The FitzGerald Seminar Series
“Pseudoscience in Medicine”
Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society”
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C7
Faculty Club, University of Toronto (also available via webex - details below)
Change: The Main Dining Room, 1st floor
5:00 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Afternoon Tea
5:25 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Introduction
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Presentation
6:30 p.m. - 6:50 p.m. Q & A /Discussion
Abstract: Alternative medicine, integrated medicine, complementary medicine. These terms are widely featured in the media, usually without appropriate critical analysis. There is a great deal of confusion among the public, as well as among physicians, about what the various “alternative” treatments actually encompass and about their safety and efficacy. Homeopathy, for example, is often mistakenly believed to be synonymous with any kind of herbal treatment. A proper scientific investigation of the pros and cons of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) can be very enlightening particularly when it comes to vaccination, certainly one of medicine’s most impressive triumphs. Smallpox has been wiped out, polio has virtually been relegated to the history books and childhood diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella have been brought under control. Yet, there is a booming anti-vaccine movement championed by the likes of “Dr.” Jenny McCarthy and “Dr.” JimCarrey. This sort of unscientific activism presents real risks and needs to be addressed by the scientific establishment.
-learn about some of the pseudoscientific products and treatments that are being promoted to patients
-distinguish homeopathy from herbal treatments
-learn about our efforts at the McGill Office for Science and Society to battle pseudeoscience
-learn about how the anti-vaccinationists go about getting their message across and how the scientific community can mount a counterattack
Presenter: Dr. Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society.” He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public and is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD and has appeared hundreds of times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television. Dr. Schwarcz also writes a newspaper column entitled “The Right Chemistry” and has authored a number of books, “Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs,” “The Genie in the Bottle,” "That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles," “Dr. Joe And What You Didn’t Know,” “The Fly In The Ointment” “Let Them Eat Flax” “An Apple A Day,” “Brain Fuel,” “Science, Sense and Nonsense,” “Dr. Joe’s Brain Sparks,” “Dr. Joe’s Health Lab” and his latest, “The Right Chemistry, ”all of which have made it on to the best seller list. He is also an amateur conjurer and often spices up his presentations with a little magic. Dr. Schwarcz has been awarded the 2010 “Montreal Medal” which is the Canadian Chemical Institute’s premier prize recognizing lifetime contributions to chemistry in Canada. In the spring of 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cape Breton University. He also hold a previous honorary degree from Athabasca University. In November of 2011 the McGill Office for Science and Society received the largest gift ever in Canadian history ($5.5 million) from philanthropist LorneTrottier to further its work in promoting scientific education and critical thinking.
The FitzGerald Seminar Series (FSS) on Communicable Disease Control provides a forum for collaboration between professionals from public health, academia, clinical practice and industry sharing an interest in the latest scientific evidence pertaining to infectious disease prevention and control. The Series is CME accredited by the University of Toronto CEPD office for the following credits: The College of Family Physicians of Canada: 1.5 Mainpro-M1 credits per session and The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada: 1.5 Section 1 credits per session. The series is presented by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
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Meeting number: 193 177 256; Password: This meeting does not require a password
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The financial support of the following companies is gratefully acknowledged:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
Merck Canada Inc.