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 moreClinical trials of integrative medicine: testing whether magic works?

Food gadgets – Which work and which don’t ?

Available these days are various gadgets that claim to save you money because they help to preserve fruit and veg for longer. Now when I use the term “gadget”, I do not mean some fancy bit of electronics, but rather a simple bit of plastic, cotton bag, or similar that is supposed to help preserve … Read moreFood gadgets – Which work and which don’t ?

Cancer Relief UK has been conned and may now be out of business

There is a tragic tale today about Cancer Relief UK. They are one of a myriad of smaller organisations who beaver away to provide the little – and sometimes not so little – extras which make the lives of cancer sufferers rather more bearable. Founded by Tracy and Steve Coupe in 2008, they give grants … Read moreCancer Relief UK has been conned and may now be out of business

Alternative medicines can’t escape the long arm of the law

Edzard Ernst is an impressive chap, not only is he a prize-winning physician, but he is also the founder of two medical journals. And if that is not enough, he was also the first chair in complementary medicine at the University of Exeter and is also the co-author of “Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on … Read moreAlternative medicines can’t escape the long arm of the law

UK Folks Only – “Continuous payments authority” – Debunking the myths

If you do not live in the UK, then skip this article, it is not for you – If you do, then keep going. There is a myth currently doing the rounds via the UK media and also via the guidance issued by UK banks. Even the Office of Fair Trading has got it wrong. … Read moreUK Folks Only – “Continuous payments authority” – Debunking the myths