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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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Posted in Featured, Health, Skepticism4 Comments

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

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 […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Atlantic, Skepticism5 Comments

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

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Cell Phones Still Not Linked to Brain Cancer

12 December 2011 by Michael Kruse

The process of skepticism and scientific inquiry, it has become very apparent to me, requires constant learning and re-evaluation of one’s unfounded beliefs.  My own personal journey has been one that came from a position of simplistic certainly about the world and has resulted in a necessary embrace of uncertainty and a probabilistic understanding of […]

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Posted in Medicine, Skepticism15 Comments

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BC Government Confuses Good Intentions with Science

09 August 2011 by Kim Hebert

Should governments spend health care dollars on naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, and hypnotherapy, all in the name of “integrative” cancer care? If you live in British Columbia, your government has answered “yes”. This past June the BC provincial government [pdf] announced new funding for five “integrative cancer care centres” in the province. The private provider, Inspire […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Health Policy, Medical Conditions, Pseudoscience8 Comments

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

19 June 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hello Skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins this week. Which is more dangerous, the phone or the sunshine? Where’s the Panic Button on This Phone? Michael sent in this story. This excellent article covers the facts about cellphones and cancer, as well as reasons why we get so hysterical about the issue. It thoroughly […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

22 May 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hello Skeptifans. Here are your Fails and Wins in the media this week. Cellphone towers draw Lower Mainland opposition Residents of BC’s lower mainland are concerned about a proposal to build two new cell towers. Even a local school board has voted to oppose the project. One woman interviewed admitted that she was only afraid […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

20 March 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hello skeptifans. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Here are the latest Fails and Wins. Signs of Atlantis found in southern Spain: scientists Pat and Marion both sent in this story. Once upon a time, Plato told a story that involved the land of Atlantis. This was not a historical account, it was a […]

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What We’re Reading

24 November 2010 by Scott Gavura

We’re introducing a new feature: Here’s what Skeptic North authors are reading, or just find interesting. Like the feature? Don’t like it? Let us know in the comments. Yoni Freedhoff debunks the recent story that eggs are worse than Double Downs. Alas, the Double Down is gone. My arteries are grateful. No evidence alternative ‘cures’ […]

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