Archive for September, 2010

Today’s post is from SBP contributor Avicenna. Here’s his bio and his prior posts. An estimated 2 to 3% of the developed world  -  roughly 1 million Canadians and 10 million Americans  -  suffer from a debilitating form of chronic pain, called neuropathic pain (NP) or neuralgia.(1,2) What’s worse is that these numbers are expected […]


Guess The Fake

19Sep10

]I want to highlight a popular new recurring post over at Skeptic North: Health Canada Approves. Each week, Erik Davis describes two remedies:  An actual product reviewed and approved by Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate, and one that is completely made up. Based on his description (no googling!), can you identify which product is […]


Are you baffled by the popularity of pseudoscience? Are you interested in critical thinking and science? On October 23, 2010 four SkeptiCamps will take place across Canada. If you enjoy reading this blog, you’ll undoubtably enjoy SkeptiCamp. Happily, SkeptiCamp involves no actual camping. It’s a flexibly organized, collaborative conference on science and critical thinking. SkeptiCamp […]


A comprehensive study published today has failed to find any relationship between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the administration of vaccines that contain thimerosal. This lack of association even extends to prenatal exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines. Will this study finally put an end to the manufactroversy about vaccines, thimerosal, and autism?


I stumbled across a full page advertisement in the August 2010 Toronto Life, with this headline: I tried Blue Berry Eyebright and improved my eyesight!” The rest of the ad is a testimonial from “Earle” who suffers from macular degeneration. Reading the ad, it’s clear Blue Berry Eyebright is a supplement specifically at people worried […]


This post originally appeared at Science-Based Medicine. Join in the discussion there. A topic of growing interest (and concern) for advocates of science-based medicine is laboratory and diagnostic test pseudoscience. Over the past several years, diagnostic tests have emerged that appear to be science-based and offer gene-level insights into your health. And these tests don’t […]


Here’s an email I received the other day:


I can across a strange full-page ad in yesterday’s Globe and Mail. The headline was huge: Reclaim your inner peace. Homeopathic Preparations. Scientifically proven effective. Proven effective? Large comprehensive reviews have concluded that homeopathy is not efficacious (that is, it does not work beyond the placebo effect) and that explanations for why homeopathy would work […]



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