It's flu vaccine time of the year again. Whether you choose to get the vaccine or not, is that choice based on accurate scientific information? While there may not be one decision that's right for everyone, it's safe to say that making a choice based on myths is a mistake. How do vaccines work? When … Continue reading Can the flu vaccine give you the flu?
It's Media Literacy Week November 5-9, 2018, so I wanted to write about media literacy when it comes to one of my favourite go-to sources of information, Wikipedia. We've come a long way since I was in high school and the World Book Encyclopedia reigned supreme. Still, with World Book you could pretty confident that the information … Continue reading Media literacy week: How to be a discerning Wikipedia user
Check out this article I published on Psyche about the idea that has been put forth that there is a post-abortion mental illness syndrome. This is my first post on Psyche, and you may also want to check it out for yourself – it's part of Vocal Media, and it's a way to make a bit … Continue reading Is there really a “post-abortion syndrome”?
Chances are, you've heard the idea that vaccines can cause autism. This notion is championed by various organizations and individuals, one of the most prominent being actress Jenny McCarthy, whose son was diagnosed with autism at age 2. She has an autism-related organization called Generation Rescue, and on its website is a guide to vaccine safety. … Continue reading Vaccines and autism: The link that doesn’t exist
At one point I had come home from an extended stay in hospital, and because ECT had wiped out a chunk of memory, I discovered things in my house that I had no idea how they had gotten there. One of those things I found was a book on the law of attraction. At first … Continue reading Is the law of attraction real?
We are regularly bombarded with news of the latest scientific research findings, and sometimes it seems like you can find a study to tell you just about anything. My concern with news reporting of research is that many people (including members of the media) have relatively limited research literacy. Research literacy refers to the ability … Continue reading Why Research Literacy Matters in Mental Health