We need a new kind of weather forecast

More regular reporting on extreme weather patterns would help Canadians understand the real threat of climate change

We need a new kind of weather forecastThe tornadoes that recently hit the Ottawa area can’t be blamed specifically on global climate change. But they are consistent with the long-predicted pattern of increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events, highlighted in the most recent report of the International Panel on Climate Change. Unfortunately, too many Canadians still don’t believe that human activity…

Antibiotics no cure for colds or flu

And using an antibiotic when not needed makes patients more vulnerable to antibiotic-resistant infections

Antibiotics no cure for colds or fluBy Guylène Thériault and Wendy Levinson EvidenceNetwork.ca Cold and flu season for many Canadians means getting ready to have their lives and routines thrown off by painful and annoying symptoms. This can mean days off work or school dealing with sore throats, nasal congestion and fever. For parents, it can be challenging to comfort young…

Repressed memory syndrome so much psychobabble

Memory is not a video camera accurately recording our experiences and is easily manipulated

Repressed memory syndrome so much psychobabblePeople frequently ask me about the possibility of repressed memories being the origin of their problems. This is a holdover from the once dominant psychoanalytic approach to psychiatric treatment. On television and in the movies we frequently watch psychiatrists help people recover memories of events from their childhood that may somehow explain the way they…

Would you follow orders even when it showed a lack of compassion?

In the early '60s, Yale's professor Stanley Milgram performed an experiment that revealed some interesting observations about human behaviour

Would you follow orders even when it showed a lack of compassion?In the early 1960s, Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram performed an experiment that revealed some interesting observations about human response. Though the result and ethics of his experiment have been questioned, his findings continue to cause us to ponder what each of us would do if we had to choose between following directions and showing…

Too many bureaucratic hurdles for cannabis research

Why researchers are studying cannabis for promising anti-seizure medication

Too many bureaucratic hurdles for cannabis researchWe’ve lost many years of potentially important research on the use of cannabis as medicine because of polarized views of the ‘weed’ among researchers, policy-makers and the general public. On one side, there are those who see cannabis as a dangerous psychoactive drug that should be prohibited. On the other, there are those who view cannabis as…

Blowing up climate change

It's hard to imagine a doomsday scenario with higher stakes, more exaggeration and greater calls for government intervention. It's just moral panic

Blowing up climate changeCanadian Thanksgiving was a blast for climate change propagandists. Monday’s turkey was in the oven as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that increasing carbon dioxide would destroy the Earth. Elsewhere, there was an explosion at Canada’s largest oil refinery. The next day, a pipeline exploded in British Columbia. It was described by…

Climate change is a global health emergency

Federal pipeline needs independent assessment, global health leaders say

Climate change is a global health emergencyBy Tim K. Takaro and Jennifer Miller EvidenceNetwork.ca After a summer that saw over 90 heat-related deaths in Quebec, drought-impacted crops across the Prairies, and large swaths of Western Canada and Ontario ravaged by wildfires and shrouded in smoke, many of the world’s leading experts gathered in San Francisco at the Global Climate and Health…

All you can eat, including the packaging?

However, a strong case for taste and food safety will have to be made before consumers will be willing to eat their garbage

All you can eat, including the packaging?Within a year, single-use plastics and excess packaging have become public enemy No. 1. Everyone is talking about how our lives are overrun by too much plastic. A recent Greenpeace-led audit looked at waterways waste and companies involved. Much of the plastic trash cleaned up from Canadian shorelines this fall was traceable to five companies: Nestlé,…

Kinsey’s pseudo-science refashioned our sexual behaviour

It took decades to fully expose the deep and systemic problems with the studies. By then it was too late

Kinsey’s pseudo-science refashioned our sexual behaviourTV personality Phil Donahue once said, “Kinsey was to sexuality what Freud was to psychiatry, what Madame Curie was to radiation, what Einstein was to physics.” Alfred Kinsey was the person primarily responsible for turning western society from Christian sexual morals to amoral behaviour more in line with his tastes. Biographer James H. Jones believes…

Miracle healthcare cures rarely stand up to scrutiny

Miracle healthcare cures often remain unfulfilled. Unfortunately, there is a tendency in humans to see only black and white rather than shades of grey

Miracle healthcare cures rarely stand up to scrutinyWhen it comes to health and medicine, there are an abundance of beliefs, philosophies and practices floating around out there. Unfortunately, many of these healthcare cures have no real evidence to back them up but are still used and strongly supported. Often, erroneous beliefs about healthcare cures are not only wrong but expensive to the…