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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

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

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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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Ontario2 Comments

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Iva Lloyd on Cancer

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Iva Lloyd on Cancer

01 October 2012 by Erik Davis

  Practitioner Iva Lloyd (Markham, Ontario) Qualifications Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Registered Polarity Therapist & Educator (RPE), and Reiki Master Founder of Naturopathic Foundations Health Clinic Claims That… Intravenous Vitamin C kills cancer. Cancer can be fed by the food that you eat.  Infra-red saunas can eliminate chemicals that promote cancer growth. Homeopathy and hydrotherapy are useful […]

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Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Ontario, Skepticism7 Comments

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Sat Dharam Kaur on Breast Cancer

Alt-Med or Alt-Menace? Sat Dharam Kaur on Breast Cancer

07 September 2012 by Erik Davis

  Practitioner Sat Dharam Kaur (Owen Sound, Ontario) Qualifications Naturopathic Doctor Claims That… Teenagers can prevent breast cancer by wearing a looser bra, spending an hour a week in the sauna, filtering their shower water, not Scotchgarding their furniture, celebrating Rachel Carson Day, and 60 other easy to implement strategies.        

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Dr. Abs to the ER. Dr. Abs to the ER.

03 September 2012 by Steve Thoms

Once in a while, a major Canadian media outlet runs a story on some alternative medicine fad.  These stories often have several themes in common: 1) Claims that the fad in question is derived from ancient knowledge and practices. 2) Paradoxically, it’s totally new and hip. 3) It’s also fairly expensive. 4) You have to […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Ontario, Skepticism3 Comments

Toronto Aetherius Society: His Master’s Voice, stuff that goes boom, and a lack of proof (Part 2)

Toronto Aetherius Society: His Master’s Voice, stuff that goes boom, and a lack of proof (Part 2)

31 January 2012 by Karl Mamer

  After about an hour of bringing us up to speed on who King was and the beliefs of the Aetherius Society, Jaggard got into the “irrefutable evidence”. Alas, it was nothing like an alien body or parts of a saucer. Jaggard admits he believes the existence of alien-piloted UFOs is a given. Me, I’m […]

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Toronto Aetherius Society: Jesus, Venusians, and some bad astronomy (Part 1)

Toronto Aetherius Society: Jesus, Venusians, and some bad astronomy (Part 1)

30 January 2012 by Karl Mamer

My best friend Terry has, for the want of something to occupy his time, decided to become the leading expert on the Betty and Barney Hill UFO abduction case. I keep promising the listeners of my Conspiracy Skeptic podcast that I’m going to have him on as a guest and blow the lid off the […]

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CPSO Final Policy on CAM Surprises Skeptics

CPSO Final Policy on CAM Surprises Skeptics

09 December 2011 by Michael Kruse

On November 29th, 2011, the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons voted to accept their new revision of the policy on Complementary/Alternative Medicine, a policy that has undergone revision with community consultation over the past two years. Skeptics at the Centre For Inquiry’s Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism, after celebrating a win described here, […]

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