Archive for July, 2010

A few short updates on topics of interest to SBP visitors. Homeopathy: From Germany, Der Speigel has an extended series of articles: Homöopathie: Die große Illusion (While the articles are in German, you can get a sense of the article just from the title.) No German language knowledge is required to enjoy the photo gallery […]


Canada’s regulatory framework for natural health products (NHPs) has undergone a prolonged, painful, implementation. And it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. The Natural Health Products Regulations were designed to provide Canadians with minimal assurances of product quality, safety, and efficacy, while recognizing that little high quality, objective evidence usually exists to substantiate efficacy claims. The results has […]


On Wednesday, Tom Blackwell in the National Post wrote about the reluctance of regulators to take action against misleading advertising from natural health product manufacturers. I’m quoted, and I brought up the point that Health Canada is complicit in misleading consumers, by assigning unique numbers, and treatment claims, for homeopathic sugar pills: Scott Gavura, a […]


I’ve previously described the consequences of acute and chronic sun exposure, and the rationale for topical sunscreen products. But wouldn’t it be easier to just take a pill that can boost our skin’s resistance to to the harmful effects of the sun? Is it possible to get all the benefits of sunscreen without the bother […]


When you first started seeking the facts about “alternative” medicine, where did you turn? For me, it was Quackwatch. Before there were blogs or podcasts, there was Quackwatch. It’s been around since 1996, which is prehistoric by internet standards. Quackwatch is an enormous site: if there’s a dubious health intervention, there’s a pretty good chance […]



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