Timothy Caulfield holds a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta and hosts the TV documentary series A User’s Guide to Cheating Death.

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Acupuncture and the placebo problem

When the advocates of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) push back against critics, they often point to the big CAM “successes.” The argument usually goes as follows: the heartless science-informed cynics have long said acupuncture …

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Be mindful, but not mindless

When I give public lectures I often ask the crowd to name the most important things we can do for our health. The point is to highlight the simple, obvious, evidence-based truths. Don't smoke. Exercise. …

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Commercialization creep

Since coming to power in 2009, President Barack Obama has frequently urged the American research community to kick it up a notch, get innovating and help pull the US economy out of its postrecession funk. …

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Easy test. Tough answers.

What if parents could access the genetic makeup of a fetus in the first trimester of a pregnancy? And what if they could gather this information through a procedure that was largely risk free and …

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Fitness fantasies

There are a lot of health and fitness myths out there. And there are a lot of bogus health products and practices being sold on the basis of those myths. In fact, a strong argument …

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Genetic discrimination

Years ago I met— sort of — the actor Ethan Hawke. It was late at night and we were both checking into a Toronto hotel.  We were the only ones in the lobby and there was an …

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Integrating nonsense?

Integrative health clinics and programs seem to be popping up everywhere. An approach to patient care billed as offering a mix of mainstream medical therapy with alternative approaches, integrative health has emerged in a climate …

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It's not all in the genes

We have been subjected to years of obesity-related headlines, and the news almost always seems to be discouraging. Obesity has become a public health crisis that gets worse all the time, seemingly immune to public …

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Keeping stem cell tourists grounded

A leading ethicist on issues arising from the scientific revolution in health care, Timothy Caulfield warns that the high expectations surrounding new technologies in genome and stem cell research have unleashed troubling social side effects. …

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Let's take sleep seriously

I am obsessed with sleep. Mostly because I'm so darn bad at it. I've got world-class skills in a variety of closely related activities such as silently reading in bed, quietly turning on my bedside …

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Olympic debunk!

Even if you have no interest in watching overtrained, prepubescent teenage athletes perform ridiculously difficult routines they’ve rehearsed 27,000 times, you likely have a vague memory of the gymnast Kerry Strug.  She was a member …

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Organic ideologies

Every Saturday morning, my wife heads to the local farmers' market to buy our weekly supply of fruit. She enjoys both the market's friendly vibe and the interactions with the vendors. And the whole Caulfield …

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The paradoxes of pop science

Science and popular culture have long mixed in unique and productive ways. Cutting-edge science has inspired great novels, movies, music and art. But as science becomes a larger part of our cultural landscape, we are …

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Time to encourage organ donation

When it comes to organ donation rates, Canada does not perform particularly well, falling significantly behind countries like Spain, the UK, the US, France and Austria. This is a shortage with life-and-death implications given the …

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To a healthy and gimmick-free 2014!

The New Year brings an inevitable flood of fitness and diet fads, a great slosh of suggestions on how to do things —  lose weight and get fit v that we already know how to do. What …

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