Alternative Medicine

Canada's Health Care System Should Incorporate Alternative Medicine

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Having spent 15 years studying these alternative medicine techniques I clearly see how the body can be receptive to such suggestions. It is more than just positive thinking. Having done this type of work to heal myself and having helped many others, I can attest to the fact that it is truly a journey.

Celebrity Sound Bites Don't Work When Dealing With Complex Medical Facts

Marvin Ross | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Not only do we crave simple explanations but we are often influenced by celebrities or those who may have their own agenda. Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario suggest that we listen to celebrities because of a herding instinct. This is the tendency to make decisions based based both on what others have done in similar situations and the halo effect which gives celebrities an aura of trust extending beyond their expertise. Steven Hoffman, the author of that study, told a recent public panel that listening to Jenny McCarthy (the anti-vaccine proponent) and Dr. Oz is bad for your health.

Medicating Mental Illness Can Be as Necessary as Treating Cancer

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To tell someone with mental illness that treatment is not necessary in order to overcome the symptoms of the disease is about as sensitive as telling someone with a treatable cancer that surgery, chemo, and radiation won't be necessary.

Myths About Bioidentical Hormones

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Suzanne Somers seemingly reigns atop one of the most controversial issues in Women's Health; bioidentical hormones. A growing divide between conventional medicine and a Suzanne-inspired burgeoning alternative health industry, heightens the need to debunk the bioidentical myths and hype.

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

Michael Kruse | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

Finally we have Wylde's first suggestion, the one that made me believe it is just sitting in his kitchen making this up out of thin air. There is absolutely no evidence adding petroleum jelly to the inside of your nose will increase your infection barrier and prevent infection. Your nose is much larger than just the nostril you can stick the swab into, so there will be plenty of area left to harbour virus.

Why Oil Of Oregano Is Your New Best Friend

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Living

Most of us would take just about anything if we thought it might keep us healthy during cold and flu season. It turns out that there's some evidence t...

Functional Medicine May Save Your Life

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Many of you may have already heard of the term "functional medicine," an emerging buzzword in the arenas of health and wellness. That being said, you may still be slightly in the dark as to what this cutting-edge medicine is really all about, and how it can benefit you.

The Power of Narrative Medicine

Michael Kruse | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Michael Kruse

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 pa...

What Do Chiropractors Know About Vaccinations?

Michael Kruse | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

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. In Canada, at least, it appears we were both right.

I'll Feel Safer When Traditional Chinese Medicine Is Regulated

Michael Kruse | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

On April 1 2013, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors and acupuncturists in Ontario will need a license to practice their unique brand of healing. Without a licence you will not be able to diagnose heat stagnation by looking at the tongue. Without a licence you will not be able to discern the state of the organs through the pulse in patient's wrist. Without a licence you will not be able to diagnose a fever caused by the wind, or needle the meridians of the body to unblock stagnant Qi. I feel safer already. We are faced with one striking dilemma, however: what responsibility does the state have to its citizens when they seek help from non-traditional sources?

Why You Shouldn't Trust Homeopathic Vaccines

Michael Kruse | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Living
Michael Kruse

While the safety and efficacy of vaccines for childhood infectious diseases is very well established, doubt continues to be sown among well-meaning parents. We need to demand that our government stop speaking out of one side of its mouth about the importance of the modern, science-based immunization schedule, while with the other side approving the sale of useless homeopathic hokum to be promoted as an ineffective alternative. If we do not, we risk a return of deadly childhood diseases like the 100-day cough of pertussis or the deadly, paralytic polio.

Why More Kids Are Taking Alternative Therapies

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A growing number of Canadian children with chronic illnesses are being treated with complementary medicine, researchers say, but parents don...

Is "Traditional" Medicine Alternative?

Isla Traquair | Posted 06.24.2012 | Canada Living
Isla Traquair

I was guilty of thinking acupuncture seemed like a silly thing to do. How can tiny needles in your skin and muscles do anything other than cause pain? After one session I had to eat my words. I don't like needles, but I would be happy to have one stuck between my eyes every day.