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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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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

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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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Posted in Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism, Vaccines3 Comments

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The Cross Canada Skeptical Smackdown Pub Quiz is Back!

05 April 2013 by Ethan Clow

Update! – Victoria is now on-board! Update! – Winnipeg is now on-board! Update! – Halifax is now on-board! The time has finally come. It is time to figure out who are the biggest skeptical know-it-alls in Canada. That’s right, it’s time for the Cross-Canada Skeptical Smackdown Pub Quiz!! This year I have the honour of […]

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Posted in Announcements, Canada, Skepticism4 Comments

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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Posted in Canada, Health Policy, 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

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Battling the Anti-Vaccination Movement

20 March 2013 by Ethan Clow

(Note – this is crossed posted to Radio Freethinker) It’s been a busy month for skeptical activists in Vancouver. I wanted to write about some of the recent news regarding an anti-vaccination conference that was held at the Simon Fraser University, here in Vancouver. The anti-vaccination conference was organized by this group: the Vaccine Resistance […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Health, Vaccines5 Comments

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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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism1 Comment

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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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Posted in Canada, Culture, Evolution, Skepticism1 Comment