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Cyberbullying, doxxing, vitamin C injections and cancer

Have you heard about the petition in Canada that gained nearly 120,000 signatures, asking the government to “approve and reimburse” vitamin C injections for people with cancer?

And about how it almost succeeded through political lobbying?

I spent a year (March 2018 to March 2019) working on this case as a science communicator, trying at first to help people understand the issues and pitfalls with this petition, and then addressing the politicians directly and trying to rally scientific associations. I did this because the petition was moving forward rapidly and no one was raising doubts about it.

As a result, a group of vitamin C supporters tried to make me lose my job. I was doxxed. My identity was stolen. A smear campaign in the media was organized against me. My family was threatened.

Eventually, after months of intimidation and cyberbullying, I came forward publicly with what was going on behind the scenes. The result was a massive outcry from the scientific community, which could not be ignored by the government this time.

And ultimately, we managed to prevent the petition from going forward into parliamentary proceedings.

These events eventually had positive consequences: a government task force was created in order to protect scientists who speak publicly about sensitive topics (I am fortunate enough to be involved in it). Also, an inter-professional advisory committee was created to help healthcare professionals, such as myself, to speak publicly without fear of disciplinary action.

 

This case received little attention in the English-Canadian press, so here are translations of two articles on what happened.

(Click here for the PDF format)



And the conclusion…



Fellow science communicator Jonathan Jarry, from the McGill Office for Science and Society, was kind enough to write a post on the topic too. Thanks so much Jonathan!

https://jonathanjarry.com/2019/03/07/harassing-a-skeptic-into-silence/

 

For those interested in reading my original article on the topic, which started the whole thing, I would happily create an English version, but here’s a rough Google translation in the meantime.

(pictures are not translatable thorough this tool, unfortunately)

A comic for Pharmacy Awareness Week 2019

I’m thrilled to work in partnership with the Quebec Order of Pharmacists (OPQ) for Pharmacy Awareness Week 2019!

For the occasion, I’ve created a comic that will be distributed to pharmacies throughout Quebec and provided to clients who come in for a new prescription.

The objective is to explain what happens while one waits for their medication, which is a total mystery for most people! Ultimately, the goal is to demystify the work of pharmacists, and to show what we do – and can do – for the public.

I like the idea of ​​learning without realizing it, hence the absurd visual metaphors. I hope people will receive the comic in the waiting room and be like “What is that?!“. This sounds like a good starting point 🙂

The comic was created for pharmacists and for the public. In other words, it’s yours. Here’s a link to the PDF version (8.5 x 11″; includes a 0.25″ bleed). Upon request, I can also provide you with a ultra-HD version, which you could print on giant canvas for display on cliffs, skyscrapers, etc.

If you’d like to use it outside of Quebec, please let us know, I’m sure we can figure something out 🙂

A huge thank you to OPQ, to all pharmacists and pharmacy staff members, and to all of you for your interest in this project!

Interview with Edzard Ernst on osteopathy

I had the immense honor to interview Dr Edzard Ernst, “world’s foremost expert on complementary and alternative therapies (CAM)“, for an episode of my TV show on the topic of osteopathy.

Here’s the full interview :

(the intro is in French, but the interview itself is in English)

And for those who might be interested, here’s the trailer for the episode (in French only):

Breastfeeding teaser with English subtitles

I was asked by lactation consultants to provide an English translation for the teaser on the “Breastfeeding” episode of my (French Canadian) TV show.

Now that it’s done, I might as well post it here too 🙂

(note : click the “CC” logo on the bottom-right corner to activate the subtitles)

The Pharmafist : an English version of Le Pharmachien is born

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Back in Sep. 2012, I created a weird blog/website hybrid about health & science named Le Pharmachien. It eventually became somewhat popular in the French-speaking world.

Today, due to popular demand (and a ill-advised need to fill up more of my spare time), I’m releasing its English version: The Pharmafist.

Comics will have to be translated one by one, obviously, and I very much doubt I can do it all by myself. So if you feel like translating your favorite one, please give me a shout here or on Facebook.

P.S. Don’t even think about making a joke involving fists and all. I’ve heard them all in my head already.