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Homeopaths Respond to CBC Marketplace

Homeopaths Respond to CBC Marketplace

11 December 2014 by Kim Hebert

On Friday, 28 November 2014, CBC Marketplace aired an episode (which I recommend watching before reading this) in which they sent parents and their babies to homeopaths for vaccine advice. They were exploring whether homeopaths were one of the sources of misinformation scaring concerned parents away from vaccines. (Note: This article is not about the […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Conspiracy Theories, Health, Ontario, Pseudoscience, Vaccines3 Comments

Health Canada – It’s Far Past Time to Put a Stop to the NHPD Farce

Health Canada – It’s Far Past Time to Put a Stop to the NHPD Farce

09 April 2014 by Kim Hebert

Another foreign government report has been released concluding that homeopathy is worthless. The UK government [pdf] concluded that homeopathy was no better than placebo. The Swiss even threw them a bone and lowered the standard of evidence for the review and came to the same conclusion. Now the Australian government [pdf] has completed its review […]

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Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Featured, Health, Health Canada Approves..., Health Policy, Skepticism3 Comments

Autism “Awareness”

Autism “Awareness”

07 April 2014 by Kim Hebert

Chili’s (a restaurant chain, for those who aren’t already familiar with their earworm baby back ribs song) came under fire this weekend for a promotion in which they would donate a percentage of money from purchases today (7 April 2014) to an autism charity called the National Autism Association. Unfortunately for Chili’s awareness campaign, they […]

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Paging Health Canada – Part 3

10 September 2012 by Kim Hebert

Screenshot taken summer 2011 from here. For context, see Part 1 and Part 2. I have outlined some general issues with the alternative medicine industry, I have described Bell Lifestyle Products as an example of the apparent futility of Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Database registration, and I will now describe the complaints I submitted […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Medicinal Advertising3 Comments

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29 July 2012 by Kim Hebert

My husband and I went to TAM 2012 this year and have finally had a chance to settle down from our vacation following the conference. This is a short summary of the highlights and low-lights of TAM – in my opinion! Different folks will have liked/disliked other things. I welcome people to share their thoughts […]

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Posted in Skepticism10 Comments

2011 Psychic Review and 2012 Preview

2011 Psychic Review and 2012 Preview

29 July 2012 by Kim Hebert

Well, this is a bit late, as it got lost in the draft pile for a while. But better late than never. It’s 2012, which means we’re mere months away from a flurry of white-manufactured Mayan exoticism. It also means looking back at the psychic predictions that came out in 2011! In the past I’ve […]

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Paging Health Canada – Part 2

26 March 2012 by Kim Hebert

Pictured: Health consumers For background, see Part 1. The company I’m going to talk about is called “Bell Lifestyle Products” and I will use this example to demonstrate the uselessness of Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Database. The BLP “About Us” page is a testimonial by one of the owners summarizing anecdotal reports for their […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Medicinal Advertising1 Comment

Marketplace Takes on Cold-Fx: A review

Marketplace Takes on Cold-Fx: A review

16 January 2012 by Kim Hebert

Last January, Marketplace took on homeopathy, a frequent topic among skeptical circles — for good reason. This past Friday they looked into Cold-Fx with somewhat more mixed results. On the positive side, they correctly point out a relatively major concern with natural health products (other than the glaring lack of evidence for efficacy) — poor […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Media, Reviews3 Comments

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Paging Health Canada – Part 1

02 December 2011 by Kim Hebert

Hello? Anyone? Skeptics are often accused of being dogmatic, closed-minded, and/or shills when they criticise particular industries or companies for dishonest, irresponsible, or ethically questionable practices. The natural health industry, with its general lack of oversight and use of science as shiny wrapping paper instead of an inherent foundation, is a veritable cornucopia of claims […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Medicinal Advertising7 Comments

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Naturopathy: Science-based or not?

01 October 2011 by Kim Hebert

(Photo by monkeywing.) Pictured: An actual homeopathic remedy. I am not kidding. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has drawn criticism recently for their bizarrely-worded policy proposal regarding alternative medicine, most notably from the Canadian Medical Association (general organization feedback here). Common concerns were that the policy is insufficiently objective and science-based, […]

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Posted in Alberta, Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Canada, Health16 Comments

  • Kim Hebert

    Kim Hébert is an occupational therapist. She is interested in the promotion of science and reason, particularly regarding therapeutic health interventions. She blogs occasionally about occupational therapy and other health topics at Science-Based Therapy. Her hobbies are art and astronomy. **All views expressed by Kim are her personal views alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of current or former employers, associations, or other affiliations. All information is provided for discussion purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for consultation with a licensed and accredited health professional.