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Write Canadian MPs to bring Clinical Trial Transparency to Canada

Write Canadian MPs to bring Clinical Trial Transparency to Canada

24 May 2014 by Gem Newman

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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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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Health Canada Sends in Helicopters and S.W.A.T. Teams to Clear Health Food Store Shelves of Life Saving Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements… Or Not

Health Canada Sends in Helicopters and S.W.A.T. Teams to Clear Health Food Store Shelves of Life Saving Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements… Or Not

15 January 2013 by Dianne Sousa

  Regular readers of Skeptic North will know that we have been consistently critical of Health Canada and how it regulates the natural health products industry in Canada. In short, we have argued that the regulation is far too permissive, consequently putting Canadians at unacceptable risk of harm. Unsurprisingly there are those that disagree. These folks […]

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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

Bankers, Buyouts & Billionaires: Why Big Herba’s Research Deficit Isn’t About The Money

Bankers, Buyouts & Billionaires: Why Big Herba’s Research Deficit Isn’t About The Money

28 February 2011 by Erik Davis

It’s a scene from the blogosphere that’s become all too familiar.  A skeptic challenges a natural health product for the lack of an evidentiary base.  A proponent of that product responds that the skeptic has made a logical error – an absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, and in such a scenario it’s not […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Health Policy, Skepticism16 Comments

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

Slipping through the Cracks: Health Canada, Traumeel, and Homeopathy

Slipping through the Cracks: Health Canada, Traumeel, and Homeopathy

16 April 2010 by Scott Gavura

It’s World Homeopathy Awareness Week. Today’s post is a deeper dive into the world of homeopathic “evidence”. Looking at the science, we’ll highlight the implications of regulators applying two sets of standard to health products: One for medicine, and one for homeopathy. Today’s post is by Kim Hebert, who blogs at Science-Based Therapy, and Scott […]

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Remedy Regulation: Homeopathy in Canada

Remedy Regulation: Homeopathy in Canada

14 April 2010 by Scott Gavura

It’s World Homeopathy Awareness Week. Today’s post examines the Canadian regulatory framework for homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is an alternative medicine system that was invented in the 1800′s and involves three main concepts: like-cures-like (what causes a symptom can cure a symptom); individualized treatments (remedy selection considers factors like emotion and mood); and less-is-more (water has […]

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