Pseudoscience / Science Education

Read: Weight-Loss Pills on the Market and Their Downsides

Here’s an interesting look at the various weight-loss pills available on the market, published recently in the Montreal Gazette: “This benefit has to be weighed against the risks, which are considerable. Any pill that ‘boosts your metabolism’ will put more strain on your heart. Blunting appetite is all well and good until you realize that most … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Education

Extenso: French-Language Resource for Questions on Nutrition

If you understand French and need an evidence-based resource to help navigate food-related pseudoscience, you may be interested in Extenso. I stumbled upon it recently and, while I have not looked at it thoroughly, a decent skimming of its short articles reassured me that this Université de Montréal project is based on solid science. They … Continue reading

Science Education

Quebec Government… Changes Its Mind

The Minister who had originally proclaimed that funding for French-language science communication aimed at Quebec youth would be dramatically axed has now announced that the financing will, after all, be maintained. No reason given to the change of heart. http://www.fil-information.gouv.qc.ca/Pages/Article.aspx?aiguillage=ajd&type=1&idArticle=2212148282 (Link in French) Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and to all of you … Continue reading

Funding for French-Language Public Science Education in Québec Dramatically Axed: You Can Help (Maybe)
Science Education

Funding for French-Language Public Science Education in Québec Dramatically Axed: You Can Help (Maybe)

The scythe of our provincial government has struck again and, this time, the cut is almost perfectly clean. Readers from outside Quebec may not be aware that our provincial government has been issuing major cuts in the past few months. On April 23rd, 2014, Philippe Couillard, head of the Liberal Party, became Prime Minister of … Continue reading

I Will Be on CJAD 800AM Radio This Saturday
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

I Will Be on CJAD 800AM Radio This Saturday

I will be the guest of Toula Drimonis this Saturday around 10:30PM on CJAD 800AM (800 kHz on AM or listen live on the Web), along with two of my fellow Moutons No More producers, Guy Renaud and Isabelle Stephen. We will be talking about why we created Moutons No More and the state of skepticism in Montreal. Don’t miss it! Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Education

Listen: First Nations “Medicine” on White Coat, Black Art

@NightShiftMD, Dr. Brian Goldman, tackled the issue of First Nations’ right to choose traditional treatments for themselves and their children with, I believe, the correct balance between respect and the need to ask tough questions. You can hear his conversations on the subject in the latest episode of CBC’s White Coat, Black Art. We are … Continue reading

Science Criticism / Science Education

Read: Dr. Harriet Hall Corrects What “Fed Up” Gets Wrong

The movie Fed Up, an advocacy documentary narrated by Katie Couric, is providing one more outlet for the people who love to demonize sugar. If only we removed sugar from our diet, we would all lose weight and be healthy. Does the evidence support this claim? No. Dr. Harriet Hall, blogging at Science-Based Medicine, has this to … Continue reading