Archive for November, 2011

Homeopathy is a popular topic here at Science-Based Pharmacy. I’ve blogged before on the ethics of the provision of these products, and argued pharmacists have an ethical responsibility not to sell, promote, or encourage the sale or use of homeopathy. It’s a question that has been put to pharmacists before. So I was I was […]

In the rough and tumble world of blogging, debate and criticism is healthy. I know I’m a better writer and blogger because the feedback from blogging is immediate and public. Yet if you’re going to blog about science, particularly pseudoscience, you’re going to encounter people who don’t share your belief in critical appraisal. And when […]

Multivitamin supplementation has been getting a rough ride in the literature, as evidence emerges that routine supplementation for most is, at best, unnecessary. Some individual vitamins are earning their own unattractive risk/benefit profiles: Products like folic acid, calcium, and beta-carotene all seem inadvisable for routine supplementation in the absence of deficiency or medical indication. Vitamin […]

From the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s consultation on “Non-Allopathic” therapies comes a revised policy [PDF, starts page 249]. It’s a significant improvement (gone are references to “allopathic”), but it’s still muddled and equivocal when it comes to advocating for a single treatment standard. The Toronto Star is unimpressed with the revision: Alternative […]

I’m one of those odd people that enjoys distance running. I end up spending a lot of time in the company of other runners. And when we’re not running, we’re usually griping about our running injuries. As the cohort that I run with ages, the injuries are getting more prevalent. Besides the acute conditions, the […]

From today’s Guardian:

Weekend Reading


The weekend is nearly upon us. Here’s some recommended reading. With Vaccines, Bill Gates Changes The World Again – Matthew Herper of Forbes magazine crafts an insightful profile of Bill Gates and his new work, using vaccines to improve the lives of millions: To deliver pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines to 250 million children, GAVI raised […]


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