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Heel – Using Science as a Sales Pitch

Heel – Using Science as a Sales Pitch

02 September 2010 by Kim Hebert

The phrase “scientifically proven effective” is thrown around a lot in the marketing world. But in the case of a product making a health claim, what value is there in such a statement? One might reasonably think it means the vast body of scientific literature supports the treatment. But what about when it means that […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising5 Comments

A Homeopathic Dose of Consumer Protection

A Homeopathic Dose of Consumer Protection

09 August 2010 by Erik Davis

I hope you all caught Scott’s excellent post over at Science Based Medicine last week, comparing the regulatory regimes for natural health products in Canada and the US.  This article will pick up one of his points — the weak enforcement of fraudulent health claims — and summarize some investigations I’ve conducted over the last […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism8 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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Canada AM Goes Wylde

15 July 2010 by Kim Hebert

Perhaps Canada AM’s Consumer Alert department needs more meta-awareness, as Canada AM yesterday featured Toronto homeopath Bryce Wylde promoting a “natural first aid kit” for the summer as a “special submission”. The video can be seen here. For those who aren’t familiar, Canada AM is a morning infotainment program. Though they are associated with CTV […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Medicinal Advertising, Ontario26 Comments

Cold-fX is an Olympian Embarrassment

Cold-fX is an Olympian Embarrassment

24 February 2010 by Jonathan Abrams

Now should be a time to get excited and to be proud, we’re hosting the Olympics! Unfortunately, the games have been tainted for me due to their association with Cold-fX. Cold-fX is a pill manufactured and marketed by Afexa Life Sciences (formerly CV Technologies) to “help reduce colds and flu”. It’s the official cold and […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Medicinal Advertising, Medicine, Science4 Comments

Mass Homeopathic Overdose Kills No One: Victory Declared

Mass Homeopathic Overdose Kills No One: Victory Declared

30 January 2010 by Scott Gavura

On January 30, protesters gathered outside outside pharmacies across the United Kingdom and Australia, took massive overdoses of homeopathic remedies … and nothing happened. The event, designed to draw attention to the Alliance Boots pharmacy chain for selling homeopathic “remedies” in pharmacies, was the brainchild of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. Called the 10:23 campaign (the […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism2 Comments

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

Scammers find a new low

14 October 2009 by Kim Hebert

So you’re 15 years old and your mom dies of breast/lung cancer. Imagine your surprise 9 months later when you log on to Facebook and your “mother” has posted a status update promoting colon cleansers (specifically, the company CleanseProX — because the X means it works). I’d link to them, but they have several websites […]

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