Michael Kruse
Michael is an advanced care paramedic in the Greater Toronto Area, and a co-founder and chair of the board at Bad Science Watch, a national science-advocacy organisation. Michael is also studying human physiology and the history of science at the University of Toronto.

Entries by Michael Kruse

The Dispute Between Fire Fighters and Paramedics Threatens Patient Safety

(18) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 2:18 PM

This is a longer post than most, but this is complex subject that required a full-throated rebuttal. This post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer.

No doubt you have been aware of the conflict that has arisen again in Ontario between paramedics and...

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Stop the Fear-Based Propaganda About Vaccines

(24) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Fear sells. Parents are set up to respond to fear-based propaganda quite handily: a new baby in the house puts everyone on alert, like having a delicate glass globe balanced on a knife's edge, ready to fall at the mere hint of a breeze. 

The information war over vaccination...

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What Does "More Research Needed" Mean When it Comes to Wireless Devices?

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 6:46 PM

This week, the Royal Society of Canada released a report by their Expert Panel on Safety Code 6. Safety Code 6 is the Health Canada standard that sets recommended exposure limits for radio-frequencies. The last update was in 2013, and Health Canada wanted the RSC's advice on the updates...

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Elizabeth May's Lyme Disease Bill Needs Science, Not Emotion

(14) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:01 AM

I am following up my last post to clarify a position that has been either ignored or misunderstood by the honorable member from Saanich B.C., Elizabeth May. I have done a bit of a deeper dive into the research and beyond the reviews of chronic Lyme disease (CLD) that I...

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Elizabeth May, Do More Scientific Research Before You Discuss Diseases

(29) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 1:51 PM

Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party of Canada has been pushing for the adoption of a national Lyme disease strategy in Canada.  Her private member's bill, Bill C-442, outlines the urgent need for more up-to-date testing and treatment.  In as much as acute Lyme disease, infection...

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Don't Believe These 'Tips' For Avoiding the Flu

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:56 AM

In a recent article for the Globe and Mail, self-styled health-guru Bryce Wylde has stuck his foot in it again. In an article entitled "Eight easy, natural ways to keep the flu at bay (without leaving home)" Wylde has proven that the only thing he can do without leaving...

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When Health Canada Ignores Reality, People Get Very Sick

(18) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 1:16 PM

The debate over the licensing of dubious products by Health Canada heated up over the weekend this week with an article published in the Toronto Star on Friday. The article, by NYU med student Nathan Kunzler and NYU medical ethics professor Dr. Arther Caplan, suggests that Health Canada's continued approval...

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Are You Worried About This Danger At Your Kid's School?

(49) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 6:47 PM

Once more, Frank Clegg and the B.C.-based Citizens for Safe Technology (C4ST) have shown that they will not let science get in the way of scaring children and families. 

This past Tuesday, the start of school for most Ontario children, C4ST was positioned outside of a school in Mississauga...

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The Power of Narrative Medicine

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:51 AM

One thing I find myself doing on a daily basis in my job as a paramedic is telling stories.  Not only is it a way of relaying information about my patients when transferring care to another health care practitioner, but it is essential in the way I continue to learn.

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Giving Naturopaths Free Medical Reign Is Dangerous

(188) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 12:16 AM

A new petition has surfaced concerning the scope of practice of Naturopaths in Ontario. The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) is collecting signatures to support a rather vague demand that the Ontario health minister, Deb Mathews, ensure that naturopathic doctors (NDs) are allowed to "maintain effective continuous care"...

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The Problem With Studying Autism and Diet

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 5:45 PM

A study published in the open access science journal PLoS ONE on July 3rd 2013 is starting to make the rounds in the alternative medicine community. 

One site has already claimed that the new study serves to partially exonerate anti-vaccine dream-date Andrew Wakefield's study on...

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The Disease With No Name

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Medicine can be tricky. Patients never present with the perfect cluster of disease-defining symptoms and when they do, it is so rare that you begin to think that they just read a textbook or Googled "heart attack" to fool you. As a patient, waiting for a diagnosis can be frustrating and fraught...

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What Do Chiropractors Know About Vaccinations?

(45) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 6:47 PM

A few weeks ago, my post on the anti-vaccination bias in the alternative medical community raised the ire of some readers when I suggested that chiropractors have been culpable in the spread of dangourous anti-vax rhetoric. Some were incredulous at the suggestion that chiropractic as a practice originally included...

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Who Is to Blame for Canada's Low Vaccination Rate?

(16) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:18 AM

It's National Immunization Awareness Week in Canada and across the world, and UNICEF is reporting the failure of Canada to achieve the 95 per cent immunization rate required to protect the community from resurgences of deadly and debilitating infectious disease.

At just 84 per cent, we...

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I'll Feel Safer When Traditional Chinese Medicine Is Regulated

(88) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 6:18 PM

On April 1 2013, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors and acupuncturists in Ontario will need a license to practice their unique brand of healing.  This is the first of three vitalistic and unscientific healing practices to start accepting members in Ontario; the naturopaths will be next, followed...

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When It Comes to Big Pharma, Health Canada Has No Spine

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 12:30 PM

I believe in personal autonomy, a cornerstone of the consent process in the health care system. Each person has the inherent right to decide what to put in their body, what treatment to have, or to refuse any treatment they are offered by their chosen healer.

That right is not...

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Creationism Still in Schools? What Would Darwin Say?

(78) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 7:15 AM

In his new play The De Chardin Project, playwright Adam Seybold has the Jesuit priest and paleontologist Father Teilard De Chardin describe his witnessing of a terrible natural event whereby he arose from his cabin aboard a steamer on route to China to find a fire...

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Why You Shouldn't Trust Homeopathic Vaccines

(32) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 12:07 PM

There is a slowly rising tide of uncertainty in Canada over the necessity and safety of vaccines for childhood infectious disease. While the safety and efficacy of vaccines is very well-established, doubt continues to be sown among parents just wanting the...

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I Don't Buy What Dr. Oz Is Trying to Sell

(16) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 12:11 PM

Dr. Oz, "America's Doctor," burns my biscuits.

The charismatic thoracic surgeon, who is a professor of medicine at the esteemed Columbia University, author or co-author of over 300 papers, has spent his considerable professional capital promoting absolute balderdash to his millions of viewers every week.

Even worse, like...

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