Listen: Dr. Christopher Labos and I on the Rise of Integrative Medicine
Pseudoscience

Listen: Dr. Christopher Labos and I on the Rise of Integrative Medicine

This month, Within Reason tackles a scientific topic, so I can publicize it here! Woohoo! Would you like a side of magic with your chemo? Disproven folk remedies used to be the domain of snake oil salesmen; now, they are being integrated into university health centres. Jonathan speaks to Dr. Christopher Labos, a public science educator and … 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

Listen: A Patient Cracking the Case of Evidence-Based Medicine

Another great episode of the CBC radio show White Coat Black Art with @NightShiftMD. Beth Daley Ullem, former case cracker at McKinsey & Company, remembers how she shopped for the right hospital to take care of her unborn son. Absolutely fascinating. All patients should have access to the data that Beth had, but that’s unfortunately not the … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism

Listen: Dr. Brian Goldman’s Soft Take on Alternative Medicine

Dr. Brian Goldman (@nightshiftmd), host of a great CBC radio show called White Coat Black Art that dares to pull back the curtain on the hidden world of medical practice, seems to be the latest victim of integrative medicine (IM). This IM movement has been gaining traction with Western physicians and medical institutions: many North American hospitals … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Education

Read: The Food Babe’s Friends… and Critics

If you listen to my podcast, Within Reason, you know my thoughts on Vani Hari’s crusade against ingredients whose  names she can’t pronounce. On her blog, FoodBabe.com, she regularly commits logical fallacies in her attempt to “educate” the public on what constitutes healthy food. Kathleen Purvis of the Charlotte Observer recently wrote a fairly lengthy article addressing the … Continue reading

Science Education

Read: Scientific Journal Nature Chemistry Finally Publishes List of Chemical-Free Products

Via @edyong209 on Twitter, here is some good news for people like The Food Babe. Prestigious scientific journal Nature Chemistry has published a fantastic paper by A.F.G. Goldberg and C.J. Chemjobber entitled “A comprehensive overview of chemical-free consumer products”. I invite all of you to have a look at it. It’s a short read. If you’re still … Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Joe Schwarcz on Within Reason
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Interview with Dr. Joe Schwarcz on Within Reason

Readers of this blog probably know that I also have a monthly podcast entitled Within Reason, which explores contentious issues from a rational perspective. While the topics are not always science-related, our latest episode features Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of the Office for Science and Society at McGill University, on the subject of chemophobia. We talked … Continue reading