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The Marijuana Debate

The move towards legalizing marijuana in Canada is bringing out the great debaters. I imagine many news outlets across the country have their letter writers frantically keying missives to promote their side of the issue. From the Jan 15, 2015 … Continue reading

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Damned if you do… – heart attacks and anti-psychotics

I have severe depression, and I have had a heart attack. Yes, my father was only in his mid-fifties when he had his first, so I had some genetics against me. However, I had also been taking anti-depressants and anti-psychotics … Continue reading

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Are vitamins and minerals necessary to maintain healthy lifestyle?

Every second week, there is an article in our city paper by a local naturopath. In several previous posts, here and at Skeptic North, I’ve criticized her recommendation for supplements as a universal treatment for everyone, ill or not. It’s … Continue reading

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Pharmaceutical Companies Fight Against Access to Clinical Trial Data

Most of us are aware that Pharmaceutical Companies do their best to hide negative results and promote the positive.   In Ben Goldacre’s recent book, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (that I have not yet read)  … Continue reading

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Intravenous Coffee

We coffee drinkers have all wished for that morning dose of caffeine to be directly injected to get that first shot pulsing through our veins as quickly as possible. Sometimes we’ve even had whole days like that. While we know … Continue reading

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Free Trade, Patents, and AIDS

Judit Rius Sanjuan, is a lawyer from Barcelona/Spain, and US Manager of the Access Campaign at Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders in New York. In an article at PLoS Medicine he describes how free trade negotiations known as the … Continue reading

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Bringing home the bacon.

Just the facts thebacon (acetylhydrocodone, dihydrocodeinone enol acetate) Chemical Class: opioid Clinical Class: analgesic Schedule: 1 DEA Number:9315 Sources: semisynthetic

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Natutral Treatments for ED

The two words “Erectile Dysfunction” can strike fear into the hearts and groins of many men (and their partners). At least into the hearts of those with little imagination and those who link their manhood with their erect penises. This … Continue reading

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Side effects of diseases

There is no doubt about it. Vaccines save lives and improve potential quality of lives for many others. The number of deaths due to communicable diseases has dropped dramatically in the past 60 years. Deaths are relatively easy to quantify. … Continue reading

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4,000 Year Old Flashback

Getting high is not a new phenomena discovered anew by each succeeding generation. It most certainly was not invented in the 1960s. People around the world have been known to use hallucinogens to induce or facilitate a mystical experience. Gary Wenk, … Continue reading

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