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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 Advertising4 Comments

Naturopath Education: Still Replete With Bollocks

Naturopath Education: Still Replete With Bollocks

14 April 2014 by Erik Davis

Naturopaths are allowed to call themselves doctors in Ontario, placing them alongside Physicians, Dentists, Psychologists, Optometrists, and (regrettably) Chiropractors as a statutorily-legitimized and protected class of healthcare provider. When someone is given the right to call themselves a doctor, we expect a very high level of medical training and expertise. So it’s fair to ask just […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Featured, Health Policy, Medicine, Ontario, Skepticism7 Comments

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, Media8 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

Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed

Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed

15 October 2013 by Shawn Brooks

With the recent release of the latest report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) there has been a cluster of news articles and television timeslots devoted to climate change in the Canadian media over the past couple of weeks. Anthony Farnell, a meteorologist with Global News wrote a piece about the IPCC’s latest […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Environment, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Reviews, Science, Skepticism9 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

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

Ask your insurance agent if global warming is alarming

Ask your insurance agent if global warming is alarming

29 July 2013 by Shawn Brooks

One of the internet research techniques that can be used is to sift through all the information on climate change  is to pay attention to what the stakeholders are doing. Who are the stakeholders? Some of the most important ones are: climate scientists (it’s what they do) oil companies (fossil fuel production and distribution costs could […]

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Posted in Canada, Environment, ScienceComments Off

More consequences of calling sugar pills “safe and effective”

More consequences of calling sugar pills “safe and effective”

24 May 2013 by Scott Gavura

Are sugar pills effective substitutes for vaccines? That’s what some are asking about Health Canada’s decision to approve 82 homeopathic “nosodes” which are sold by homeopaths as vaccine alternatives. Homeopathy is an elaborate placebo system of sugar pills. Of all alternative medicine, homeopathy is the most implausible of them all.  Based on the absurd notion […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism, Vaccines5 Comments