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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Terminal stupidity about ADHD and Bach Flower Remedies

After almost a life-time of exposure to seriously compact BS about alternative medicine, you would expect me to be used to it. And it’s true, I usually don’t bat an eyelash when someone writes nonsense about this or that therapy. But every once in a while, I come across an exception, some statement that is […]
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Friday, 23 June 2017

Scientology detox? No thanks!!!

I was surprised to receive this email yesterday: “Hello Edzard Ernst, You may remember I got in touch last week regarding losing a loved one to the ravages of drugs or alcohol. I just wanted to remind you that Narconon is here to help. For over fifty years Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres have been successfully reversing the […]
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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Cannabis for cancer?

The claim that Cannabis can cure cancer is all over the Internet. Such promotion is regularly enhanced by announcements of VIPs that they intend to try Cannabis when affected by cancer. 

As her back pain turned out to be caused by metastases from her earlier breast cancer, Olivia Newton-John now intends to complete a course […]

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Trying to understand a doctor homeopath: “homeopathy is helpful for any condition”!?!?

Dr Gabriella Day is a GP in England who describes herself and her beliefs as follows: “I began training in homeopathy as it is clear that for many conditions conventional treatment options are not effective and can have unwanted side effects. It seemed to me that there must be another way to help people suffering from […]

Monday, 19 June 2017

Pharmacists’ responsibilities vis a vis alternative medicine: the violation of healthcare ethics continues.

Alternative medicine differs from conventional medicine in numerous ways. One important difference is that patients often opt to try this or that product without consulting any healthcare professional at all. In such cases, the pharmacist might be the ONLY professional who can advise the patient who is about to purchase such a product. 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

I watched Alex Jones give his viewers health advice. Here’s what I learned. - Vox

There's a "fungus epidemic." And Infowars’ Jones has just the supplements to stop it.


... If you know anything about the HPV vaccine or vaccine safety, it’s easy to dismiss this video as fringe lunacy. But Infowars is no longer a peripheral media player. The website now reaches more than 6 million unique US users each month. The YouTube channel has more than 2 million followers — about as many as Vox ... Read full article here: I watched Alex Jones give his viewers health advice. Here’s what I learned. - Vox

Is homeopathy ‘nano-medicine’?

“Highly diluted homeopathic remedies cannot possibly work beyond a placebo effect because there is nothing in them”. This is the argument, we often hear. It is, I think correct. But homeopaths have always disagreed. Hahnemann claimed that the healing power of his remedies was due to a ‘vital force’, and for a long time his […]

Friday, 16 June 2017

Refreshingly honest words from a pharmacist: ‘Homeopathy could be pharmacy’s saviour’

David Needleman, a pharmacist at Wilkinson Chemist in Barnet, UK, has published a brilliant article explaining that complementary medicine such as homeopathy, nutrition and aromatherapy could make smaller pharmacies “more viable and competitive”, as they look to “survive” the funding cuts across England. In doing so, he made it clear that retail pharmacists are shop-keepers, not healthcare professionals, as previously assumed. […]