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Ear candling fraud
- Health Canada's opinion - Feb 14, 2002
Consumers are advised to avoid this dangerous and ineffective treatment. You may report complaints and concerns about
ear candles or any other medical device to Health Canada through the Therapeutic Product Programme's toll-free Hot-line at 1-800-267-9675.
- Health Canada's statement in Adobe .pdf format
- It's Your Health - Health Canada with links
- It's Your Health - Health Canada - .pdf format
- Ear Candles: FDA’s Regulatory Actions and Current Position - The Alternative Medicine Committee - American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has been working for several years with the FDA to get ear candles removed from the market. There is clear evidence that these products are not only ineffective, but they also are dangerous.
The letter is from the FDA discussing its regulatory actions against ear candles.
- Terry Polevoy's shot at ear candling in the K-W Record
Ear candling is just another fine example of consumer health fraud, and the poor job that Health Canada is doing to protect the public. Ear candling is not only fraudulent, it is dangerous. Ears can be injured and treatment may be delayed for serious health problems. Consumers have no idea that even when these products are used by a licensed health professional such as a nurse, that they are in violation of their
- Why Ear Candling Is Not a Good Idea - Quackwatch.org with links to FDA Detention and Enforcement reports
- Ear candles made in Canada seized in U.S.
- Ear Candling: Conflicting Information, Confused Consumers - Audiologists review of false claims
From a professional standpoint, it sounds absolutely ridiculous. To consumers, however, some of it sounds like the answer they’ve been searching for. Audiologists and other hearing health care providers are best able to help consumers and patients if we’re aware of what they’ve been exposed to. There are literally dozens and dozens of websites, health-food stores and pseudo-science books dedicated to ear candling. Consumers should be wary of the claims made regarding ear candles. Lots of great pictures in this article!!
OF JOB GIVEN THE CHOICE OF MODELING FOR MATINEE FASHION OR LEARNING THE
SECRET ART OF EARCANDLING GIVEN BOOST BY
IMASO'S SHOPPERS' DRUG MART
Do you ever wonder happens to all the ear wax that Shoppers Drug Mart collects
during these Healthwatch events? Do you know that Matinee cigarettes won't
tell us what their secret ingredients are? Hmmm, hmmm good!
Drug Mart adds Ear Candling to their HealthWatch pharmacist's war against
that most Deadly Disease - E-A-R-W-A-X
the vertical position of the candle. This is totally wrong, in violation
of the sacred rules of the Knights in Waxy Tights. In order to prevent
damage to the ear canal and brain cavity, the candle must be held in a
push here to see the correct placement as demonstrated by Deepoket
Chokcrap, Shoppers Drug Mart's medical advisor.
One Come All to Shoppers Drug Mart - Conestoga Mall March 11th is your
chance to see
The Amaazing Ear Wax Expo.
THERE MARCH 11th
Suck Wax Big Time
covered by OHIP cause the Ontario Minister of Health at the time, Elizabeth Witmer, won't let taxpayers
"take it in the ear".
She reserves that for MDs.
F.D.A. Search for ear candles - note how many Canadian manufacturers of ear candles and other quack remedies are noted by the Feds. These products are banned and are dangerous because they are fraudulent devices. Health Canada does nothing about it.
Let's snuff out ear candling - Dean Edell
Lisa Dryer's comments on Ear Candling - As proof that ear
candles work, people say cut one into and look at the wax and impurities
it's drawn out of your ear. It can cause severe damage to the ear drum. A study done in London, Ontario is included.
CBC's Marketplace waxes on ear candling
A Skeptics Dictionary
Seely's study in Larygoscope - some patients actually had more wax during the experiment than before. Plus, it's dangerous
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