Blind Faith: The Unholy Alliance of
Religion and Medicine

by Dr. Richard P. Sloan, PhD
Blockbuster New Book tackling the thorny issues about religion, prayer and medicine. If you've been told that you have an incurable illness, and that prayer will help --- think again.

This book will open your eyes. Dr. Sloan is a professor at the Columbia University School of Medicine and he introduces us to the major players in this new area of Christian evangelism. The studies purporting to show any health benefits from going to church or "being religious" are all so flawed as to render them useless. Using his epidemiological knowledge, Sloan carefully shows the reader how one should analyze claims from the media and claims in journals that purport to show a connection between religious behavior and improved health.


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    Quackery U. - Canada's pork barrel alternative medical plans at work

    Copps Fiddles while HHSC burns

    Hamilton Spectator - Saturday, May 6, 2000 Editorial Page

    Canadian politicians propose that Hamilton's downtown become the world's leader to provide our ethnic minorities with more alternative medical practitioners. It's a $100 million pork barrel that will fund this project over the next five years.

    • How Quack U was born - Gloria Galloway - Hamilton SpectatorThis is the story of how Hamilton may eventually end up as the world's centre for naturopathic medicine. About a year ago, Dennis Mills, a Toronto Liberal MP and former Hamiltonian, was having a conversation with his buddy Jim Frohlick, a Burlington-based consultant to the high-tech industries.

      Hamilton would become the Silicon Valley of naturopathy with McMaster serving as the magnet drawing like-minded players to the area.

      • Pharmaceutical companies would want to locate here so their products could be tested.
      • The botanical gardens would build a greenhouse in downtown Hamilton to serve as a tourist draw and would also collect and preserve herbs from around the world.
      • Schools of naturopathy would set up shop in Hamilton to be close to the centre of the action.
      • A cable television channel would be established to broadcast shows about complementary medicine 24 hours a day.
      However the university had other ideas: "..the university put together a document outlining the role it was prepared to play. One thing it would not do is train doctors to be naturopaths. Nor would it align itself with a college of naturopathy or grow herbs in domes. There would be no degrees in alternative medicine -- and no course to train acupuncturists or aroma therapists.

    • Hamilton Spectator coverage supports pork barrel Quackery U.

      Does Rock have rocks or crystals in his head? This article by Michael Harris from the National Post says the following:

      "We're going to take the Bosnia of Canada, downtown Hamilton, and with the help of McMaster University, turn it into a great learning centre. We will do for Hamilton what CNN did for Atlanta."

    • Naturopathy college: Timing is everything - This is Howard Elliot's editorial about the proposed Complementary medicine institute in Hamilton.

    • Support grows for center - Hamilton Specator - John Wells - May 3, 2000
      Signs are pointing to the establishment of a first-of-its-kind alternative medicine research institute in the vacant courthouse at 50 Main Street East, perhaps this year. Hamilton East MP Sheila Copps said momentum is building for the proposed project, which would see McMaster University partner with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, backed by $100 million in federal money over five years, along with private sector partners.

    • Sheila Copps's vision: natural cures for all - Margaret Wente's feature column in the Globe and Mail. It's an amazing piece, well worth the interview we did. The only thing that's missing are the hyperlinks to any quackbusting site, like ours.

    National Post backs Quack U.

    Complementary medicine school plans for Hamilton? - National Post article by Michael Harris - (Get your crystal balls, and pendulums out folks, it's coming your way. McMaster might offer Iridology 101, paid for with your tax dollars.)

    "Allan Rock, the federal Health Minister, is seeking $100-million from the Liberal government that could eventually bring acupunc-ture, chiropractic and traditional medicines fully under the umbrella of medicare in Ontario.

    Mr. Rock, whose department has just created a new division of the health protection branch to deal with issues surrounding alternative medicines, says the increase in Canadians using alternative medicine justifies a federal response. The ethnic community in this country is very frustrated with not being able to get access to alternative medicines through the health plan," he said in an interview with the National Post.

    By establishing the school of complementary medicine at McMaster University, Ms. Copps said practitioners of alternative medicine could shed their image as "quacks" and become full contributors in the health care system.

    "We're going to take the Bosnia of Canada, downtown Hamilton, and with the help of McMaster University, turn it into a great learning centre. We will do for Hamilton what CNN did for Atlanta."

    Letters to the National Post
  • May 5, 2000 - Snake oil

    Steven Sauve
    Dennis Mills is quoted as saying "...the Bosnia of Canada, downtown Hamilton..."
    Did MP Mills actually say that?!?

    Steven Sauve, Toronto
    Joseph Berger

    Canadians have to travel to the United States to obtain prompt cancer treatment and cardiac surgery because facilities here are inadequate, but apparently $100-million can be found to start a school of scientifically unproven placebo offerings (Alternative Medicine School Could Get $100M, May 2).

    Although many members of the public appear to believe that acupuncture is an efficacious alternative medical treatment, there is actually no scientific validity to that claim, or to claims that naturopathy or homeopathy or chiropractic are rational treatments for medical illnesses with recognized tissue pathology.

    At a time when emergency rooms are overcrowded, when people with serious illness cannot receive proper prompt treatment, the intended diversion of $100-million to placate "the ethnic community" is more than "off the wall." It is criminal.

    Dr. Joseph Berger, Toronto.

  • My question to Sheila Copps and Allan Rock is simply this. If it quacks like a duck, it is a duck. Building a quack inspired school in Hamilton will not solve the problems, it will only create more of them.

    Toronto Star Stories on Alternative Health

    Quack claims, no cures, endless rows of vitamins, herbs, lotions and potions hawked by crooks, doctors, and chain drug stores with no guarantees. Why is Sheila Copps on the side of the naturopaths, the herbal industry, the Brantford Six Nation Reserve, and the ethnic members of our society who she believes really need this stuff to maintain their health? Where is the proof Madame Minister?