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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

Naturopathy in the Newspaper

Naturopathy in the Newspaper

16 August 2013 by John Underhay

In my local newspaper, a  naturopath has an advice column that sometimes contains a few grains of good advice, but mostly consists of free advertisement for her services and a bit of scaremongering. An example is this this week’s column. [quotations from the naturopath's article are bolded] Question: Last year my nine-year-old son’s teacher described him […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Featured, Skepticism2 Comments

The Moon-Surgery Effect

The Moon-Surgery Effect

06 August 2013 by Shawn Brooks

I know a nurse who swears that the ER at her hospital is busier on nights of the full moon. Last week a colleague of mine said to me, “Of course the moon affects our bodies – the moon can move the oceans. And our bodies are mostly water.” This was followed up by someone […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Medical Conditions, Science, Skepticism2 Comments

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New Study on Gut Bacteria in Autism Unrelated to Wakefield Study

12 July 2013 by Michael Kruse

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on July 10 2013 A study published in the open access science journal PLoS ONE on July 3rd 2013 is starting to make the rounds in the alternative medicine community.  One site has already claimed that the new study serves to partially exonerate anti-vaccine dream-date Andrew Wakefield’s […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Skepticism6 Comments

Skeptical Activism with Fishbarrel: A new tool for consumer protection

Skeptical Activism with Fishbarrel: A new tool for consumer protection

04 July 2013 by Scott Gavura

Being a science advocate and scientific skeptic can feel Sisyphean at times. The promoters of pseudoscience, whether it’s EMF crusaders, the anti-vaccination movement,  or alternative health purveyors appear indefatigable, and seem to outnumber the skeptics that challenge them. I follow a number of alternative medicine sites, out of professional and personal interest. It’s a quick […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism1 Comment

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The Fallacy of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

04 July 2013 by Michael Kruse

  This is a cross-post from the Huffington Post article here. Medicine can be tricky.  Patients never present with the perfect cluster of disease defining symptoms and when they do, it is so rare that you begin to think that they just read a textbook or Googled “heart attack” to fool you.  As a patient, […]

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Posted in Medical Conditions, Skepticism5 Comments

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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Toronto Media, false balance, and the lack of evidence for claims about MIA vet John Hartley Robertson

Toronto Media, false balance, and the lack of evidence for claims about MIA vet John Hartley Robertson

16 May 2013 by Karl Mamer

Is there any evidence for the claim? The short story: very little. Many skeptical of the claim have a very hard time believing a person can forget to speak English. Oddly this is the most believable and easy to verify of all the claims made by the movie. First language attrition is a real phenomenon. Anecdotally, […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, History, Skepticism3 Comments

How Western journalists in Vietnam and POW NGOs were not fooled by tales of MIA Vet back from the dead

How Western journalists in Vietnam and POW NGOs were not fooled by tales of MIA Vet back from the dead

15 May 2013 by Karl Mamer

The known facts: John Hartley Robertson went down in a chopper crash in Laos. Over flight suggested no one could survive the crash and burn. Over flight by other Green Berets saw no survivors and the crash did not look survivable. JHR was declared MIA, presumed KIA. His name is on the memorial wall as […]

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