Health Canada: Public Consultation Survey

On April 16, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an article advising of an opportunity to inform government of “what information people want about drugs, how it should be available and who should provide it. The survey is open to anyone.” There is a survey which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete … Continue reading

“Modern Parenting Has a Snake Oil Problem”

Ruth Margolis is correct when she accuses modern parents of having a snake oil problem, a problem that’s “not just vaccines.” Although Margolis’ article focuses on the the behaviour “affluent and educated” parents in her Brooklyn neighborhood, questionable theories on health care for children can be found in any neighborhood … Continue reading

The War on Easter as waged by Whole Foods in Ottawa

I’m not a big fan of Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheque).  It has, quite reasonably, been called a “Temple of Pseudoscience“, for its consistent peddling of all kinds of woo.  They sell you everything you need to get the bad stuff out (with their assortment of intestinal cleanses), and then … Continue reading

Could I please have some chemicals in my food?

I recently bought a bag of cat litter, and noticed that it was labelled “chemical-free”. So I guess it’s really made of magic fairy granules? (I would have said “magic fairy dust”, but it was labelled “dust-free” also.) Then there was the time I ran across some “chemical-free” sunscreen – … Continue reading

Queen’s University Acts Swiftly and Appropriately to Prevent Scientifically Unsound Teachings

Queen’s University has investigated a claim of dubious science teaching and taken swift and appropriate action. Melody Torcolacci, an adjunct professor with the school of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University, faced criticism recently when students complained about an anti-vaccination message in her course material. According to CTV News, one … Continue reading

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