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Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Dr. Joanny on Parkinson’s

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Dr. Joanny on Parkinson’s

06 September 2012 by Erik Davis

  Practitioner Joanny Liu (Calgary, Alberta) Qualifications Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Registered Acupuncturist Claims That… Parkinson’s Disease is caused by uncomfortable feelings, which make you shake with anger, grief, and fear. Then the shaking doesn’t stop.    

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Posted in Alberta, Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Health, Skepticism8 Comments

Acupuncturist claims cervical cancer is for prostitutes

Acupuncturist claims cervical cancer is for prostitutes

27 January 2012 by Richelle McCullough

While doing some digging into the quackery of a local acupuncturist, I came across a sentiment that I found more than usually appalling. In her story of why she became an acupuncturist, she tells a melodramatic tale about a positive Pap smear test result that changed her life*. There’s all the usual makings of an […]

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Posted in Alberta, Alternative Medicine, Health, Medicine, Skepticism, Vaccines21 Comments

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Local Cell Tower Hysteria

09 December 2011 by Marion Kilgour

Most of the cell phone / Wi-Fi hysteria seems to me like it’s been coming from the eastern provinces, although Edmonton has had some short-lived and ineffective campaigns to get Wi-Fi out of schools. But, this summer I got my first taste of local activism about cell towers. Initially, I was on board with the […]

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Posted in Alberta, Health Policy, Pseudoscience, Skepticism15 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

Welcome Bart!

Welcome Bart!

24 August 2011 by Erik Davis

  Starting today, you’ll notice a new voice here at Skeptic North as Bart Farkas joins the fray. Bart started his career as a trauma nurse in Calgary, but I first became acquainted with him through his work with the James Randi Educational Foundation, where he was on staff until recently. Among his many responsibilities […]

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Posted in Alberta, Announcements, Canada, Skepticism1 Comment

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10:23 Canada 2011 Events Announced

01 February 2011 by Michael Kruse

This coming weekend groups from all over Canada (except the east coast – hop to it!!) will be participating in the international 10:23 Campaign as they attempt a death-defying “overdose” from homeopathic medications. Participants will swallow “overdoses” of scam medications sold by major retailers which contain no active ingredients. The action is the culmination of […]

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Posted in Alberta, Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Canada, Events, Ontario, Quebec10 Comments

Women? Thinking Critically? That’s What SheThought!

Women? Thinking Critically? That’s What SheThought!

18 August 2010 by Desiree Schell

I’d like to introduce my fellow Canadians to SheThought.com, a wonderful new women’s critical thinking blog. Founded by Heidi Anderson, and with contributions from women (and men!) all over the world, SheThought provides a supportive place to explore issues important to women, from an evidence-based perspective. Of significance to Canadians; SheThought wants you. In order […]

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Oh Noes! RFK Jr thinks our fish have dangerous levels of Buzz-words

28 January 2010 by Steve Thoms

I was going to write about the death of one of my intellectual heroes, Howard Zinn, until I opened my inbox to find two emails telling me of an appearance by Robert F Kennedy Jr. on Canada AM that can’t go unchallenged by this Canadian skeptic blog. First off, CTV News does not allow for […]

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Statistics for Skeptics Part 2 – Correlation vs. Causation

26 January 2010 by Marion Kilgour

If you live in one of the counties around Edmonton, you’ve probably heard about the Alberta government’s plans to build some new high voltage power lines. In November, there was a protest staged by R.E.T.A and Strathcona County passed a resolution to oppose the construction. There are plenty of reasons for the uproar. Unfortunately, one […]

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Posted in Alberta, Critical Thinking4 Comments

Pregnant Women… Elderly… Hockey Players… You.

Pregnant Women… Elderly… Hockey Players… You.

07 November 2009 by Ethan Clow

Recently the Canadian news world was rocked by the revelation that the Calgary’s NHL hockey team, the Flames, had jumped the queue and gotten the H1N1 Vaccine well before they should have. “Typical celebrities” Was the cry of frustrated line waiters who were trying to get their vaccine via the social contract. As everyone knows, […]

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