Skepchick Quickies 10.1


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Anyone on P.E.I can call themselves a naturopathic doctor, and practitioners with national certification…say not having any regulation is a serious problem.

    Don’t they know they have to fill out the application in the back of the comic book and send in their $10?

    I am a Hedge

  2. I would welcome a Maritime regulatory board for naturopaths, under the auspices of the department of health in all 3 provinces, with legislation in place to ensure that only clinically proven remedies are prescribed unless under a rigorously controlled clinical trial. At the very least, it would expose naturopathic treatment to the scientific scrutiny it so desperately needs, and compel naturopaths to put up or shut up.

    But a Maritime regulatory board for naturopaths composed of, and overseen by other naturopaths would be a bad idea. If they go that route, we’ve got problems.

  3. @Im a Hedge: To keep this comic book theme rolling: The naturopathic doctors would be like the scrawny little guy on the beach who gets sand kicked in his face by a muscular stud representing “Big Pharma”. The loser’s hot girlfriend (i.e. the average patient) naturally goes for the stud every time. That’s when you fill out the form, send in the money, and get bulked up, the Kali Simmons way! It’s APD approved!

  4. @SKrap: OK, good one.

    But for those unfamiliar with the region, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI are known collectively as the “Maritime Provinces” or the “Maritimes”. So a Maritime regulatory board of anything would cover all 3 provinces.

  5. “UK girl given Glaxo’s Cervarix had tumor, agency says”

    You just know that this story will be ignored by the anti-vaxers.

  6. @Imrryr: Further continuing the comic-book theme… Those naturopaths sure save a massive pile of money by purchasing the X-ray Glasses instead of real x-ray machines.

  7. The Tamiflu article is interesting. This is apparently more of an issue in Japan, because their prescription rates for the drug are so much higher than in Europe or the US, but it’s definitely food for thought.

    On a lighter note, did anyone else snicker at the two scientitsts named in the article: Wolf von Tumpling and Jerker Fick.

    I’m imagining them meeting at a conference: “Oh, hey. Have you met my colleague? Jerker…Wolf. Wolf…Jerker.”

    Check this other link at the Wired site. Lucy got spanked: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/10/ardi-2/

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