All Posts Tagged With "Pseudoscience"

Homeopaths are not Medical Experts

Homeopaths are not Medical Experts

14 April 2014 by John Underhay

The CBC recently aired a “National Check Up” health panel segment ostensibly to discuss the current state of medical research. The panel, led by Peter Mansbridge, consisted of  internal medicine specialist Dr. Ali Zentner; Dr. Danielle Martin from Women’s College Hospital in Toronto; and alternative medicine expert Bryce Wylde. Wylde is no stranger to those of […]

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Posted in Canada, Featured, Health, Medicinal Advertising6 Comments

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

02 September 2013 by Gem Newman

A news article from the Irish Independent has been making the rounds these last few days. With the cheery title of “Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides” this (almost) unbelievably credulous bit of reportage claims that a new technology developed in Ireland will solve pretty well every modern-day agricultural woe. “But how?” you […]

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Posted in Environment, Featured, Pseudoscience, Skepticism2 Comments

Licensing Psychics and CAM Practitioners

Licensing Psychics and CAM Practitioners

20 March 2013 by John Underhay

Regulation and licensing of businesses is considered a normal part of government bureaucracy. Some libertarians may disagree with any form of government interference in commercial activities, however, it is generally accepted that regulation is a proper government function, even if the type or level of regulation is controversial. One area that has created some discussion […]

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Posted in Paranormal, Pseudoscience, Skepticism10 Comments

Fluoride and Intelligence

Fluoride and Intelligence

02 October 2012 by John Underhay

Dr. Ken Walker, more well known under his pseudonym, W. Gifford-Jones, has a column published by 70 Canadian newspapers, several papers in the U.S., and the Epoch Times which has editions in a number of European countries. Because of his notoriety, he can be quite influential in shaping public opinion of medical and health issues. […]

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Posted in Diet and Nutrition, Skepticism7 Comments

Tickle Me Fish

Tickle Me Fish

30 May 2012 by John Underhay

When I was in Prague recently, I passed a esthetician’s shop with an odd sight in the window. Apparently, they were having a sale, as “Akce Prijde ve dvou, platte jednou” roughly translates (according to Google Translate) as “Come in for one, get two”. Although I have heard of Fish Pedicures before, this is the […]

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Time to Cut Funding For CAM Education in Medical Schools

Time to Cut Funding For CAM Education in Medical Schools

10 February 2012 by John Underhay

It is difficult to determine the number of people who use Complementary and Alternative treatments. CAM practitioners and supporters do their best to make the numbers as high as possible so they can make the argument that the public demands their services. One of the methods they use to inflate the numbers is to include […]

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Posted in Medicine9 Comments

ScaleHammer – More Water Pseudoscience

ScaleHammer – More Water Pseudoscience

03 January 2012 by Marion Kilgour

I think that because water is so ubiquitous, and, let’s face it, pretty awesome all by itself (it expands as it freezes!) people like to use it as the basis for their made up chemistry. An ad for a co-worker selling his unused ScaleHammer recently appeared on the company classifieds. So, I looked up the […]

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Posted in Canada, Pseudoscience, Skepticism8 Comments

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Local Cell Tower Hysteria

09 December 2011 by Marion Kilgour

Most of the cell phone / Wi-Fi hysteria seems to me like it’s been coming from the eastern provinces, although Edmonton has had some short-lived and ineffective campaigns to get Wi-Fi out of schools. But, this summer I got my first taste of local activism about cell towers. Initially, I was on board with the […]

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Posted in Alberta, Health Policy, Pseudoscience, Skepticism15 Comments

Extraordinary health claims about Farmers’ Market foods

Extraordinary health claims about Farmers’ Market foods

07 December 2011 by Richelle McCullough

Image credit: B Tal Near my house in Winnipeg, there’s a summertime Farmer’s Market that I used to go to every weekend to buy fresh local fruits, vegetables and honey. I grew up in rural farming communities and come from a long line of farmers, so I like supporting the little guys who still run family […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Prairies16 Comments

Crashing the Pox Party

Crashing the Pox Party

30 November 2011 by Richelle McCullough

Source There has been much abuzz about “pox parties” – the practice of parents getting a bunch of unvaccinated kids together with an infected one (pick one, really, though chicken pox is the focus of the recent article in Time) in the hope that their little sweethearts become ill and therefore “naturally” immune to the […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Skepticism, Vaccines81 Comments