All Posts in Category "Medical Conditions"

Update on Cefaly

Update on Cefaly

18 March 2014 by John Underhay

In 2011, I wrote an evaluation of  a migraine treatment product that was just beginning to move across the Atlantic from Europe. Cefaly is a headband that delivers electrical stimulation externally to the major occipital and transgeminal nerves. The idea is that transcutaneous nerve stimulation can have similar results reported for more invasive treatments. However even the careful placement […]

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Posted in Featured, Health, Medical Conditions, Medicinal Advertising3 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

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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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

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

Fitnessgoop.com Allows Nonsense about EMF’s and Allergies, But is Intolerant of Skepticism

Fitnessgoop.com Allows Nonsense about EMF’s and Allergies, But is Intolerant of Skepticism

30 August 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Yesterday I found my way to fitnessgoop.com, a website for “Healthy and Inspired Living”. They feature articles from “health experts” touting the virtues of homeopathic travel vaccines and other similar topics of dubious merit. The recently posted article that caught my attention was one titled “Could electro-magnetic frequencies be to blame for allergies?”  The author, Rich Ralph, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Medical Conditions, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism11 Comments

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

24 August 2011 by Scott Gavura

Enjoy this oldie but still relevant PSA from the FDA. (Email readers may need to click through to see the video.) Of course in Canada, we’d call them “Zed Rays” not “Zee Rays”. And these days, some want to call it “Non-Allopathic“, instead of quackery. Source

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Posted in Medical Conditions, Pseudoscience, Skepticism4 Comments

The Straight’s Radiophobic Hissy Fit

The Straight’s Radiophobic Hissy Fit

10 August 2011 by Rob Tarzwell

  This is a guest post from Dr. Rob Tarzwell. Dr. Tarzwell is a nuclear medicine specialist (in training) at UBC in Vancouver, and is on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is a CFI advisor. Vancouver’s Georgia Straight, no stranger to willfully stupid incredulity on science matters, has once […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Environment, Medical Conditions6 Comments

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BC Government Confuses Good Intentions with Science

09 August 2011 by Kim Hebert

Should governments spend health care dollars on naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and hypnotherapy, all in the name of “integrative” cancer care? If you live in British Columbia, your government has answered “yes”. This past June the BC provincial government [pdf] announced new funding for five “integrative cancer care centres” in the province. The private provider, Inspire […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Health Policy, Medical Conditions, Pseudoscience8 Comments

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Wireless Battles Radiate Across Canada

06 June 2011 by Michael Kruse

In my final update, I just wanted to point out some of the conflicts between the public and technology that have ensued since the Simcoe County, Ontario, as well as discuss a couple of studies that did not get a lot of attention but were interesting, none the less. WiFi and Cell Phone Towers Since […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Medical Conditions, Ontario, Skepticism10 Comments