All Posts in Category "Health"

cbc interview

Battling the Anti-Vaccination Movement

20 March 2013 by Ethan Clow

(Note – this is crossed posted to Radio Freethinker) It’s been a busy month for skeptical activists in Vancouver. I wanted to write about some of the recent news regarding an anti-vaccination conference that was held at the Simon Fraser University, here in Vancouver. The anti-vaccination conference was organized by this group: the Vaccine Resistance […]

Read the full story

Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Health, Vaccines5 Comments

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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Alt-Med or Alt-Menace?, Alternative Medicine, Health, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism16 Comments

Health Canada in Pocket of “Big Herba”

Health Canada in Pocket of “Big Herba”

16 February 2013 by Michael Kruse

This article cross-posted from the Huffington Post Canada I believe in personal autonomy, a cornerstone of the consent process in the health care system. Each person has the inherent right to decide what to put in their body, what treatment to have, or to refuse any treatment they are offered by their chosen healer. That […]

Read the full story

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism1 Comment

A Response to Karen Wehrstein: Homeopathy Offers Hope but Delivers Only Sweet Nothings

A Response to Karen Wehrstein: Homeopathy Offers Hope but Delivers Only Sweet Nothings

29 January 2013 by Dianne Sousa

Last week, an editorial in the National Post by Tim Caulfield ruffled a few homeopathic feathers. In it, Caulfield argues that when provinces grant regulatory status to alternative practitioners like naturopathy, they are legitimizing rank quackery. This is the case because naturopathy relies heavily on homeopathy, which Caulfield correctly describes as “bogus”. Canadian supporters of […]

Read the full story

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health15 Comments

homeopathy pills 600 x 300

Why You Should Not Trust Homeopathic Vaccines

18 January 2013 by Michael Kruse

  This is a repost of an article that appeared on the Huffington Post Canada blog site on January 17 2013. There is a slowly rising tide of uncertainty  in Canada over the necessity and safety of vaccines for childhood infectious disease. While the safety  and efficacy of vaccines is very well established, doubt continues to be […]

Read the full story

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Skepticism, Vaccines1 Comment

Dr. Oz, Bryce Wylde, and the Canadian Law Against “False or Misleading News”

Dr. Oz, Bryce Wylde, and the Canadian Law Against “False or Misleading News”

17 January 2013 by Erik Davis

The following is a guest post by Jeremy Petch, health policy researcher and Opinions Editor at healthydebate.ca. Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyPetch. Dr. Oz has become a ubiquitous television icon. His daily talk show, broadcast in Canada on CTV (owned by Bell Media), rules the daytime TV ratings. In real life, Dr. Oz is a […]

Read the full story

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Guest Post, Health Policy, Skepticism24 Comments

Health Canada Sends in Helicopters and S.W.A.T. Teams to Clear Health Food Store Shelves of Life Saving Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements… Or Not

Health Canada Sends in Helicopters and S.W.A.T. Teams to Clear Health Food Store Shelves of Life Saving Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements… Or Not

15 January 2013 by Dianne Sousa

  Regular readers of Skeptic North will know that we have been consistently critical of Health Canada and how it regulates the natural health products industry in Canada. In short, we have argued that the regulation is far too permissive, consequently putting Canadians at unacceptable risk of harm. Unsurprisingly there are those that disagree. These folks […]

Read the full story

Posted in Canada, Health, Health Policy, Skepticism4 Comments

Naturopathy and Prostate Cancer

Naturopathy and Prostate Cancer

23 November 2012 by John Underhay

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. It has been said that if you are male and you live long enough you will develop the disease. That’s somewhat hyperbolic, but not much. Along with age, risk factors include race/ethnicity, nationality, family history, and socio-economic status. Prostate cancer occurs more often in […]

Read the full story

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Atlantic, Skepticism5 Comments

How I lost 40 lbs doing everything wrong

How I lost 40 lbs doing everything wrong

14 November 2012 by Erik Davis

I’ve been on a quest to lose weight over the last 6 months. It had been a long time coming, and I’d put it off for too many years. But while I have been achieving my goals, it’s got to be a statistical fluke, because I’ve done just about everything wrong! 1) I ate wheat! […]

Read the full story

Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Featured, Health, Skepticism45 Comments

A lot of people want to suck my duct

A lot of people want to suck my duct

01 November 2012 by Erik Davis

I often work from a home office. For the most part it’s quiet and allows me to work uninterrupted, but there is one thing guaranteed to break my concentration: telemarketers. On a typical day I get between 1-3 calls from someone trying to sell me something. Some of these are rather benign — charities, blood […]

Read the full story

Posted in Health, Skepticism12 Comments