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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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New Study on Gut Bacteria in Autism Unrelated to Wakefield Study

12 July 2013 by Michael Kruse

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on July 10 2013 A study published in the open access science journal PLoS ONE on July 3rd 2013 is starting to make the rounds in the alternative medicine community.  One site has already claimed that the new study serves to partially exonerate anti-vaccine dream-date Andrew Wakefield’s […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Skepticism6 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

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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

More consequences of calling sugar pills “safe and effective”

More consequences of calling sugar pills “safe and effective”

24 May 2013 by Scott Gavura

Are sugar pills effective substitutes for vaccines? That’s what some are asking about Health Canada’s decision to approve 82 homeopathic “nosodes” which are sold by homeopaths as vaccine alternatives. Homeopathy is an elaborate placebo system of sugar pills. Of all alternative medicine, homeopathy is the most implausible of them all.  Based on the absurd notion […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism, Vaccines5 Comments

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Crack Your Back instead of a Vial of Vaccine?

17 May 2013 by Michael Kruse

A few weeks ago, my post on the anti-vaccination bias in the alternative medical community raised the ire of some readers when I suggested that chiropractors have been culpable in the spread of dangourous anti-vax rhetoric.  Some were incredulous at the suggestion that chiropractic as a practice originally included a denial of the germ-theory of […]

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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

When Immunizing, Don’t Accept Alternatives

24 April 2013 by Michael Kruse

It’s National Immunization Awareness Week in Canada and across the world, and UNICEF is reporting the failure of Canada to achieve the 95% immunization rate required to protect the community from resurgences of deadly and debilitating infectious disease.  At 84%, we are even below the UK, which is experiencing a severe measles outbreak, and we […]

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Posted in Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism, Vaccines3 Comments

Stop Nosodes Campaign Launched Today

Stop Nosodes Campaign Launched Today

05 April 2013 by Michael Kruse

After months of research and hard work from all of our volunteers at Bad Science Watch, we have launched the public phase of our campaign to stop the sale of homeopathic nosodes sold as “vaccine alternatives” in Canada.  The website www.stopnosodes.org explains the position of Bad Science Watch and lays out the total lack of […]

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Posted in Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism2 Comments

Legislated Alchemy Continues in Ontario

Legislated Alchemy Continues in Ontario

21 March 2013 by Michael Kruse

Cross-posted from Huffington Post Canada On April 1st 2013, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors and acupuncturists in Ontario will need a license to practice their unique brand of healing.  This is the first of three vitalistic and unscientific healing practices to start accepting members in Ontario; the naturopaths will be next, followed by the homeopaths.  […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Ontario2 Comments