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Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Homeopathy Manufacturer Boiron and Shoppers Drug Mart

Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Homeopathy Manufacturer Boiron and Shoppers Drug Mart

10 April 2012 by Iain Martel

The following is a guest post contributed by Iain Martel of the Centre for Inquiry Canada’s Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS). “Homeopathy: There’s Nothing in it” is the slogan for the 10:23 campaign, a British-based global campaign to educate the public to the fact that homeopathic preparations are typically so dilute that […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism40 Comments

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Paging Health Canada – Part 2

26 March 2012 by Kim Hebert

Pictured: Health consumers For background, see Part 1. The company I’m going to talk about is called “Bell Lifestyle Products” and I will use this example to demonstrate the uselessness of Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Database. The BLP “About Us” page is a testimonial by one of the owners summarizing anecdotal reports for their […]

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Paging Health Canada – Part 1

02 December 2011 by Kim Hebert

Hello? Anyone? Skeptics are often accused of being dogmatic, closed-minded, and/or shills when they criticise particular industries or companies for dishonest, irresponsible, or ethically questionable practices. The natural health industry, with its general lack of oversight and use of science as shiny wrapping paper instead of an inherent foundation, is a veritable cornucopia of claims […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Medicinal Advertising7 Comments

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

11 August 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, Skeptic North reviewed an episode of CBC’s Marketplace that focused on homeopathy. The program featured a parent that opted to use homeopathic vaccines instead of real vaccines. I suspected that the parent was genuinely misinformed about vaccines and homeopathy, and noted in the comments that since as a result of the program, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Pseudoscience, Skepticism12 Comments

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

17 April 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hello Skeptifans. It’s a beautiful day for skeptical Fails and Wins. MS vein blocking doubted Erik and Lorne both sent in this story. Dr. Zamboni’s MS “Liberation” therapy was big news this year, with patients flocking to get the treatment despite the evidence being only preliminary. A new study has been published showing that the […]

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Prostate Cancer: Canadian Scientiferousness & Skeptical Action

Prostate Cancer: Canadian Scientiferousness & Skeptical Action

28 March 2011 by Erik Davis

Last year, I took a look at a product called ProstaCaid, which bills itself as “a comprehensive prostate formula that targets prostate cancer and promotes healthy prostate cells.”  The product caught my eye after its creator tweeted about “Research on new prostate formula that naturally combats #prostatecancer!” but when I checked the data it came […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Canada, Health, Health Canada Approves..., Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism14 Comments

Planning the Perfect Overdose

Planning the Perfect Overdose

14 February 2011 by Dianne Sousa

In preparing to overdose with fellow friends and skeptics in concert with the world wide 10:23 campaign one of the things I had to do was decide what to overdose with. I put some thought into it. Actually, I put a lot of thought into it. I reasoned that if I took the time to […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

17 October 2010 by Melany Hamill

Hello skeptifans. I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend.  I’ve got a crisp new batch of  Fails and Wins for you this week. Why fear of vaccination is spelling disaster in the developing world Deanna found this Win in The Guardian. The anti-vax hysteria we see in developed countries can do much more damage […]

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Heel – Using Science as a Sales Pitch

Heel – Using Science as a Sales Pitch

02 September 2010 by Kim Hebert

The phrase “scientifically proven effective” is thrown around a lot in the marketing world. But in the case of a product making a health claim, what value is there in such a statement? One might reasonably think it means the vast body of scientific literature supports the treatment. But what about when it means that […]

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A Homeopathic Dose of Consumer Protection

A Homeopathic Dose of Consumer Protection

09 August 2010 by Erik Davis

I hope you all caught Scott’s excellent post over at Science Based Medicine last week, comparing the regulatory regimes for natural health products in Canada and the US.  This article will pick up one of his points — the weak enforcement of fraudulent health claims — and summarize some investigations I’ve conducted over the last […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Skepticism8 Comments