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Paging Health Canada – Part 3

10 September 2012 by Kim Hebert

Screenshot taken summer 2011 from here. For context, see Part 1 and Part 2. I have outlined some general issues with the alternative medicine industry, I have described Bell Lifestyle Products as an example of the apparent futility of Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Database registration, and I will now describe the complaints I submitted […]

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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

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

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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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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Health Canada Approves…for October 13th

Health Canada Approves…for October 13th

13 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. It was a dead heat this week, with the fictional Bhagavad Vitae losing out to Kripps Heal-All — Natural Health Product Number 80001502 — […]

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Health Canada Approves… for October 6th

Health Canada Approves… for October 6th

06 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. As the saying goes, you can’t make an anti-depressant out of a hound’s ear.  Well, maybe that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but […]

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Health Canada Approves… for September 29th

Health Canada Approves… for September 29th

29 September 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. Sorry folks, while there are many anti-oxidants in the NHPD database, Photosyn 12 is not one of them.  To be honest, I’m not even […]

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