Archived articles and radio interviews
The articles below have appeared since the beginning of 2016:
Snow leopard DNA found in Chinese medicine sold in Australia: Chinese medicine purchased over the counter in Australia has been found to contain the DNA of endangered species.
Masseur dispensed drugs and masqueraded as chiropractor: A NSW massage therapist who pretended to be a chiropractor and supplied a client with prescription-only medicine has been banned from massaging female clients until he completes a short TAFE course.
oes cervical lordosis change after spinal manipulation for non-specific neck pain? A prospective cohort study: This recent study found no difference in neck alignment when the patients sought treatment and no significant change in neck alignment after four weeks of neck manipulation.
Catastrophic outcome of chiropractic spinal manipulation: Chiropractic cervical manipulation can result in catastrophic vascular lesions preventable if these practices are limited to highly specialized personnel under very specific situations.
Health minister demands answers after claims of false advertising by chiropractors: The South Australian health minister, Jack Snelling, has demanded answers from Australia’s health regulator about how it plans to stop chiropractors from making false and potentially dangerous claims that risk harming the public.
Prenatal Multivitamins and Iron: Not Evidence-Based: There is no clear or consistent evidence that prenatal iron supplementation has a beneficial clinical impact on maternal or infant health.
Doctors raise alarm over herbal remedies and liver injury: Doctors are calling for tighter regulation of herbal supplements following two recent cases of severe liver toxicity in Australian men.
Time for government to tackle anti-vaxxers: Vaccines are not about choice –they are about safety and the longer we frame the vaccine debate as about individual choice the longer we lend legitimacy to the paranoid pseudoscience of the anti-vaccination movement.
Pro-fluoridation group targets 'inaccurate' information surfacing in U.S. communities: A group of dental and medical professionals have created the American Fluoridation Society (AFS), seeking to debunk myths and clarify the evidence behind fluoridation’s safety and benefits.
Killing cancer patients via the Internet: The Internet is full with sites that promote treatments for which there is no good evidence; what is worse, they encourage patients to forego conventional treatments which might save their lives. If anyone then dares to point this out, he will be attacked for being in the pocket of ‘Big Pharma’.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care: The Subluxation Question and Referral Risk: Referral of a child to a chiropractor for manipulation should not be considered lest a bad outcome harms the child or leads to a charge of negligence or malpractice.
Alternative Medicine and the Ethics Of Commerce: This article considers CAM from the perspective of commercial ethics - the ethics not of prescribing or administering CAM (activities most closely associated with health professionals) but the ethics of selling CAM.
No Understanding, No Consent: The Case Against Alternative Medicine: Informed consent may be understood as an effective way of ruling out particular treatments in order to improve patient autonomy and maintain trust in the medical profession.
The Alternative Medicine Racket: How the Feds Fund Quacks: The NIH has spent $5.5 billion investigating a wide variety of unconventional medical practices from around the world, such as shark cartilage for cancer, St. John's Wort for depression and acupuncture for pain.
Naturopathic medicine is cow pie: Naturopathy is an ideology. It is not a distinct form of primary care medicine. In fact, it is not any kind of medicine. It is pseudoscience.
Good progress in clinical trials transparency, but we need to do more: Launched in January 2013 by the charity Sense About Science, the AllTrials campaign has been pulling together organisations in the UK and around the world to bring greater transparency to clinical trials.
Pharmacy 'pick-up lines' plan attacked: A leading GP has savaged a push by pharmacy owners to boost sales of schedule 2 and 3 medications by using so-called “pick-up lines” on patients
Naturopath put breastfeeding mum on water only diet: court: A NSW naturopath allegedly put a breastfeeding mother on a raw food diet to cure er baby's eczema before putting her on a water only diet.
To Prevent Back Pain, Orthotics Are Out, Exercise Is In: If we begin and stick with the right type of exercise program, we might avoid a recurrence, according to a comprehensive new scientific review of back pain prevention.
Whooping cough warning at Gosford hospital after newborn infected:A NSW Central Coast hospital is assuring local families the risk of contracting whooping cough is low, despite being exposed to the contagious disease in its maternity ward last month.
Just when you thought anti-vaxxers couldn’t get more stupid: New research by Western Australian Edith Cowan University reveals that these anti-vaxxers who once defaced posters in doctor’s surgeries and publicly hounded us “brainwashed” mums and dads are, in fact, wounded by the criticism.
Supplements & Safety: FRONTLINE, The New York Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation examine the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight.
Pharmacist Shadi Kazeme under fire over intravenous vitamin drips: A clinic offering intravenous vitamin drips and injections allegedly, claims to protect you from viruses, improve your sleep, help you lose weight, and "reduce depression… so you can get more from life". However, not only are these claims baseless, but consumers are risking unpleasant side effects from high doses of vitamin C such as diarrhoea, gastrointestinal upset and deep-vein thrombosis without being sufficiently warned of these risks before they attend.
Why you shouldn’t waste your money on supplements that claim to boost your immune system: There are only two ways the human body can deal with the invading pathogens and infections that can cause colds and other illnesses — and neither involves vitamins or ‘superfoods’ that claim to offer protection.
One type of popular supplement may be doing more harm than good: A Frontline investigation looks into what actually goes into fish oils and if those fish oils are actually doing what we think they do.
Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back): Pseudoscience is everywhere – on the back of your shampoo bottle, on the ads that pop up in your Facebook feed, and in the media.
ASA Ruling on PharmaCare (Europe) Ltd: The Advertising Standards Association UK has upheld a complaint against Promensil, a complementary medicine promoted for the symptoms of menopause.
University of Wollongong criticised over thesis by anti vaccination activist: The University of Wollongong has accepted a PhD thesis from a prominent anti-vaccination activist that warns that global agencies such as the World Health Organization are colluding with the pharmaceutical industry in a massive conspiracy to spruik immunisation.
‘Anti-vaxxers' keeping their decision secret amplifying health risk to others, study suggests: A study undertaken by Edith Cowan University school of psychology and social science researchers suggests that 'Anti-vaxxers' who feel they will be judged for their decision are keeping it a secret, putting others at greater risk.
Women warned fad of inserting herbal detox balls into vagina ‘could cause toxic shock’: The concept of detoxing is just a gimmick, as the mechanism of how detoxes work is built around pseudoscience.
Ken Harvey and Malcolm Vickers: Chiropractic board in firing line: The Chiropractic Board’s (and AHPRA’s) handling of complaints by educative measures alone is ineffective. It has largely failed to correct the websites which we have complained about.
Acupuncture no better than blunt needles for menopause: Traditional Chinese acupuncture is no better than a fake version using blunt needles for treating menopause symptoms, according to a University of Melbourne study.
Chromium supplements linked to cancer: Chromium picolinate, a common ingredient in multivitamins and a popular supplement used for diabetes and weight loss, is converted into a well-known cancer-causing substance in the fat cells of mice, Australian researchers have found.
Australia's best known anti-quackery campaigner joins Friends of Science in Medicine: Anti-quackery campaigner Dr Ken Harvey has joined evidence-based crusaders, the Friends of Science in Medicine.
The sun goes down on Vitamin D: why I changed my mind about this celebrated supplement: The billions we waste on supplements, assisted by the poorly regulated but rich and powerful vitamin industry should be spent on proper healthcare – and people should be educated to go in the sunshine and eat a diverse range of real food instead.
Placebo = the illusion of a cure: The benefits of placebo therapy are uncertain, while its risks can be considerable. Therefore the use of placebos in clinical routine is rarely justified.
The place of homeopathy … is … in the history books! History demonstrates fairly clearly that conventional medicine has changed according to new knowledge. In homeopathy, such a demonstration is so far missing.
The AMA welcome 'no jab, no pay' vaccination policy: Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will be stripped of childcare benefits and rebates under the government's 'No Jab, No Pay' policy
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