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February 26, 2015

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1:41 PM | Baloney degree school goes bankrupt
Here’s a lovely bit of good news! American Medical College of Homeopathy in Phoenix files for bankruptcy, closes doors – Phoenix Business Journal. The American Medical College of Homeopathy has filed Chapter 7 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and closed its doors. “The need for closure as I understand had nothing to do with the… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Tide turning: Getting complementary therapies out of university education system Generous gift to […]
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1:00 PM | Pseudoscience North: What’s happening to the University of Toronto?
  Today’s post is a reluctant challenge. I’m nominating my own alma mater, the University of Toronto, as the new pseudoscience leader among large universities – not just in Canada, but all of North America. If you can identify a large university promoting or embracing more scientifically questionable activities, I’ll happily buy you a coffee. […]

February 23, 2015

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1:00 PM | Biodynamic Wine: My Favorite Pseudoscience
Categories: SkepticismTags: astrologyHomeopathynatural wineorganicsulfiteswineIt seems every one of my skeptic-leaning friends has a pseudoscience for which they have the teeniest bit of sympathy. Whether it’s because they used to believe it, because they ...(Read more...)
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8:30 AM | Oh, joy. His Royal Quackiness will be gracing us with his presence in March
Oh, goody. Here’s something we didn’t need here in the US. While Australian skeptics have successfully been rallying to put a stop to a series of lectures from American antivaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, we’re going to have to put up with a far bigger name in quackery showing up right here in the good ol’…
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8:30 AM | Oh, joy. His Royal Quackiness will be gracing us with his presence in March
Oh, goody. Here’s something we didn’t need here in the US. While Australian skeptics have successfully been rallying to put a stop to a series of lectures from American antivaccine activist Sherri Tenpenny, we’re going to have to put up with a far bigger name in quackery showing up right here in the good ol’…

February 19, 2015

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6:00 AM | 2015 NHIS Report on Complementary Health Approaches (whatever that means)
Back in 2004, data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) appeared in a report titled “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults: United States, 2002.” It showed a whopping 62% of adults had used CAM in the past 12 months, but only if prayer for health reasons was included. With prayer excluded, the […]

February 02, 2015

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3:00 AM | Curious Bends – killer palm oil, bunking homeopathy, India’s sex ed. and more
1. How Indonesia’s palm oil industry is killing people in China and India “In both China and India, air pollution is one consequence of a massive exodus from farm to city that has occurred in recent decades. The change has contributed to rising emissions from both vehicles and […]

January 31, 2015

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2:19 PM | Selling complementary and alternative medicine: An business ethics perspective
Is it ethical to sell complementary and alternative medicine? This presentation — by a philosopher and a pharmacist — considers CAM from the perspective of commercial ethics.
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1:15 PM | Is it ethical to sell complementary and alternative medicine?
I joined Professor Chris MacDonald at Ryerson University earlier this week to participate in Ryerson’s business ethics speaker series. The topic was CAM: Is it ethical to market complementary and alternative medicines? Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are medical products and services outside the mainstream of medical practice. But they are not just medicines (or […]
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