All Posts in Category "Medical Conditions"

Autism & Contaminated Drinking Water

Autism & Contaminated Drinking Water

10 March 2011 by Erik Davis

This story wasn’t picked up by the mainstream media, so unless you follow right-wing U.S. blogs, you probably missed the news last month that U.S. Environment Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson has found the cause of autism.  It’s not genes, vaccines, or freezer mums – all this time it’s been hiding in plain sight in […]

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Posted in Environment, Health, Health Policy, Medical Conditions, Skepticism2 Comments

Coughs, colds, and the “appealing but mistaken concept of boosting the immune system”

Coughs, colds, and the “appealing but mistaken concept of boosting the immune system”

24 January 2011 by Erik Davis

I came down with a nasty cold before the holidays – so bad that I briefly thought I had the flu, and was cursing myself for having waited so long to get the flu shot, which I’d received just before the symptoms began. Amidst all the sniffling and groaning and self-pitying, it occurred to me […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Health, Medical Conditions, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism, Vaccines27 Comments

CAM and Chronic Disease – A Canadian Study

25 November 2010 by Kim Hebert

About 12.5% of Canadians are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)…or are they? CAM practitioners have been making gains in the Canadian Health System (for example, naturopaths in Ontario were last year given the right to prescribe certain medications) and homeopathic, herbal, and other CAM products line pharmacy shelves with questionable approval from Health Canada. Alt […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Medical Conditions, Science1 Comment

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Pampers Dry-Max: a follow-up

24 September 2010 by Jeff Orchard

Remember the hysteria last May?  Many vocal parents were convinced that Pampers Dry-Max diapers were causing their babies’ rashes.  I blogged on it. Well, on September 4, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada published a statement regarding the alleged link between Pampers Dry-Max diapers and baby-bum rashes.  You might be […]

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A Bed Bug

All About Bed Bugs

03 September 2010 by Chris Hebbern

The bed bug resurgence Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, have been infesting human habitations for thousands of years. About the size of an apple seed, the bugs can hide in electronics, such as radios, in drawers, in and under furniture, behind baseboards, under loose wallpaper, behind paintings and posters, in small cracks and in the curtains. They […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Health, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Medical Conditions, Ontario, Probability and Statistics, Science, Skepticism12 Comments

Scientiferous Treatments for Prostate Cancer

Scientiferous Treatments for Prostate Cancer

05 August 2010 by Erik Davis

Against my more rational urges, I recently joined Twitter.  After all, I’m blogging now, so it was only a matter of time before the other shoe dropped.  I signed on, added a little profile, linked it to Skeptic North, and started following a few people.  Tweeted once, then again, and then once more.  I was […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Medical Conditions, Medicinal Advertising, Medicine, Skepticism26 Comments

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Allergic to Risk Analysis

17 June 2010 by Erik Davis

I’ve come to expect robust skeptical discussion in online forums like this one, but I was encouraged last week to witness some of it “in the field”, as an anthropologist might say. I was doing my regular morning grade school drop-off, when I chanced to overhear a debate between my son’s kindergarten teacher and the […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Health, Health Policy, Medical Conditions, Ontario, Probability and Statistics, Science, Skepticism20 Comments

Homeopathy’s Greatest Hits

Homeopathy’s Greatest Hits

12 April 2010 by Kennedy Goodkey

Happy World Homeopathy Awareness Week (WHAW) everyone! Homeopaths are once again holding a massive, week-long publicity campaign to raise awareness for their practice. So, many Skeptic North contributors and skeptical activists have also committed to raising awareness of homeopathy. I’m not going to get into the details of homeopathy, rather I am going to give […]

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Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy

13 January 2010 by Kim Hebert

I came upon the subject of prolotherapy almost a year ago when I was still in school studying occupational therapy. I had a patient with subluxation of the shoulder – a common side effect in stroke where the weight of the arm without appropriate muscle tone pulls the shoulder joint out of alignment – and […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Health, Medical Conditions, Medicinal Advertising36 Comments

Evidence of efficacy for stress-relief techniques

24 November 2009 by Kim Hebert

I often hear about relaxation techniques in pop psychology. We also discussed them in the mental health section of our Occupational Therapy (OT) curriculum when we explored anxiety. But are they effective and science-based?

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