All Posts in Category "Health Policy"

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

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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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

Health Canada Sends in Helicopters and S.W.A.T. Teams to Clear Health Food Store Shelves of Life Saving Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements… Or Not

Health Canada Sends in Helicopters and S.W.A.T. Teams to Clear Health Food Store Shelves of Life Saving Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements… Or Not

15 January 2013 by Dianne Sousa

  Regular readers of Skeptic North will know that we have been consistently critical of Health Canada and how it regulates the natural health products industry in Canada. In short, we have argued that the regulation is far too permissive, consequently putting Canadians at unacceptable risk of harm. Unsurprisingly there are those that disagree. These folks […]

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Posted in Canada, Health, Health Policy, Skepticism4 Comments

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Should the Canadian Government Pay for CAM?

29 August 2012 by Michael Kruse

Wouldn’t it be lovely if everybody had a pony?  The gentle clip clop of its hooves on the roadway would be heaven.  The swishing of the tail and the gentle up and down motion would be a delightful way to destress after a long hard week of work, and besides, decreasing stress makes one healthier, […]

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The Long List of Absurd – Health Canada Approved – Homeopathic Medicines

The Long List of Absurd – Health Canada Approved – Homeopathic Medicines

24 August 2012 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, our resident pharmacist asked the question “Is there anything the Natural Health Products Directorate won’t approve?” In that post there was a short list of some of the products Health Canada has allowed on the market, including homeopathic insulin and chloroform. Unfortunately, these products are not peculiarities.  I’ve made it a habit […]

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

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Wind Turbine Study – have your say

12 July 2012 by Marion Kilgour

When I worked in the small town of Chetwynd in northern BC, there was an ongoing conversation in the letters section of the local news about the health effects of wind turbines on a nearby ridge, and in town. I’ll admit that I haven’t been following the science much since then. The North American Platform […]

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Homeopathic Insect Repellent: Is there anything the Natural Health Products Directorate won’t approve?

Homeopathic Insect Repellent: Is there anything the Natural Health Products Directorate won’t approve?

22 June 2012 by Scott Gavura

A recurring focus of this blog has been to examine the implications and consequences of the uniquely Canadian approach to  regulating the consumer market for what are termed “natural health products”. One of the triumphs of the Canadian natural product and supplement industry was the 1990′s decision to create different regulatory standards for the evaluation […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism15 Comments