All posts by Scott Gavura

Do custom-compounded pain creams actually work?

Pharmacy-prepared pain creams are widely used for different types of pain and injuries. They may be expensive, but do they work better than a placebo?

/ February 7, 2019

Pharmacies continue to sell sugar pills as flu remedy

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy that is made by taking the heart and liver of a duck and diluting it to nothing. It's a placebo, but sold widely by pharmacies as a "treatment" for colds and influenza.

/ January 24, 2019

Vitamin D supplements do not reduce the risk of cancer or cardiovascular disease

Vitamin D has been widely touted as beneficial for preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease. A large, well-conducted clinical trial now show that it has no effect.

/ January 10, 2019

Naturopaths cannot call themselves “Medically Trained” in New Brunswick

A judge in the Canadian province of New Brunswick has ruled that alternative-to-medicine practitioners knows as naturopaths cannot claim that they are "medically trained" or that they offer "family practice".

/ December 27, 2018

Your gout, your fault?

Is gout a consequence of lifestyle choices? Or is it mainly genetics?

/ December 13, 2018

Can DNA testing predict your response to drugs?

Can your genes really predict how you will metabolize certain medications? The FDA has approved the first direct-to-consumer test that claims to do this. How meaningful are the findings?

/ November 29, 2018
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IgG food intolerance tests continue to mislead consumers into unnecessary dietary restrictions

IgG food intolerance testing is ineffective, yet it continues to be promoted to consumers. CBC Marketplace recently investigated two Canadian companies that sell these tests.

/ November 15, 2018

Billions on herbal remedies – and for what?

Consumers spend billions each year on herbal remedies, with little to show for it.

/ November 1, 2018

Drugs in your supplements

Supplements are a billion-dollar business, but quality control is questionable. A new study shows that supplements may be adulterated with unlabelled prescription drugs.

/ October 18, 2018

What happened to the Lyme vaccine?

You can vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease, but there's no vaccine for humans. Why?

/ October 4, 2018