Pseudoscience

Health Canada Says a Nosode Is Not a Vaccine… But You Can Buy It Anyway (For Fun?)

Health Canada is finally making (baby) steps toward better informing the public when it comes to homeopathy. As readers of the blog should know by now, homeopathy is based on really silly, counterfactual beliefs that, if true, would lead to a complete rewrite of biology and chemistry textbooks. Despite this, Health Canada routinely approves homeopathic … Continue reading

Celebrities and Science: The Darko Side of the Moon
Pseudoscience

Celebrities and Science: The Darko Side of the Moon

One’s acting talent does not always correlate with one’s scientific literacy. Or even one’s critical reasoning skills. An article from the Toronto Sun quotes Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal as saying the following: “I believe deeply in the unconscious. That you literally accumulate the molecules of the space that you’re in. We’re like 90% water, so naturally we are … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Listen: Science Says, “The Best Beauty Product Is…”

What do you think is the best beauty product out there? The one that science has shown has the greatest impact on your health? The one with tested rejuvenating powers? The one the evidence says, “Buy it, use it, and you will see the difference”? Is it Retin-A? Coconut oil? Kakadu plum? Listen to this … Continue reading

I’m Majoring in Science, With a Minor in Wishful Thinking
Pseudoscience

I’m Majoring in Science, With a Minor in Wishful Thinking

The infiltration of pseudoscience in academia, either universities proper or academic health centres, is very real. Dr. David Gorski is doing a great job reporting on the American side of this disturbing inroad, but I thought it was time to tackle the Canadian (and more specifically the Quebec) perspective. The Prince Arthur Herald recently published … Continue reading

Pseudoscience

Follow-Up on the Makayla Sault/J.J./Hippocrates Health Institute Case: J.J. Went Back to Chemo

Finally, two items of good news come out of this dreadful affair in which Aboriginal families stopped chemotherapeutic treatment for their leukemic daughters and sought nonsensical pseudoscientific treatment in Florida. While one of the children passed away this winter, the other, known in the media as “J.J.”, is being reported as feeling well. Could it … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Education

Read: Dr. Labos on Natural Health Products (in the National Post)

If the first episode of Dr. Labos’ and my new podcast, The Body of Evidence (also available on iTunes) failed to quench your thirst for knowledge on natural health products, I can now direct you to an article five months in the making that Dr. Labos finally managed to publish in The National Post: “The response in … Continue reading