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Homeopaths are not Medical Experts

Homeopaths are not Medical Experts

14 April 2014 by John Underhay

The CBC recently aired a “National Check Up” health panel segment ostensibly to discuss the current state of medical research. The panel, led by Peter Mansbridge, consisted of  internal medicine specialist Dr. Ali Zentner; Dr. Danielle Martin from Women’s College Hospital in Toronto; and alternative medicine expert Bryce Wylde. Wylde is no stranger to those of […]

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Posted in Canada, Featured, Health, Medicinal Advertising3 Comments

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

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

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

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

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Paging Health Canada – Part 3

10 September 2012 by Kim Hebert

Screenshot taken summer 2011 from here. For context, see Part 1 and Part 2. I have outlined some general issues with the alternative medicine industry, I have described Bell Lifestyle Products as an example of the apparent futility of Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Database registration, and I will now describe the complaints I submitted […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Homeopathy Manufacturer Boiron and Shoppers Drug Mart

Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Homeopathy Manufacturer Boiron and Shoppers Drug Mart

10 April 2012 by Iain Martel

The following is a guest post contributed by Iain Martel of the Centre for Inquiry Canada’s Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS). “Homeopathy: There’s Nothing in it” is the slogan for the 10:23 campaign, a British-based global campaign to educate the public to the fact that homeopathic preparations are typically so dilute that […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism40 Comments

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Paging Health Canada – Part 2

26 March 2012 by Kim Hebert

Pictured: Health consumers For background, see Part 1. The company I’m going to talk about is called “Bell Lifestyle Products” and I will use this example to demonstrate the uselessness of Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Database. The BLP “About Us” page is a testimonial by one of the owners summarizing anecdotal reports for their […]

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Navigating the Complaint Process of Advertising Standards Canada: An Account

Navigating the Complaint Process of Advertising Standards Canada: An Account

23 March 2012 by Dianne Sousa

  Visit the Advertising Standards Canada website and take a few minutes to read through the adjudicated consumer complaints for the last quarter of 2011. You’ll come across this curious report: What could this mysterious, overall-wellness promoting medical device be? I happen to know, because I’m the complainant in this case.  The report that appears on […]

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Habs and Homeopathy

10 January 2012 by Ethan Clow

A few weeks ago I talked about a strange hockey-skepticism convergence on Radio Freethinker. That convergence of course is about the goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens in particular. Carry Price, the BC born goalie who currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens is a spokesperson for the homeopathic product Oscillococcinum produced by the Boiron company in […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Media, Medicinal Advertising, Quebec, Skepticism6 Comments