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There’s Nothing Sinister Lurking in That Baby Formula

There’s Nothing Sinister Lurking in That Baby Formula

29 July 2014 by Gem Newman

This is a guest post by Laura Creek Newman, RD, critically examining health claims about infant formula made by Meghan Telpner, “Nutritionista”, in her recent article What’s Lurking In That Baby Formula? I am going to preface this with my background. I am a registered dietitian practicing for four years, largely in all areas of […]

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Write Canadian MPs to bring Clinical Trial Transparency to Canada

Write Canadian MPs to bring Clinical Trial Transparency to Canada

24 May 2014 by Gem Newman

The fine folks at AllTrials have an important reminder for Canadians who are concerned about clinical trial transparency, and it’s time-sensitive! We have just heard that we have a chance to improve clinical trial transparency in Canada. Bill C-17 or “Vanessa’s Law” is being considered this Tuesday and there’s a chance to get clinical trial […]

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Does Dr. Gifford-Jones Understand Science?

Does Dr. Gifford-Jones Understand Science?

04 February 2014 by Gem Newman

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, a prolific syndicated pseudonymous newspaper columnist, has written yet another article on the purported dangers of “radiation” from electronic devices. Well known to Canadian skeptics for advocating placebo cures, blaming “dirty electricity” for a host of common ailments, and promoting accusations that Health Canada is “terrorizing” the proprietors of health food stores, […]

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Posted in Featured, Health, Skepticism4 Comments

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

02 September 2013 by Gem Newman

A news article from the Irish Independent has been making the rounds these last few days. With the cheery title of “Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides” this (almost) unbelievably credulous bit of reportage claims that a new technology developed in Ireland will solve pretty well every modern-day agricultural woe. “But how?” you […]

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Posted in Environment, Featured, Pseudoscience, Skepticism2 Comments

Where’s My Lab-grown Meat?

Where’s My Lab-grown Meat?

21 August 2013 by Gem Newman

Where’s My Jetpack is an occasional segment on Life, the Universe & Everything Else, a podcast produced by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics of Manitoba. This segment will air on 25 August 2013, as part of Episode 64. For decades now, scientists have been promising us untold marvels, from jetpacks to […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Environment7 Comments

What Does Creationism Say About Our Culture?

What Does Creationism Say About Our Culture?

27 November 2012 by Gem Newman

According to a 2007 Angus-Reid poll, 59% of Canadians accept evolution and common descent, while 22% are convinced that God created human beings within the last 10,000 years (with acceptance of evolution being correlated with youth and with higher levels of education, and belief in special creation being more prevalent on the prairies). While it […]

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Posted in Culture, Evolution, Pseudoscience2 Comments