All Posts Tagged With "vaccines"

Homeopaths Respond to CBC Marketplace

Homeopaths Respond to CBC Marketplace

11 December 2014 by Kim Hebert

On Friday, 28 November 2014, CBC Marketplace aired an episode (which I recommend watching before reading this) in which they sent parents and their babies to homeopaths for vaccine advice. They were exploring whether homeopaths were one of the sources of misinformation scaring concerned parents away from vaccines. (Note: This article is not about the […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Conspiracy Theories, Health, Ontario, Pseudoscience, Vaccines3 Comments

Bryce Wylde’s Bad Flu Advice

Bryce Wylde’s Bad Flu Advice

06 February 2014 by Michael Kruse

In a recent article for the Globe and Mail, self-styled health-guru Bryce Wylde has stuck his foot in it again.  In an article entitled Eight easy, natural ways to keep the flu at bay (without leaving home) Wylde has proven that the only thing he can do without leaving home is make up dangerous health […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Media, Skepticism, Vaccines3 Comments

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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Posted in Canada, Health, Health Canada Approves..., Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising7 Comments

Scientific skepticism about vaccine safety: you’re doing it wrong

Scientific skepticism about vaccine safety: you’re doing it wrong

31 August 2012 by Richelle McCullough

  I don’t know what it is about vaccination that attracts so much vitriol, but in light of the recent pertussis outbreak which has claimed the life of an Albertan infant, I am loath to let anti-vaccine apologetics stand unchallenged. Today’s offering at the altar of McCarthy comes via Canadian pharmaceutical policy researcher, Alan Cassels. […]

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Posted in Health, Skepticism, Vaccines11 Comments

Antivax 101: Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement

Antivax 101: Tactics and Tropes of the Antivaccine Movement

10 April 2012 by Scott Gavura

This is the first of a series of posts adapting a presentation made at The Ontario Public Health Convention in April, 2011. The presentation, “Fighting in the Trenches: Countering Anti-Vaccine Sentiment with Social Media” was a panel discussion from Skeptic North contributors Scott Gavura and Kimberly Hébert: One of the best parts of the infectious […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Health, Skepticism, Vaccines8 Comments

The opposite of stumped: 9 unanswerable anti-vax questions answered

The opposite of stumped: 9 unanswerable anti-vax questions answered

11 February 2012 by Richelle McCullough

9 Questions That Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims found its way onto the Facebook page for the Winnipeg Skeptics when a member’s friend posted it, along with the qualification “if you can give me a good, scientifically-backed answer to each of these questions, I will vaccinate my children.” Oh, if it only were all […]

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Posted in Vaccines20 Comments

mmmmm Placenta.

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

18 December 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hey there skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me last week. ‘Proof’ that homeopathy doesn’t work Blogger Darwin Harmless sent in this link. It’s a win for reporting that an experiment showed homeopathy did nothing. It’s a fail for putting proof in ironic quotes, and citing a lot of useless anecdotal […]

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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

Because putting bull crap in a flowchart makes it sciency!

Skeptical Fails and Wins this Week

06 November 2011 by Melany Hamill

Bonjour skeptifans. Here are the media Fails and Wins you sent me last week. America’s Toxic Flu shots: 250 times EPA mercury limit Lorne sent in this link. If you have followed the vaccine “controversy”, you are probably familiar with thimerosol. Thimerosol is a preservative used in vaccines, and according to this article it is […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

19 June 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hello Skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins this week. Which is more dangerous, the phone or the sunshine? Where’s the Panic Button on This Phone? Michael sent in this story. This excellent article covers the facts about cellphones and cancer, as well as reasons why we get so hysterical about the issue. It thoroughly […]

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Posted in Skeptical Fails and Wins33 Comments