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Dead Wild Roses: News Flash For the Calgary Doctor: Medicine is Evidence Based. (!)

What the hell is this? Am I living in the US or something?

This story broke on on CBC radio June 27th, and listening to what happened I filled this news tid-bit safely under the “smart people doing stupid things” category. The tale of this doctor’s mixed up medical ethos stuck in my brain though and managed to annoy me enough inspire a blog post on the topic.

“A Calgary doctor is being criticized by patients for refusing to prescribe birth control at a walk-in clinic. When Dr. Chantal Barry is on shift a sign at the WestGlen Medical Centre informs patients (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: News Flash For the Calgary Doctor: Medicine is Evidence Based. (!)

What the hell is this? Am I living in the US or something?

This story broke on on CBC radio June 27th, and listening to what happened I filled this news tid-bit safely under the “smart people doing stupid things” category. The tale of this doctor’s mixed up medical ethos stuck in my brain though and managed to annoy me enough inspire a blog post on the topic.

“A Calgary doctor is being criticized by patients for refusing to prescribe birth control at a walk-in clinic. When Dr. Chantal Barry is on shift a sign at the WestGlen Medical Centre informs patients (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of Decision

Well the day of decision is finally here. The day Stephen Harper must decide whether to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline.And no doubt he is psyching himself up in his bunker, by among other things reminding himself that David Suzuki was on that list of Canadian heroes I wrote about yesterday.And he isn't.But of course it won't be an easy decision, because there are no easy political options. Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: The Business of Smoking

 

Another reason why we need more science and not less in the world. Where smoking has been accurately depicted as hazardous to your health and society the rate goes down. Other places, not so much.

[Source:Al Jazeera]

Filed under: Medicine, Science Tagged: Government Regulations, Medical Science, Public Health, Smoking

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Is silver safe as a medicine?

The short answer to that headline question – based on everything I’ve read of late – is no. It’s not that silver has no medical uses – one form has been used in dressings and bandages as an antiseptic (not, as is sometimes claimed, an antibiotic). Silver nitrate is sometimes used to treat warts and corns. However, the […]

Dead Wild Roses: Welcome Back Polio…

Many thanks to anti-vaxers and of course the CIA for doing the stupid shite they are famous for and making the world a worse place in the process.

 

Filed under: Medicine, Science Tagged: Medicine, Polio, Science

Dead Wild Roses: World Immunization Week – April 24th – 30th

A helpful infographic from the WHO.

Filed under: Education, Medicine, Science Tagged: DWR PSA, Immunization Week, WHO

Dead Wild Roses: World Immunization Week – April 24th – 30th

A helpful infographic from the WHO. (having trouble reading the poster? “control + and control – ” may be able to help you out check the large version)

Filed under: Education, Medicine, Science Tagged: DWR PSA, Immunization Week, WHO

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: What do we know about Bell’s Palsy?

Bell’s Palsy is one of those rare ailments, and one that annoys more than threatens, but can be difficult and socially awkward for sufferers. It’s also one that still baffles researchers as to its cause. And also for an effective treatment. According to facialpalsy.org, The name ‘Bell’s palsy’ comes from 19th-century Scottish anatomist and surgeon […]

Melissa Fong: Xenophobics out to get Chinese-language Acupuncturists AKA Idiots volunteering to be discriminatory, racist idiots

  Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that Canadians have the PRIVILEGE of using as an alternative medicine. But some idiots who VOLUNTEER to see an acupuncturist wants to enforce […]

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con War on Medicare

He has waited a long time to make his move. From the day he was first elected with the support of a group that was founded to kill medicare.He had to restrain himself for so many years. But it was always going to be the biggest, bloodiest, and most prized trophy in his skull rack.The one that told him the Canada he hated so much was dead at last.And now the Con War on Medicare has finally begun.Read more »

Dead Wild Roses: Let’s Chalk Up Another Child’s Death to Alternative Medicine

Ah yes, purveyors of Woo this is your fault. This isn’t Big Pharma, this isn’t biased studies, or any of the mendacity that you preach – the death of this child is squarely and completely on you. The CBC reports:

“Criminal charges are pending against a Calgary mother who police allege relied on holistic treatments instead of getting medical help for her seven-year-old son’s strep infection.”

Holistic treatments to treat a bacterial infection? Are you frakking kidding me – how much nonsense did the woo pedlars have to feed this parent to make her eschew (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Edmonton Alternative Medicine – Quackery Descends in my Hometown

Why oh why do people still want to normalize the use of magic and illusion into the practice of medicine?

We’ve spent decades codifying and rooting out the bullshit practices and have steeled ourselves against ‘good common sense’ notions and looked where the evidence points us. There is no mystery to evidence based medicine it has been shown empirically to work. Contrast that with ‘alternative or integrative‘ or ‘whatever term the quacks are using now to sound legitimate and authoritative‘ which is not evidence based, not rigorously tested and not frakking effective. (Read more…)

Molly'sBlog: Measuring ghosts

MEASURING GHOSTS     A recent article in Science Translational Medicine asks the question “Can We Measure Autism ?” To my mind this begs the question, “is there really something called “autism” that we should be trying to measure ?”. The authors Isaac S. Kohane and Alai Eran inadvertently make the case in the negative. They first of all note the controversy that recent changes in the “psychiatric Bible”, the DSM, have provoked. To their credit they mention the “changes in funding” behind some of the debate, though they stop short of a robust criticism of the “mental illness complex” as (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: The Side Effects of Pregnancy – Repost from Liz Library

This is a signal boost/handy reference that enumerates the risks women face when pregnant. It is a useful tool in dispelling the motherhood myths that surround what pregnancy is like for women and awesome it is for them. The Liz Library is a great website, but slow loading, thus its duplication here for easier access.

And that’s just talking about the immediate physical repercussions.

Below is a partial list of the physical effects and risks of pregnancy. This list does not include the many non-physical effects and risks a woman faces in reproducing, such as the economic investment (Read more…)

Molly'sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2013-10-25 22:00:00

NORMAN BETHUNE AND BLOOD TRANSFUSION: A GREAT CANADIAN LIE

     If you visit pretty well any Canadian government site, or one receiving its funding from the government, you will come across the claim that the Canadian Communist surgeon Norman Bethune founded the first mobile blood transfusion unit in the world during his brief stay in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. This claim was set forth by Bethune himself, and it has been repeated by such institutions as Library and Archives Canada, Parks Canada, The Canadian Encyclopedia and the National Film Board. The reality is quite different, and to their (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Why do so few Canadians get a flu shot?

That’s the headline for a recent Toronto Star story. It suggests that as few as one third of Canadians get a flu vaccine, and in some place the number may be as low as 20 percent. This despite Ontario having the world’s first universal free flu shot program, introduced in 2000. The 2013-14 vaccine is […]

Montreal Simon: The InSite Clinic and the Murderous Cons

People are always asking me whether I REALLY believe that the Cons should be arrested eh?And I'm always having to say yes I really do.Not just because of the way they have hijacked our democracy, and all their sordid scandals.But because they are actually prepared to hurt, or even kill Canadians, in the name of their foul ideology. Read more »

Montreal Simon: My Tribute Video to Some Real Canadian Heroes

It's not easy looking for heroes in Harperland.Everywhere I look all I see is corruption and scandal.Grubby politicians and small greedy people.But of course there are real heroes out there.And these were four of the best Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Birds of Spring and the Deadly Flu Strain

The birds have been flocking back to the island as they do every spring. Flying in from south of the lake, on their way north.But this year I'm not as glad to see them, as I usually am.Because this year they can't help reminding me of what's going on in China. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Begins his Assault on Medicare

He has always wanted to strangle it. He has had to restrain himself for so long. From the moment he entered politics, with the support of an organization that was founded to destroy medicare.But now at last his foul assault on our precious healthcare system has begun.And it's both stealthy and monstrous. Read more »

Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: Someone is wrong on the internet

I discovered an entertaining site recently called Skeptic North. It’s a Canadian equivalent to several similar sites and blogs I read that are mostly American-based. It challenges popular assumptions, ideas, trends and pseudoscience and other claptrap. In a Canadian way, … Continue reading →

Dead Wild Roses: Savita Halappanavar’s Death – Victory for the Irish Catholic “Pro-Life” Murder Brigade

I needed some time to digest this story… Sorry folks but that is a lie. I needed some time to come back to a (relatively) coherent state before I could write reasonably about what went down with Savita Halappanavar. A post filled with nothing but white-hot rage and invective against the pustulant ass-pimples known as [...] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Savita Halappanavar’s Death – Victory for the Irish Catholic “Pro-Life” Murder Brigade

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Stealth Attack on Medicare

Oh boy. Trying to keep up with Stephen Harper these days is like trying to keep up with a pickpocket working a crowded railway station.Or a pimp working a Republican convention.One moment he's selling us out to the Chinese Communist Capitalist Part… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Stealth Attack on Medicare

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Mens sana in corpore sano: a sound mind in a healthy body

Mens sana in corpore sano: a sound mind in a healthy body – a very good motto that is. The saying comes from the Roman Juvenal, and it applies as much today as it did two thousand years ago, of course. I’ve alternated, myself, between being a certified bon vivant, almost a regular Zorba the [...]