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FSM is involved in campaigns that raise many issues in the public arena. We will endeavor to keep a good record and to respond appropriately to the relevant parties.

Here in 'News', we will keep our Friends informed of what is going on in the general and professional media, including articles, interviews and events related to activities of the FSM or that mention our activities. many of the articles referred, appear in journals for which access may be limited to subscribers or to university students and personnel. We would appreciate your alerting us to events we might not be aware of.

The items of this page will be subsequently placed in 'archives'. 'News' items of this page will be progressively be placed in the 'archives'.

The following articles have appeared in the media this week:


Can you trust the local chemist?: Pharmacies are selling therapeutic goods you don’t need, that doesn’t work, in the guise of ‘health’.

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Internet slimming, thyrotoxicosis and the liver: A patient presented with thyrotoxicosis caused by Gingko biloba and green tea purchased over the internet. These supplements are readily available over the internet with no regulation of their efficacy, safety or contents.


Homeopaths fight back over negative findings (NZ): New Zealand doctors are said to be backing the findings of an Australian study that says homeopathic remedies do not work - but Kiwis practising the alternative treatment say the study is flawed.


Four million Australians deficient in vitamin D: While about one in four adults were vitamin D deficient, 17% had a mild deficiency, 6% a moderate deficiency, and less than 1% a severe deficiency, study finds.

Vitamin supplements for kids: what are we really treating? Australian parents spend $40 million each year on vitamin supplements for their children. It’s a big number; much smaller is the number of children who actually need them.

QUESTION: how do chiropractors earn their daily bread? ANSWER: all too often by being economical with the truth: An investigation of Victorian chiropractors, describing their clinical practices, suggests that most Australian chiropractors treat non-spinal conditions and there is no evidence that the most frequently used interventions are effective.


NHMRC mustn't duck duty to clamp down on quackery.

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A third of the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network’s members are medical professionals: MEDICAL experts say it is “distressing” that nurses and midwives are members of an anti-vaccination lobby, which also boasts chiropractors, naturopaths and osteopaths among its supporters.

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Adverts pulled from TV after public backlash: A pharmaceutical company has withdrawn adverts linking children's dietary supplements and NAPLAN test results after just two days following a public backlash.

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