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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 on 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:


Are most chiropractors behaving unethically? Chiropractors in the UK systematically ignore informed consent.

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Osteopathy revisited: How reliable is the claim that osteopathy is effective for back pain?


Parents on trial in meningitis death of toddler defended use of natural remedies in police interview: The parents believed in the power of natural remedies over conventional medicine, even after the boy was flown to a Calgary hospital in grave condition.

Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ: The Followers of Christ is a religious sect that preaches faith healing in states such as Idaho, which offers a faith-based shield for felony crimes – despite alarming child mortality rates among these groups.

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Naturopaths should be restricted from treating children. Here’s why: The parents of sick children are often the target of alternative practitioners and this can lead to tragic results.

Two traditional medicines unsafe to use: The Malaysian Health Ministry has issued a warning against the use of the unregistered Chinese traditional medicine Dong Mai Tan and Seven Leave Ginseng following complaints of liver failure and swollen face or “moon face”.

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Risk of interactions between complementary and alternative medicine and medication for comorbidities in patients with melanoma: Alternative approaches that bypass conventional medicine are often marketed as panaceas, however, they are not only ineffective, but they come with some risks.

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Doctors speak out against chiropractors treating children: Some doctors want regulators to ban chiropractic treatment for children altogether, and are accusing the regulator of being unable to rein them in.

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Cowgirl chooses alternative therapies to treat cancer: Troublesome sensationalist journalism which fails to mention the 100% failure rate of alternative interventions for cancer when comments from oncologists are not included.

Marketers of Indoor Tanning Systems to Pay Refunds to Consumers: Marketers of  high profile US-based alternative practitioner Mercola’s brand of indoor tanning systems will pay refunds to consumers and will be permanently banned from marketing or selling indoor tanning systems, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

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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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