All Posts in Category "Alternative Medicine"

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

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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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

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

Low Level Laser Placebo?

Low Level Laser Placebo?

27 February 2013 by Bart Farkas

In the last few years it appears that the number of clinics offering “Laser Therapy” for pain relief, arthritis, hair loss (or to remove hair) and a bevy of other health benefits. Billboard ads, radio spots, even flyers in alternative medicine offices (Chiropractors, naturopaths etc.) seem subjectively to be increasing. It got me thinking about […]

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Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Health, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism16 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

A Response to Karen Wehrstein: Homeopathy Offers Hope but Delivers Only Sweet Nothings

A Response to Karen Wehrstein: Homeopathy Offers Hope but Delivers Only Sweet Nothings

29 January 2013 by Dianne Sousa

Last week, an editorial in the National Post by Tim Caulfield ruffled a few homeopathic feathers. In it, Caulfield argues that when provinces grant regulatory status to alternative practitioners like naturopathy, they are legitimizing rank quackery. This is the case because naturopathy relies heavily on homeopathy, which Caulfield correctly describes as “bogus”. Canadian supporters of […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health15 Comments

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Why You Should Not Trust Homeopathic Vaccines

18 January 2013 by Michael Kruse

  This is a repost of an article that appeared on the Huffington Post Canada blog site on January 17 2013. There is a slowly rising tide of uncertainty  in Canada over the necessity and safety of vaccines for childhood infectious disease. While the safety  and efficacy of vaccines is very well established, doubt continues to be […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Skepticism, Vaccines1 Comment

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