Category Archives: Pseudoscience

Pseudoscience Exempted from GST

At a time when the Canadian government is muzzling scientists, closing libraries, and cutting the archives, all in the name of balancing the budget, they are giving breaks to pseudoscience.

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A Tale of two countries and their homoeopaths

First of all, Sweden now has a homoeopathic emergency room staffed by people who don’t know anything about medicine. It is part of the Salve Health Center situated at the Maria Square in central Stockholm and it opened its doors … Continue reading

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Homoeopathy for asthma

An image posted by Scott Gavura at Science Based Pharmacy led me to look up what homoeopathic treatments are recommended for asthma. According to the British Homeopathic Association, the following are suggested. It is important to note that all of … Continue reading

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Junk Science 2013

It’s that time of year when the lists are made: news-makers, influential people, science stories, etc, etc. Here’s a list from Real Clear Science to really make your blood run cold: The Biggest Junk Science Stories of 2013.

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Animated Storm

Tim Minchin’s “Storm’ is a well known and terrific take-down of many aspects of alt-med, religion, and the supernatural in general. Here is an animated video to accompany his song.  

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Acupuncture – the placebo duck

If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck….. A common phrase, and applicable to the scientific view on acupuncture as placebo. Edzard Ernst has the latest reviews and research on the use of acupuncture in assisting in recovery from stroke. He … Continue reading

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One ring to rule them all

There are large number of unsubstantiated beliefs in our world. Some of them are based upon religion, some on medical quackery, some on the paranormal, some on general pseudoscience, and other on the paranormal. Cristian Jago at The Reason Stick … Continue reading

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The Magic That is Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling sounds like something that might best be done in private, and not discussed at dinner. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is a magical cure all. When I say cure-all, that is exactly what I mean. The health benefits claimed … Continue reading

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Licensing Psychics

Regulation and licensing of businesses is considered a normal part of government bureaucracy. Some libertarians may disagree with any form of government interference in commercial activities, however, it is generally accepted that regulation is a proper government function, even if … Continue reading

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Nasty Folk Medicine

A neighbour recently wrote a history of the community where I grew up. It was an interesting read; lots of old pictures of  and contained numerous pictures of houses and places I recognized as well as many that were gone … Continue reading

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