Alternative medicine

ACC under the microscope again

The Society for Science Based Healthcare is taking a closer look at ACC payouts to those claiming for acupuncture.

Simillimum, Health 2000, ear candles and fluoride

Another fortnight, another round of ASA complaints released.

Things of interest this time include 4 anti-fluoride that were not upheld, a complaint from @honestuniverse about Health 2000, an upheld Ear Candles complaint by @listay1 and a settled complaint against Simillimum Homeopathic Pharmacy by myself.

Is PubMed a credible source?

So... I wrote an OIA that lead to an article in The Dominion Post which has comments on the article enabled.

Fluoridation critic still unhappy after ad complaint rejected

I'm wondering why this made it as a news story at all. The tl;dr; for it would read "Psudeoscience promoter whines about having complaint rejected due to facts."

Claims of Subluxation Causing Disease Prohibited in Great Britain

The General Chiropractic Council in the UK don't support the use of subluxation within their own industry.

A Handy Alternative Therapy Flowchart

@Crispian_Jago has produced a fantastic flowchart to assist you with determining which Alt-Med option is best suited for you. Click through to see the full sized version on his blog.

Public response to Alan Freestone(Homeopath) due to censored comments

So... It seems HomeopathyUK don't really like having the truth pointed out. My response there was deleted. So, instead, I thought I'd post it here, where they can't censor it.

Anti-science & the Denialists was posted yesterday and did the rounds on #ten23. The post is whining about an article published in the American Journal of Medicine entitled "Should We Maintain an Open Mind about Homeopathy?" by Michael Baum and Edzard Ernst. As is typical of these blogs, the author completely misses the point.

NZ follows suit on challenging Chiropractic

A few days ago there was an article in The Press on Stuff, Chiropractors' treatments questioned, which reports on the "baseless claims about treating conditions such as asthma, ear infections and colic". The research appears in the New Zealand Medical Journal and covers a review of 200 websites of chiropractors and the claims they make. The results were quite damning.

Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy

Evidence Check inquiries

1. Since the Science and Technology Committee was reformed in October 2009, we have been running a novel programme of work that we have called "Evidence Check". The purpose of Evidence Check is to examine how the Government uses evidence to formulate and review its policies. We have focussed on narrow policy areas and asked the Government to answer two questions: (1) what is the policy? and (2) on what evidence is the policy based? In December 2009 we published our first Evidence Check on Early Literacy Interventions.

NZ Skeptics Invite Homeopaths to Join Campaign

Following on from the Closeup TV interview, we decided to put up a challenge of our own to the NZ Council of Homeopaths to join the campaign. Here's why:

The New Zealand Skeptics are inviting homeopaths to join their call for pharmacies to stop selling homeopathic products, as both groups are opposed to the practice, albeit for different reasons.

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