All Posts in Category "Health Policy"

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

Health Canada – It’s Far Past Time to Put a Stop to the NHPD Farce

Health Canada – It’s Far Past Time to Put a Stop to the NHPD Farce

09 April 2014 by Kim Hebert

Another foreign government report has been released concluding that homeopathy is worthless. The UK government [pdf] concluded that homeopathy was no better than placebo. The Swiss even threw them a bone and lowered the standard of evidence for the review and came to the same conclusion. Now the Australian government [pdf] has completed its review […]

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Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Featured, Health, Health Canada Approves..., Health Policy, Skepticism3 Comments

Royal Society of Canada and Safety Code 6

Royal Society of Canada and Safety Code 6

05 April 2014 by Michael Kruse

This week, the Royal Society of Canada released a report by their Expert Panel on Safety Code 6.  Safety Code 6 is the Health Canada standard that sets recommended exposure limits for radio-frequencies. The last update was in 2013, and Health Canada wanted the RSC’s advice on the updates to make sure they were up […]

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Posted in Canada, Health Policy, Media11 Comments

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Chronic Lyme Disease Creeps into Green Party Bill

24 February 2014 by Michael Kruse

Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada has been pushing for the adoption of a national Lyme disease strategy in Canada.  Her private member’s bill, Bill C-442, outlines the urgent need for more up-to-date testing and treatment.  In as much as acute Lyme disease, infection by the bacteria Borrelia borgdorferi*, is a […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Medical Conditions1 Comment

NHP Licensing by Health Canada Ignores Reality

NHP Licensing by Health Canada Ignores Reality

10 September 2013 by Michael Kruse

The debate over the licensing of dubious products by Health Canada heated up over the weekend this week with an article published in the Toronto Star on Friday.  The article, by NYU med student Nathan Kunzler and NYU medical ethics professor Dr. Arther Caplan, suggests that Health Canada’s continued approval of bogus homeopathic “nosodes” may […]

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Posted in Canada, Health, Health Canada Approves..., Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising7 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

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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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