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Paging Health Canada – Part 1

02 December 2011 by Kim Hebert

Hello? Anyone? Skeptics are often accused of being dogmatic, closed-minded, and/or shills when they criticise particular industries or companies for dishonest, irresponsible, or ethically questionable practices. The natural health industry, with its general lack of oversight and use of science as shiny wrapping paper instead of an inherent foundation, is a veritable cornucopia of claims […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Medicinal Advertising7 Comments

Greenwashing Quackery

Greenwashing Quackery

20 October 2011 by Dianne Sousa

  Is the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) ever ethically justified? What about its promotion by advocates? Skeptics have long criticized alternative medicine for its inherent lack of demonstrable efficacy and sometimes serious safety issues. This puts the question of ethics front and centre when we discuss the promotion of CAM, and there are excellent […]

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Posted in Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism3 Comments

Evaluating Cefaly

Evaluating Cefaly

19 October 2011 by John Underhay

Recently, on the CBC television program, The Dragon’s Den (Episode 3, available here), a product that the sales team for Roxon claimed to prevent and treat migraine and tension headaches was demonstrated. The product, Cefaly, is a tiara-like headband worn over the forehead  delivers small electrical impulses. Their demonstration satisfied the Dragons, as they received […]

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Posted in Health, Medicinal Advertising7 Comments

Natural Health Regulations: The Yawning Crevice Between “Consumer” and “Protection”

Natural Health Regulations: The Yawning Crevice Between “Consumer” and “Protection”

31 August 2011 by Erik Davis

  Back in March, I embarked on an experiment to test Canada’s consumer protection mechanisms as they relate to natural health products. As you may recall, I made three simultaneous complaints about a product called Provize to Health Canada, Ad Standards Canada, and the Competition Bureau. Provize is a natural health product that claims to prevent […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism8 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

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

11 August 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, Skeptic North reviewed an episode of CBC’s Marketplace that focused on homeopathy. The program featured a parent that opted to use homeopathic vaccines instead of real vaccines. I suspected that the parent was genuinely misinformed about vaccines and homeopathy, and noted in the comments that since as a result of the program, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Pseudoscience, Skepticism12 Comments

Prostate Cancer: Canadian Scientiferousness & Skeptical Action

Prostate Cancer: Canadian Scientiferousness & Skeptical Action

28 March 2011 by Erik Davis

Last year, I took a look at a product called ProstaCaid, which bills itself as “a comprehensive prostate formula that targets prostate cancer and promotes healthy prostate cells.”  The product caught my eye after its creator tweeted about “Research on new prostate formula that naturally combats #prostatecancer!” but when I checked the data it came […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Canada, Health, Health Canada Approves..., Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism14 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

Whole Life Expo 2010: A Personal Account

29 November 2010 by Mitchell Gerskup

This will probably be my last year attending the Whole Life Expo. Last year, I had a lot of fun, took some great photos, tried some foods (some great; some not-so great) and learned a lot about the field of alternative health and its practitioners. This year, if I had to sum up my experience […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Events, Medicinal Advertising, Ontario, Pseudoscience6 Comments

Safe and Effective? A Consumer’s Guide to Natural Health Products

Safe and Effective? A Consumer’s Guide to Natural Health Products

31 October 2010 by Scott Gavura

Note: The following is a summary of my Skepticamp Toronto 2010 presentation. I’ve been practicing pharmacy for over 15 years, and it didn’t take me long to realize after I started working that there was a completely different standard for safety and efficacy for herbal preparations and other supplements. That is, they were largely unregulated. […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising5 Comments