadian Hindu Advocacy, the Muslim […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Evolution, Media, Ontario, Skepticism28 Comments

  • 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