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March 14th, 2015:

“Natural” remedies

Check out this exposeĆ© done by CBC’s Marketplace.

Turns out the show’s producers “invented” a natural children’s remedy claiming to help bring down fevers. They submitted an application to have this approved by Health Canada. No scientific testing. No quantitative evidence whatsoever that it actually worked. And all totally bogus.

And guess what? It was approved!

Turns out that theses homeopathic or natural remedies don’t actually have to provide any evidence of efficacity at all! Just fill in some forms, photocopy this and that, and there ya go!

I’ve always been suspicious of these products and it turns out that I may have been correct.

I wonder if the anti-vaxers believe that toadstools and garlic will keep polio away :).