Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Read: Timothy Caulfield on Stem Cell Tourism and Other Lamentable Scienceploitations

Timothy Caulfield (@CaulfieldTim), a friend of the blog and health policy expert in Alberta, wrote a terrific piece for The Walrus on recent trends in exploiting good science and vulnerable patients by promising revolutionary cures. Entitled “Blinded by Science”, the essay demonstrates how difficult it is for the public to remain skeptical in the face … Continue reading

The Multiplicious Identities of Drugs
Science Education

The Multiplicious Identities of Drugs

Imagine you are suffering from a form of leukemia and require treatment. Your doctor offers you a choice between the following drugs: 1. Ambochlorin 2. 4-[bis(2-chlorethyl)amino]benzenebutanoic acid 3. Leukeran 4. Chlorambucil Knowing nothing about their respective side effects, efficacies, modes of delivery, or costs (some may be covered by the government, some by private insurances, … Continue reading