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Crack Your Back instead of a Vial of Vaccine?

17 May 2013 by Michael Kruse

A few weeks ago, my post on the anti-vaccination bias in the alternative medical community raised the ire of some readers when I suggested that chiropractors have been culpable in the spread of dangourous anti-vax rhetoric.  Some were incredulous at the suggestion that chiropractic as a practice originally included a denial of the germ-theory of […]

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When Immunizing, Don’t Accept Alternatives

24 April 2013 by Michael Kruse

It’s National Immunization Awareness Week in Canada and across the world, and UNICEF is reporting the failure of Canada to achieve the 95% immunization rate required to protect the community from resurgences of deadly and debilitating infectious disease.  At 84%, we are even below the UK, which is experiencing a severe measles outbreak, and we […]

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Stop Nosodes Campaign Launched Today

Stop Nosodes Campaign Launched Today

05 April 2013 by Michael Kruse

After months of research and hard work from all of our volunteers at Bad Science Watch, we have launched the public phase of our campaign to stop the sale of homeopathic nosodes sold as “vaccine alternatives” in Canada.  The website www.stopnosodes.org explains the position of Bad Science Watch and lays out the total lack of […]

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Legislated Alchemy Continues in Ontario

Legislated Alchemy Continues in Ontario

21 March 2013 by Michael Kruse

Cross-posted from Huffington Post Canada On April 1st 2013, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors and acupuncturists in Ontario will need a license to practice their unique brand of healing.  This is the first of three vitalistic and unscientific healing practices to start accepting members in Ontario; the naturopaths will be next, followed by the homeopaths.  […]

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Health Canada in Pocket of “Big Herba”

Health Canada in Pocket of “Big Herba”

16 February 2013 by Michael Kruse

This article cross-posted from the Huffington Post Canada I believe in personal autonomy, a cornerstone of the consent process in the health care system. Each person has the inherent right to decide what to put in their body, what treatment to have, or to refuse any treatment they are offered by their chosen healer. That […]

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Darwin Day: Modern Creationism Still Threatens Education

13 February 2013 by Michael Kruse

This is cross-posted from the Huffington Post Canada In his new play The De Chardin Project, playwright Adam Seybold has the Jesuit priest and paleontologist Father Teilard De Chardin describe his witnessing of a terrible natural event whereby he arose from his cabin aboard a steamer on route to China to find a fire raging […]

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Why You Should Not Trust Homeopathic Vaccines

18 January 2013 by Michael Kruse

  This is a repost of an article that appeared on the Huffington Post Canada blog site on January 17 2013. There is a slowly rising tide of uncertainty  in Canada over the necessity and safety of vaccines for childhood infectious disease. While the safety  and efficacy of vaccines is very well established, doubt continues to be […]

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Canadian Astronomy Podcast Interviews Lawrence Krauss

04 January 2013 by Michael Kruse

This is just a quick note to point out one of the few Canadian astronomy and space podcasts. Star Spot is hosted by the Centre for Inquiry’s Justin Trottier and in their most recent episode he interviews theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, who spent his childhood in Toronto but now resides in Phoenix, Arizona where he […]

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Let’s Get Physical: BodyTalk Baseless

27 September 2012 by Michael Kruse

When I was in my second year at college, the first time, I was working at a dinner theatre in Mississauga, west of Toronto, to pay the bills.  We were playing Grease and as the head electrician I had some time to pass, so I picked up Scientific American to read during the show – Discovery […]

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Should the Canadian Government Pay for CAM?

29 August 2012 by Michael Kruse

Wouldn’t it be lovely if everybody had a pony?  The gentle clip clop of its hooves on the roadway would be heaven.  The swishing of the tail and the gentle up and down motion would be a delightful way to destress after a long hard week of work, and besides, decreasing stress makes one healthier, […]

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  • 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.