All Posts in Category "Vaccines"

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New Film Fights Vaccine Hesitancy

01 May 2014 by Michael Kruse

Fear sells. Parents are set up to respond to fear-based propaganda quite handily: a new baby in the house puts everyone on alert, like having a delicate glass globe balanced on a knife’s edge, ready to fall at the mere hint of a breeze.  The information war over vaccination is an obvious reflection of this […]

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Autism “Awareness”

Autism “Awareness”

07 April 2014 by Kim Hebert

Chili’s (a restaurant chain, for those who aren’t already familiar with their earworm baby back ribs song) came under fire this weekend for a promotion in which they would donate a percentage of money from purchases today (7 April 2014) to an autism charity called the National Autism Association. Unfortunately for Chili’s awareness campaign, they […]

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Bryce Wylde’s Bad Flu Advice

Bryce Wylde’s Bad Flu Advice

06 February 2014 by Michael Kruse

In a recent article for the Globe and Mail, self-styled health-guru Bryce Wylde has stuck his foot in it again.  In an article entitled Eight easy, natural ways to keep the flu at bay (without leaving home) Wylde has proven that the only thing he can do without leaving home is make up dangerous health […]

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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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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Scientific skepticism about vaccine safety: you’re doing it wrong

Scientific skepticism about vaccine safety: you’re doing it wrong

31 August 2012 by Richelle McCullough

  I don’t know what it is about vaccination that attracts so much vitriol, but in light of the recent pertussis outbreak which has claimed the life of an Albertan infant, I am loath to let anti-vaccine apologetics stand unchallenged. Today’s offering at the altar of McCarthy comes via Canadian pharmaceutical policy researcher, Alan Cassels. […]

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Antivax 101: Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement

Antivax 101: Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement

10 April 2012 by Scott Gavura

This is the first of a series of posts adapting a presentation made at The Ontario Public Health Convention in April, 2011. The presentation, “Fighting in the Trenches: Countering Anti-Vaccine Sentiment with Social Media” was a panel discussion from Skeptic North contributors Scott Gavura and Kimberly Hébert: One of the best parts of the infectious […]

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