Consumer Education and Advocacy
The words health and wellness are sometimes used as code words for pseudo-medical remedies created to replace or falsely-augment medically proven treatments for minor and major diseases. Centre for Inquiry Canada has launched Health and Wellness Check Up, a campaign designed to investigate claims by the purveyors of alternative products and treatments to promote “health and wellness.”
CFI Canada’s campaign is designed to work for you and with you to investigate practitioners with questionable business and/or clinical models selling treatments with no measurable medical benefit.
This is CFI Canada’s most ambitious campaign to date and CFIC needs your help to investigate and expose any treatments and services that encourage people to bypass medical treatment that promotes measureable health and wellness.
CFI Canada is very concerned about the incursion of pseudo-science in medicine and medical education. Do you have similar concerns about pseudo-science in medicine? Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know through social media using the hashtag #CFICheckUp.
Please get involved or make a donation to help us in the inquiries featured below!
Pictured: Yellow Pages Group Ad spotted at a Toronto subway station.
Questionable Health Services: Dangerous Dilutions Project
CFIC inquires into the dangerous growth of homeopathy and other pseudo-scientific health service providers. What are the responsibilities and accountabilities of these businesses when they have real health impacts in the lives and deaths of their clients. CFI Canada contends that homeopathy is a dangerous dilution of healthcare in Canada.
- Skull Suture Manipulation For Children with Autism or ADHD: An Inquiry
- Hippocrates Health Institution: An Inquiry into Questionable Health Services
Questionable Health Education: Pseudoscience in Health Services Education
Robert French and CFIC in Vancouver’s work to combat the incursion of pseudoscience into healthcare and education! There appears to be a growing trend for pseudo-scientific educational programs to gain recognition through accredited universities, arms-length government bodies and independent, self-appointed oversight organizations. What protections are in place for prospective students to be certain they are receiving a valid education and what protection is in place for the unsuspecting public when these students enter the marketplace to sell their services?
Questionable Health Products and Devices: Regulation of Medical Devices in Canada
Dr. Terry Polevoy brought disturbing information about a device called Celsius42 (Tumour Cell Solution) to our attention in December 2014! Our members have responded to help CFI Canada and Canadians understand how Health Canada’s system of protection works and what gaps and problems may exist.
Questionable Health-Risk Claims: Pseudo-science Scare Tactics
Health-risk claims get airing by main-stream media whether they are backed by evidence or not. CFIC documents and presents here examples of health-risk claims from recent media that do not have clear evidence; CFIC recommends that Canadians seek verifiable evidence from respected health sources before making health decisions of any kind:
- Cell Phone and Wifi Radiation
- Dangerous Dilutions
- CFI On Pseudo-Science and Religion in Healthcare
- Pseudo-Science: Inquiries into the Incursion of Pseudo-science into Health Services Education
- Muti: Traditional Medicine Practice in Africa
- Thermal Imaging for Breast Cancer Not Approved in Canada
- University of Toronto Scarborough
- Science Over Naturopathy in Sentencing of David and Collet Stephan
- Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Year-End Perspective For 2015/2016
- Institute of Holistic Nutrition
- Have You Ever Inquired About Services at a Naturopathic Clinic?
- Getting Involved!
- CFI Canada: Setting Our Agenda
- Celsius42 TCS (Tumour Cell Solution) Inquiry
- Critical Evaluation of Journalism: Deadly and Dangerous Pseudoscience
- Canada’s 42nd Election: Secularism and Science
- Extraordinary Claims Website
- Congratulations to CFI (US) on Leadership Transition
- Gifts in Kind at Centre For Inquiry Canada
- Reason For Change
- CFIC Prince Edward Island
- United Way, Employee Giving and Centre For inquiry Canada
- Skull Suture Manipulation on Children with Autism and/or ADHD
- Kids For Inquiry Canada
- Canada’s New Parliamentary E-Petition System
- 2016 Fundraising Campaign
- Centre For Inquiry Canada Podcast
- Chilliwack: Rejects Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality
- Physician Assisted Dying: Use Science and Secular Values – Not Dogma
- CFIC Discusses Bangladesh with UNHCR and ORF
- York University
- John Hofsess: Humanist Perspectives
- CFIC Implores the Canadian Government To Help Tareq Rahim
- CFI Canada Applauds the Norwegian Government
- Saskatchewan Wants a Secular Government
- CFIC Condemns Ongoing Faith-Based Murders in Bangladesh
- Quebec’s Bill 59: A Hate Speech Bill
- CFIC Remembers Our Friends
- O! Canada
- Keeping Religion out of Schools in Alberta
- Ashu Solo vs City of Saskatoon and Randy Donauer
- C-14 Passed
- Living Without Religion – Overcoming Isolation
- CFI Halifax
- Saskatchewan Burlesque Controversy
- End Blasphemy Laws Now!
- City of Ottawa’s Hijab Day
- CFI Canada Discourse #3: Telepathy Proved !?
- CFIC’s Darwin Day Headquarters
- Parliamentary E-Petition Opposing Canada’s Blasphemy Law
- Bangladesh: Protection For Secular Human Rights and Atheist Bloggers
- Brussels March 2016
- 17 Organizations Issue Joint Statement to PM Trudeau
- Paris, November 2015
- A Brief History of Secularism in Canada
- Planned Giving At Centre For Inquiry Canada
- Still Small Voices Book Launch
- CFIC Goes to Reason Rally 2016
- Montreal Pride
- Recollections of the Founding of CFI Canada