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There’s Nothing Sinister Lurking in That Baby Formula Write Canadian MPs to bring Clinical Trial Transparency to Canada Lisa Posard and Mark Huckaby Homeopaths are not Medical Experts Naturopath Education: Still Replete With Bollocks Health Canada – It’s Far Past Time to Put a Stop to the NHPD Farce
 
There’s Nothing Sinister Lurking in That Baby Formula

There’s Nothing Sinister Lurking in That Baby Formula

This is a guest post by Laura Creek Newman, RD, critically examining health claims about infant formula made by Meghan Telpner, “Nutritionista”, in her recent article What’s Lurking In That Baby Formula? I am going to preface this with my background. I am a registered dietitian practicing for four years, largely in all areas of […]

Write Canadian MPs to bring Clinical Trial Transparency to Canada

Write Canadian MPs to bring Clinical Trial Transparency to Canada

The fine folks at AllTrials have an important reminder for Canadians who are concerned about clinical trial transparency, and it’s time-sensitive! We have just heard that we have a chance to improve clinical trial transparency in Canada. Bill C-17 or “Vanessa’s Law” is being considered this Tuesday and there’s a chance to get clinical trial […]

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New Film Fights Vaccine Hesitancy

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 […]

Homeopaths are not Medical Experts

Homeopaths are not Medical Experts

The CBC recently aired a “National Check Up” health panel segment ostensibly to discuss the current state of medical research. The panel, led by Peter Mansbridge, consisted of  internal medicine specialist Dr. Ali Zentner; Dr. Danielle Martin from Women’s College Hospital in Toronto; and alternative medicine expert Bryce Wylde. Wylde is no stranger to those of […]

Naturopath Education: Still Replete With Bollocks

Naturopath Education: Still Replete With Bollocks

Naturopaths are allowed to call themselves doctors in Ontario, placing them alongside Physicians, Dentists, Psychologists, Optometrists, and (regrettably) Chiropractors as a statutorily-legitimized and protected class of healthcare provider. When someone is given the right to call themselves a doctor, we expect a very high level of medical training and expertise. So it’s fair to ask just […]

Health Canada – It’s Far Past Time to Put a Stop to the NHPD Farce

Health Canada – It’s Far Past Time to Put a Stop to the NHPD Farce

Another foreign government report has been released concluding that homeopathy is worthless. The UK government [pdf] concluded that homeopathy was no better than placebo. The Swiss even threw them a bone and lowered the standard of evidence for the review and came to the same conclusion. Now the Australian government [pdf] has completed its review […]

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Chronic Lyme Disease Creeps into Green Party Bill

24 February 2014 by Michael Kruse

Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada has been pushing for the adoption of a national Lyme disease strategy in Canada.  Her private member’s bill, Bill C-442, outlines the urgent need for more up-to-date testing and treatment.  In as much as acute Lyme disease, infection by the bacteria Borrelia borgdorferi*, is a […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Medical Conditions1 Comment

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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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Media, Skepticism, Vaccines3 Comments

Does Dr. Gifford-Jones Understand Science?

Does Dr. Gifford-Jones Understand Science?

04 February 2014 by Gem Newman

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, a prolific syndicated pseudonymous newspaper columnist, has written yet another article on the purported dangers of “radiation” from electronic devices. Well known to Canadian skeptics for advocating placebo cures, blaming “dirty electricity” for a host of common ailments, and promoting accusations that Health Canada is “terrorizing” the proprietors of health food stores, […]

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Séralini Paper Retracted – GMOs do not cause cancer in Rats

Séralini Paper Retracted – GMOs do not cause cancer in Rats

07 December 2013 by John Underhay

Just a year ago a paper by Gilles-Eric Séralini published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology, Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize created a stir in the anti-GMO community. It was touted around the world as the definitive proof that GMOs caused cancer, just as many […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Environment, Featured, Science, Skepticism5 Comments

Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed

Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed

15 October 2013 by Shawn Brooks

With the recent release of the latest report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) there has been a cluster of news articles and television timeslots devoted to climate change in the Canadian media over the past couple of weeks. Anthony Farnell, a meteorologist with Global News wrote a piece about the IPCC’s latest […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Environment, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Reviews, Science, Skepticism9 Comments

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Launching a Skeptical-themed Manga Series

27 September 2013 by Sara E. Mayhew

Legend of the Ztarr is a sword-and-sandals skeptical-themed manga epic that I’ve been writing and illustrating as my main publishing project. Recently, the popular crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, made itself open to Canadian creators, making it possible for me to launch the Legend of the Ztarr Kickstarter, which aims to create a print edition of Volume […]

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The Naturopath in the Newspaper part II

The Naturopath in the Newspaper part II

11 September 2013 by John Underhay

This is the follow up to my previous article where a naturopath makes some rather extreme suggestions for a mother concerned about her 11 year old son. In this instalment, she tries to sell a number of her products to address the issues she imagines this child might be struggling with. Addressing an article like […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Featured, Skepticism6 Comments

NHP Licensing by Health Canada Ignores Reality

NHP Licensing by Health Canada Ignores Reality

10 September 2013 by Michael Kruse

The debate over the licensing of dubious products by Health Canada heated up over the weekend this week with an article published in the Toronto Star on Friday.  The article, by NYU med student Nathan Kunzler and NYU medical ethics professor Dr. Arther Caplan, suggests that Health Canada’s continued approval of bogus homeopathic “nosodes” may […]

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Posted in Canada, Health, Health Canada Approves..., Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising7 Comments

C4ST and Frank Clegg Spreading WiFi Fear

C4ST and Frank Clegg Spreading WiFi Fear

04 September 2013 by Michael Kruse

Once more, Frank Clegg and the BC based Citizens for Safe Technology (C4ST) have shown that they will not let science get in the way of scaring children and families.  This past Tuesday, the start of school for most Ontario children, C4ST was positioned outside of a school in Mississauga handing out pamphlets warning children and […]

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Posted in Media, Ontario, Pseudoscience, Skepticism5 Comments

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

02 September 2013 by Gem Newman

A news article from the Irish Independent has been making the rounds these last few days. With the cheery title of “Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides” this (almost) unbelievably credulous bit of reportage claims that a new technology developed in Ireland will solve pretty well every modern-day agricultural woe. “But how?” you […]

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Posted in Environment, Featured, Pseudoscience, Skepticism2 Comments