June 6, 2018 by Speakers' Spotlight
Researcher Timothy Caulfield Asks For Oversight of Alternative Health-Care to Ensure ‘Science-Based’ Practices
Timothy Caulfield is well-known for debunking myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector, often focusing on celebrity culture’s influence over life, health-care and beauty trends. He debunks those messages in a fun, factual way that also showcases his love for it in his book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything.
As the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, he is vocal on a variety of health and science policy issues. He turned his attention to the alternative health-care sector after three registered naturopaths in B.C. promoted a homeopathic therapy promising to eliminate autism.
In a CBC article, Timothy is calling for the creation of an independent body to monitor the claims of alternative health-care professionals. He isn’t against self-regulation of alternative health-care professions, but, like his take on all health-based trends, he wants to make sure their claims are backed by science.
“If we are going to have these regulated alternative practitioners, why not create an independent regulatory entity that would sit on top of their regulatory board?” [Timothy] said.
“The goal there would be to ensure that they’re adhering to a science-based standard.”
“If they are science-based, step up and be science-based. If they’re not science-based, make that explicit, and then society can have an interesting discussion about whether we should have these philosophies… as part of our health-care system,” he said.