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New Film Fights Vaccine Hesitancy

01 May 2014 by Michael Kruse

Fear sells. Parents are set up to respond to fear-based propaganda quite handily: a new baby in the house puts everyone on alert, like having a delicate glass globe balanced on a knife’s edge, ready to fall at the mere hint of a breeze.  The information war over vaccination is an obvious reflection of this […]

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Royal Society of Canada and Safety Code 6

Royal Society of Canada and Safety Code 6

05 April 2014 by Michael Kruse

This week, the Royal Society of Canada released a report by their Expert Panel on Safety Code 6.  Safety Code 6 is the Health Canada standard that sets recommended exposure limits for radio-frequencies. The last update was in 2013, and Health Canada wanted the RSC’s advice on the updates to make sure they were up […]

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Posted in Canada, Health Policy, Media11 Comments

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Chronic Lyme Disease Creeps into Green Party Bill

24 February 2014 by Michael Kruse

Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada has been pushing for the adoption of a national Lyme disease strategy in Canada.  Her private member’s bill, Bill C-442, outlines the urgent need for more up-to-date testing and treatment.  In as much as acute Lyme disease, infection by the bacteria Borrelia borgdorferi*, is a […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Medical Conditions1 Comment

Bryce Wylde’s Bad Flu Advice

Bryce Wylde’s Bad Flu Advice

06 February 2014 by Michael Kruse

In a recent article for the Globe and Mail, self-styled health-guru Bryce Wylde has stuck his foot in it again.  In an article entitled Eight easy, natural ways to keep the flu at bay (without leaving home) Wylde has proven that the only thing he can do without leaving home is make up dangerous health […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Media, Skepticism, Vaccines3 Comments

NHP Licensing by Health Canada Ignores Reality

NHP Licensing by Health Canada Ignores Reality

10 September 2013 by Michael Kruse

The debate over the licensing of dubious products by Health Canada heated up over the weekend this week with an article published in the Toronto Star on Friday.  The article, by NYU med student Nathan Kunzler and NYU medical ethics professor Dr. Arther Caplan, suggests that Health Canada’s continued approval of bogus homeopathic “nosodes” may […]

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Posted in Canada, Health, Health Canada Approves..., Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising7 Comments

C4ST and Frank Clegg Spreading WiFi Fear

C4ST and Frank Clegg Spreading WiFi Fear

04 September 2013 by Michael Kruse

Once more, Frank Clegg and the BC based Citizens for Safe Technology (C4ST) have shown that they will not let science get in the way of scaring children and families.  This past Tuesday, the start of school for most Ontario children, C4ST was positioned outside of a school in Mississauga handing out pamphlets warning children and […]

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Posted in Media, Ontario, Pseudoscience, Skepticism5 Comments

Narrativbe Medicine

Stories and Medicine

26 August 2013 by Michael Kruse

One thing I find myself doing on a daily basis in my job as a paramedic is telling stories.  Not only is it a way of relaying information about my patients when transferring care to another health care practitioner, but it is essential in the way I continue to learn at work.  How other medics […]

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Naturopaths Petition for More Prescribing Rights

Naturopaths Petition for More Prescribing Rights

19 August 2013 by Michael Kruse

this post is an expanded version of this post that appeared on the Huffington Post A new petition has surfaced concerning the scope of practice of Naturopaths in Ontario.  The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) is collecting signatures to support a rather vague demand that the Ontario health minister Deb Mathews ensure that naturopathic […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Medicine, Ontario, Skepticism2 Comments

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New Study on Gut Bacteria in Autism Unrelated to Wakefield Study

12 July 2013 by Michael Kruse

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on July 10 2013 A study published in the open access science journal PLoS ONE on July 3rd 2013 is starting to make the rounds in the alternative medicine community.  One site has already claimed that the new study serves to partially exonerate anti-vaccine dream-date Andrew Wakefield’s […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Skepticism6 Comments

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The Fallacy of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

04 July 2013 by Michael Kruse

  This is a cross-post from the Huffington Post article here. Medicine can be tricky.  Patients never present with the perfect cluster of disease defining symptoms and when they do, it is so rare that you begin to think that they just read a textbook or Googled “heart attack” to fool you.  As a patient, […]

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Posted in Medical Conditions, Skepticism5 Comments

  • Michael Kruse

    Michael is an advanced-care paramedic in York Region, just north of Toronto, Ontario. A semi-retired theatrical lighting designer as well, he re-trained in 2005 as an EMT-PS at the University of Iowa and as an ACP at Durham College, and is currently working towards a B.Sc at the University of Toronto. Michael is a founder and the chair of the board of directors of Bad Science Watch. He is also the recipient of the first annual Barry Beyerstein Award for Skepticism. Follow Michael on twitter @anxiousmedic. Michael's musings are his own and do not necessarily represent those of his employer or Bad Science Watch.