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Update on Mabus

Update on Mabus

17 August 2011 by Kim Hebert

Typical Mabus threat. As I noted in an update to my previous Mabus post, but will highlight here in case anyone missed that and/or the Twitter chatter, the SPVM (Montreal Police) tweeted this evening that they had made an arrest in the David Mabus case. Later, Canadian media (CTV Montreal, CyberPresse (French), Global Montreal, CTV […]

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Posted in Announcements, Quebec1 Comment

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David Mabus of Internet Infamy FINALLY Investigated

11 August 2011 by Kim Hebert

tl;dr If you would like to report harassment or threats from Mabus, see contact info for the Montreal Police at the bottom of this post. ______________________________ Taken from a Mabus-related Facebook group (see link below) A man from Montreal, who generally goes by the name David Mabus, has been harassing scientific, atheistic, and skeptical bloggers […]

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Posted in Announcements, Events, Quebec13 Comments

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BC Government Confuses Good Intentions with Science

09 August 2011 by Kim Hebert

Should governments spend health care dollars on naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and hypnotherapy, all in the name of “integrative” cancer care? If you live in British Columbia, your government has answered “yes”. This past June the BC provincial government [pdf] announced new funding for five “integrative cancer care centres” in the province. The private provider, Inspire […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Health Policy, Medical Conditions, Pseudoscience8 Comments

WHAW 2011

World Homeopathy Awareness Week 2011

11 April 2011 by Kim Hebert

Another year, another week to be made aware of homeopathy. This year’s theme is musculoskeletal well-being. The website is relatively unclear about their mission this year, but they do helpfully provide contact information for different countries that are involved in WHAW 2011. Their Canadian contacts are: Martine Jourde & Mathieu Bourbonnais S.P.H.Q. (Syndicat Professionnel des […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Pseudoscience9 Comments

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Are Psychics the New Therapists?

19 March 2011 by Kim Hebert

The scrubs mean that I’m right. Are Psychics the New Therapists? Short answer: No. Longer answer: Psychics/mediums are people who claim to predict the future and/or talk to the dead using paranormal powers. There is no evidence (despite years of investigation) that people have these abilities. There is evidence that psychics/mediums use a technique called […]

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Posted in Health, Paranormal8 Comments

Mike Adams Remains True to Form

Mike Adams Remains True to Form

22 February 2011 by Kim Hebert

We’ve written a lot about homeopathy lately, but every time I think I have written all I can, something sucks me back in. The 10:23 demonstrations and the CBC Marketplace coverage have elicited fascinating case studies in CAM professionalism. Rather than offering any new information or evidence about homeopathy itself, some homeopaths have spuriously accused […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Skepticism3 Comments

Homeopathy follow-up: Reactions in the wake of CBC Marketplace coverage

Homeopathy follow-up: Reactions in the wake of CBC Marketplace coverage

03 February 2011 by Kim Hebert

Earlier in January, CBC Marketplace investigated homeopathy. Now that there has been some time for people to react, here is a summary of some coverage around the Internet. Please also feel free to share relevant links in the comments. Favourable Reactions Digital Journal’s opinion section covered the topic of homeopathy in several articles the week […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Pseudoscience9 Comments

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2010 Psychic Review and 2011 Preview

17 January 2011 by Kim Hebert

As it was last year, and likely will be again next year unless the Reptilians get us, it’s December. Unsurprisingly, psychics in late 2008 made their various predictions about 2009 and I examined the claims of two: self-proclaimed psychic Sylvia Browne and Nostradamus fanboi John Hogue. I wonder if they did any better for 2010, […]

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CBC Marketplace Investigates Homeopathy: A Review

CBC Marketplace Investigates Homeopathy: A Review

14 January 2011 by Kim Hebert

Benefiting from the Atlantic Time Zone, I got to be one of the first to watch CBC Marketplace on Friday night (darn you, Newfoundland!) where they covered the topic of homeopathy. Here are my impressions. First, I want to praise Marketplace for not offering false balance on the issue. Homeopathy is not something about which […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Media, Pseudoscience, Reviews40 Comments

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Ginseng: Made of Pure Magic?

07 January 2011 by Kim Hebert

Ginseng: So awesome, The Star doesn’t even have to tell you how it’s actually supposed to work. News coverage of alternative medicine is often abysmal, but Toronto’s The Star offers far more words to a fluff piece than I ever thought possible. After a long and irrelevant personal story about a woman’s personal experiences with […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Media11 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.