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Homeopaths are not Medical Experts

Homeopaths are not Medical Experts

14 April 2014 by John Underhay

The CBC recently aired a “National Check Up” health panel segment ostensibly to discuss the current state of medical research. The panel, led by Peter Mansbridge, consisted of  internal medicine specialist Dr. Ali Zentner; Dr. Danielle Martin from Women’s College Hospital in Toronto; and alternative medicine expert Bryce Wylde. Wylde is no stranger to those of […]

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Posted in Canada, Featured, Health, Medicinal Advertising6 Comments

Update on Cefaly

Update on Cefaly

18 March 2014 by John Underhay

In 2011, I wrote an evaluation of  a migraine treatment product that was just beginning to move across the Atlantic from Europe. Cefaly is a headband that delivers electrical stimulation externally to the major occipital and transgeminal nerves. The idea is that transcutaneous nerve stimulation can have similar results reported for more invasive treatments. However even the careful placement […]

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Séralini Paper Retracted – GMOs do not cause cancer in Rats

Séralini Paper Retracted – GMOs do not cause cancer in Rats

07 December 2013 by John Underhay

Just a year ago a paper by Gilles-Eric Séralini published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize created a stir in the anti-GMO community. It was touted around the world as the definitive proof that GMOs caused cancer, just as many […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Environment, Featured, Science, Skepticism5 Comments

The Naturopath in the Newspaper part II

The Naturopath in the Newspaper part II

11 September 2013 by John Underhay

This is the follow up to my previous article where a naturopath makes some rather extreme suggestions for a mother concerned about her 11 year old son. In this instalment, she tries to sell a number of her products to address the issues she imagines this child might be struggling with. Addressing an article like […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Featured, Skepticism6 Comments

Naturopathy in the Newspaper

Naturopathy in the Newspaper

16 August 2013 by John Underhay

In my local newspaper, a  naturopath has an advice column that sometimes contains a few grains of good advice, but mostly consists of free advertisement for her services and a bit of scaremongering. An example is this this week’s column. [quotations from the naturopath's article are bolded] Question: Last year my nine-year-old son’s teacher described him […]

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Licensing Psychics and CAM Practitioners

Licensing Psychics and CAM Practitioners

20 March 2013 by John Underhay

Regulation and licensing of businesses is considered a normal part of government bureaucracy. Some libertarians may disagree with any form of government interference in commercial activities, however, it is generally accepted that regulation is a proper government function, even if the type or level of regulation is controversial. One area that has created some discussion […]

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Posted in Paranormal, Pseudoscience, Skepticism10 Comments

Naturopathy and Prostate Cancer

Naturopathy and Prostate Cancer

23 November 2012 by John Underhay

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. It has been said that if you are male and you live long enough you will develop the disease. That’s somewhat hyperbolic, but not much. Along with age, risk factors include race/ethnicity, nationality, family history, and socio-economic status. Prostate cancer occurs more often in […]

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Fluoride and Intelligence

Fluoride and Intelligence

02 October 2012 by John Underhay

Dr. Ken Walker, more well known under his pseudonym, W. Gifford-Jones, has a column published by 70 Canadian newspapers, several papers in the U.S., and the Epoch Times which has editions in a number of European countries. Because of his notoriety, he can be quite influential in shaping public opinion of medical and health issues. […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Skepticism7 Comments

Alberta Government Supports CAM

Alberta Government Supports CAM

28 July 2012 by John Underhay

The Alberta government is moving in a very dangerous direction in health care. Two recent announcements indicate support for both Naturopathy and Chiropractic. Chiropractic On July 7, 2012 the National Post reported that chiropractic treatment will be subsidized for seniors. Health minister Fred Horne said the government had budgeted $7-million to give elderly citizens access […]

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Tickle Me Fish

Tickle Me Fish

30 May 2012 by John Underhay

When I was in Prague recently, I passed a esthetician’s shop with an odd sight in the window. Apparently, they were having a sale, as “Akce Prijde ve dvou, platte jednou” roughly translates (according to Google Translate) as “Come in for one, get two”. Although I have heard of Fish Pedicures before, this is the […]

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  • John Underhay

    John Underhay, also known as Peicurmudgeon, is just your average atheist, left leaning, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, biker. He lives on PEI and spends some of his time attempting to point out the flaws and or dangers in promoting ideas that run contrary to the laws of physics, chemistry, or biology. He has a BSc (Biology) and an MSc (Pharmacology) from the University of Prince Edward Island, and is currently retired. You can read more of his posts at http://peicurmudgeon.wordpress.com/