Is the diluted rabies saliva used by the British Columbia naturopath legal in Canada?

A few days ago I wrote about the British Columbia naturopath, Dr. Anke Zimmermann, who claims to have cured a boy’s aggression and fear of monsters, something she called a “rabies state” (no really, she wrote that), with ultra dilute saliva from a rabid dog (no really, she also wrote that). According to Dr. Zimmermann […]

Naturopath claims to treat aggression in children with diluted dog rabies saliva. No, really.

The headline just about says it all, but let’s unpack it a bit because there are many levels of WTF on display. A friend sent me this link on Facebook. At first I asked if this was from The Onion, because honestly after reading I wasn’t sure. But no, Dr. Zimmerman is really a naturopath […]

University of Toronto adds homeopathy to health benefits, dilutes care

While universal health care in Canada covers doctors fees and hospital stays a lot of care is fee for service. Out of pocket costs can add up for dental care, prescriptions, mental health care, glasses/contacts, and in some provinces (like Ontario, home of the University of Toronto) physical therapy. Many places of employment offer supplemental […]

NHS Chief warns 1 in 7 hospital procedures unnecessary, forgets so are 7 in 7 homeopathic treatments

The NHS needs to cut its budget. One target is unnecessary surgeries, and don’t get me wrong they exist. The Independent is reporting that Chief of the NHS, Sir Bruce Keogh,  has called one in seven hospital procedures unnecessary, stated that waste is “profligate” and indicates that 5% of hospital admissions are also unnecessary. Knowing what I know […]

Can quantum mechanics explain homeopathy?

Homeopaths are quick to evoke physics in their defense. I’m guessing they actually believe there is a connection and there is an added bonus of using words like “Newtonian” and “quantum” to add an air of science and respect. Recently a homeopath taught Anthropology students at the University of Toronto that quantum physics could explain […]

University of Toronto doubles down, restates anti vaccine syllabus not unbalanced

This week I posted concerns regarding the University of Toronto’s response to complaints from scientists and faculty regarding the course Alternative Health at the Scarborough Campus. To summarize, the course was taught by a homeopath and the associated required reading/videos for the class on vaccines was comprised entirely of anti-vaccine propaganda. The syllabus also advised students the course would […]

Andrew Wakefield is apparently a legimate source of vaccine info at University of Toronto

Earlier this year two groups of academics (scientists and faculty members) at the University of Toronto wrote letters of concern to the President of the University regarding the course Alternative Health: Practice and Theory HLTD04H3-S, Special Topics in Health taught by Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath. One group wrote about their concerns that the course presented […]

How did the University of Toronto IRB approve a homeopathy for ADHD study?

The University of Toronto is taking heat for studying homeopathy in children with ADHD. For those of you not familiar with homeopathy, it is the practice of treating patients “with diluted natural substances aimed at stimulating the body’s healing systems” (this definition is from the paper used as the pilot study for the clinical trial […]