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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

13 May 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins you sent me this week. Cutbacks Hurt a State’s Response to Whooping Cough Washington state has been feeling the effects of a pertussis outbreak, and cutbacks to the healthcare system have not helped. Thanks to Anna for this link. We’ve also seen an outbreak north of […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

22 April 2012 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins this week. Herbal remedy used to treat kidney ailments causes kidney ailments What’s the harm in using untested natural remedies? They may have side effects, and sometimes even cause the thing you’re trying to cure! Birthwort (AKA aristolochia) is an “ancient” treatment for all kinds of […]

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Navigating the Complaint Process of Advertising Standards Canada: An Account

Navigating the Complaint Process of Advertising Standards Canada: An Account

23 March 2012 by Dianne Sousa

  Visit the Advertising Standards Canada website and take a few minutes to read through the adjudicated consumer complaints for the last quarter of 2011. You’ll come across this curious report: What could this mysterious, overall-wellness promoting medical device be? I happen to know, because I’m the complainant in this case.  The report that appears on […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism7 Comments

Time to Cut Funding For CAM Education in Medical Schools

Time to Cut Funding For CAM Education in Medical Schools

10 February 2012 by John Underhay

It is difficult to determine the number of people who use Complementary and Alternative treatments. CAM practitioners and supporters do their best to make the numbers as high as possible so they can make the argument that the public demands their services. One of the methods they use to inflate the numbers is to include […]

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Acupuncturist claims cervical cancer is for prostitutes

Acupuncturist claims cervical cancer is for prostitutes

27 January 2012 by Richelle McCullough

While doing some digging into the quackery of a local acupuncturist, I came across a sentiment that I found more than usually appalling. In her story of why she became an acupuncturist, she tells a melodramatic tale about a positive Pap smear test result that changed her life*. There’s all the usual makings of an […]

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Posted in Alberta, Alternative Medicine, Health, Medicine, Skepticism, Vaccines21 Comments

Extraordinary health claims about Farmers’ Market foods

Extraordinary health claims about Farmers’ Market foods

07 December 2011 by Richelle McCullough

Image credit: B Tal Near my house in Winnipeg, there’s a summertime Farmer’s Market that I used to go to every weekend to buy fresh local fruits, vegetables and honey. I grew up in rural farming communities and come from a long line of farmers, so I like supporting the little guys who still run family […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Prairies16 Comments

Crashing the Pox Party

Crashing the Pox Party

30 November 2011 by Richelle McCullough

Source There has been much abuzz about “pox parties” – the practice of parents getting a bunch of unvaccinated kids together with an infected one (pick one, really, though chicken pox is the focus of the recent article in Time) in the hope that their little sweethearts become ill and therefore “naturally” immune to the […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Skepticism, Vaccines81 Comments

Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week

27 November 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me last week. A little dose of hemp will cure everything Lorne sent in this link. PZ Myers covered this video on his blog. A group of Canadian folks are selling hemp oil as a cure for everything. It’s your standard woo-woo panacea […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week

13 November 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me last week. Edzard Ernst on alternative medicine After Steve Jobs death, which we now know may have been hurried due to his decision to choose alternative treatments over evidence based ones, Maclean’s chose to run this Q&A with alternative medicine expert Edzard […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week

30 October 2011 by Melany Hamill

Howdie skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me last week. Don’t swallow everything: Alternative medicine David sent in this win from the Vancouver Sun. The article covers an upcoming book “Dr. Joe’s Health Lab” by chemistry PhD Joe Schwarz. The book discusses the chemistry behind health, beauty, and food science while […]

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