All Posts Tagged With "natural health products directorate"

Naturopathy in the Newspaper

Naturopathy in the Newspaper

16 August 2013 by John Underhay

In my local newspaper, a  naturopath has an advice column that sometimes contains a few grains of good advice, but mostly consists of free advertisement for her services and a bit of scaremongering. An example is this this week’s column. [quotations from the naturopath's article are bolded] Question: Last year my nine-year-old son’s teacher described him […]

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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

The Long List of Absurd – Health Canada Approved – Homeopathic Medicines

The Long List of Absurd – Health Canada Approved – Homeopathic Medicines

24 August 2012 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, our resident pharmacist asked the question “Is there anything the Natural Health Products Directorate won’t approve?” In that post there was a short list of some of the products Health Canada has allowed on the market, including homeopathic insulin and chloroform. Unfortunately, these products are not peculiarities.  I’ve made it a habit […]

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Homeopathic Insect Repellent: Is there anything the Natural Health Products Directorate won’t approve?

Homeopathic Insect Repellent: Is there anything the Natural Health Products Directorate won’t approve?

22 June 2012 by Scott Gavura

A recurring focus of this blog has been to examine the implications and consequences of the uniquely Canadian approach to  regulating the consumer market for what are termed “natural health products”. One of the triumphs of the Canadian natural product and supplement industry was the 1990′s decision to create different regulatory standards for the evaluation […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health Policy, Skepticism15 Comments

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

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

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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Health Canada Approves…for November 3rd

Health Canada Approves…for November 3rd

03 November 2010 by Erik Davis

Welcome to Health Canada Approves… where we ask you to determine which products have been licensed by Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate. I took a brief hiatus last week to finish up my series on magical thinking, but am back in the saddle and ready to discuss the results from our latest poll: A not-quite-filibuster-proof […]

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Safe and Effective? A Consumer’s Guide to Natural Health Products

Safe and Effective? A Consumer’s Guide to Natural Health Products

31 October 2010 by Scott Gavura

Note: The following is a summary of my Skepticamp Toronto 2010 presentation. I’ve been practicing pharmacy for over 15 years, and it didn’t take me long to realize after I started working that there was a completely different standard for safety and efficacy for herbal preparations and other supplements. That is, they were largely unregulated. […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising5 Comments

Health Canada Approves…for October 20th

Health Canada Approves…for October 20th

20 October 2010 by Erik Davis

Welcome to Health Canada Approves… where we ask you to determine which products have been licensed by Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate. Here are the results from last week’s poll. I guess I wasn’t fooling anyone.  Fact is, I had eaten some particularly delicious toro the night before and thought, “now this should be […]

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