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Launching a Skeptical-themed Manga Series

27 September 2013 by Sara E. Mayhew

Legend of the Ztarr is a sword-and-sandals skeptical-themed manga epic that I’ve been writing and illustrating as my main publishing project. Recently, the popular crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, made itself open to Canadian creators, making it possible for me to launch the Legend of the Ztarr Kickstarter, which aims to create a print edition of Volume […]

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The Naturopath in the Newspaper part II

The Naturopath in the Newspaper part II

11 September 2013 by John Underhay

This is the follow up to my previous article where a naturopath makes some rather extreme suggestions for a mother concerned about her 11 year old son. In this instalment, she tries to sell a number of her products to address the issues she imagines this child might be struggling with. Addressing an article like […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Featured, Skepticism6 Comments

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

02 September 2013 by Gem Newman

A news article from the Irish Independent has been making the rounds these last few days. With the cheery title of “Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides” this (almost) unbelievably credulous bit of reportage claims that a new technology developed in Ireland will solve pretty well every modern-day agricultural woe. “But how?” you […]

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Posted in Environment, Featured, Pseudoscience, 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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How I cured my gout without medication

How I cured my gout without medication

25 April 2013 by Erik Davis

About a year ago, I had my first attack of gout. It sucked. It came on during the weekend we were moving into our house, and I was convinced I’d somehow broken my big toe in the move. I’d dropped a box on it or rolled a dolly over it or something — I must […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Featured, Health, Medical Conditions, Skepticism6 Comments

Dr. Oz, Bryce Wylde, and the Canadian Law Against “False or Misleading News”

Dr. Oz, Bryce Wylde, and the Canadian Law Against “False or Misleading News”

17 January 2013 by Erik Davis

The following is a guest post by Jeremy Petch, health policy researcher and Opinions Editor at healthydebate.ca. Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyPetch. Dr. Oz has become a ubiquitous television icon. His daily talk show, broadcast in Canada on CTV (owned by Bell Media), rules the daytime TV ratings. In real life, Dr. Oz is a […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Guest Post, Health Policy, Skepticism24 Comments

How I lost 40 lbs doing everything wrong

How I lost 40 lbs doing everything wrong

14 November 2012 by Erik Davis

I’ve been on a quest to lose weight over the last 6 months. It had been a long time coming, and I’d put it off for too many years. But while I have been achieving my goals, it’s got to be a statistical fluke, because I’ve done just about everything wrong! 1) I ate wheat! […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Featured, Health, Skepticism45 Comments

Skepticism in a Small Town

Skepticism in a Small Town

28 September 2012 by Scott Gavura

The following is a cross-post from Science-Based Pharmacy, contributed by a Canadian pharmacist who blogs under the pseudonym “Sara Russell”. In my last post, I introduced myself as a pharmacist in a small-ish town, eager to combat the growing acceptance of pseudoscience into the mainstream. I love living where I live for a multitude of […]

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No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

11 August 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, Skeptic North reviewed an episode of CBC’s Marketplace that focused on homeopathy. The program featured a parent that opted to use homeopathic vaccines instead of real vaccines. I suspected that the parent was genuinely misinformed about vaccines and homeopathy, and noted in the comments that since as a result of the program, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Pseudoscience, Skepticism12 Comments