The Detox myth busted

There is a really really good article over on the UK’s Guardian by Dara Mohammadi. For background, he is a Health and Science writer at the Guardian, also presents the Lancet’s news podcast, and is a senior assistant editor at the Lancet. “Detox” is one of those extra special words that if encountered should trigger … Read more The Detox myth busted

Clinical trials of integrative medicine: testing whether magic works?

You might perhaps be wondering what the term “integrative medicine” actually means, well if curious and you asked, you would get distinctly different answers. For those that support the concept you will be advised that “it treats the “whole person,” focuses on wellness and health rather than on treating disease, and emphasizes the patient-physician relationship“, however … Read more Clinical trials of integrative medicine: testing whether magic works?

Homeopathy – the “cure” that contains no active ingredients

The rather amusing news is that Terra-Medica, a producer Homeopathy remedies has had to recalls more than 50 lots across its range because they potentially contained an active ingredient that just might do something – penicillin. The UK’s Independent reports … A company making homeopathic remedies in the US has had to recall more than 50 different … Read more Homeopathy – the “cure” that contains no active ingredients

Quackery and Cancer Care

Brian Palmer has a great article over in slate all about the deployment of Reiki and reflexology as cancer cures. He writes … Most treatments at U.S. cancer centers are evidence-based and cutting-edge. In recent years, however, some of our great temples of healing have begun to dabble in the unscientific and the prescientific. Integrative care centers … Read more Quackery and Cancer Care

The Anti-vaccine movement – one picture is all you really need

Michael Hiltzik, the prize winning journalist and columnist, has a fabulous article in the LA Times entitled … “The toll of the anti-vaccination movement, in one devastating graphic“, you should check it out. He starts off with … Aaron Carroll today offers a graphic depiction of the toll of the anti-vaccination movement. (H/t: Kevin Drum.) It comes from a Council … Read more The Anti-vaccine movement – one picture is all you really need

Finally … a cure for Cancer has been discovered.

The Saudi Gazette has announced the exciting news that a cure for Cancer has been discovered by Dr. Faten Abdel-Rahman Khorshid. She … yes, it’s a woman and not a man who has made … “one of the Kingdom’s greatest national achievements in the field of science“. This is truly exciting stuff, and it is fantastic … Read more Finally … a cure for Cancer has been discovered.