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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:


Hard to swallow this bitter pill: Pharmacy customers should be given the information they need on complementary medicine labels to make better choices about their healthcare.

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Queensland Health pulls Australian Vaccination-Skeptics leaflet from pregnancy pack:a leaflet promoting the Australian Vaccination-Sceptics Network (AVN) has been pulled from Queensland Health’s pregnancy packs after a Gold Coast mum raised concerns about the document.

Myth? Bracelets can relieve arthritic pain: Magnetic wrist straps and copper bracelets offer no more pain relief or anti-inflammatory effects than placebo.

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‘Natural’ hormone therapy no panacea for menopause symptoms: Menopausal women have been driven towards the false promises of bioidentical hormone therapy and may not be aware of the potential danger.

Acupuncture for Menopausal Symptoms: A reasonable person can only conclude that acupuncture does not work, and that all the clinical research consistently shows that acupuncture conveys only illusory and nonspecific placebo effects for subjective symptoms


Acupuncture, zombie fish and Humpty Dumpty: Part of the frustration of trying to take acupuncture seriously  is that the definition and supposed theoretical model cannot be defined in a meaningful way.

I paid $50,000 for a health ‘miracle’:a paralysed patient’s story about the use of stem cells which he unsuccessfully used to help him restore his health and his wish that there were more such options open in Australia.

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Testosterone supplements: why the fuss?: A whole industry has grown around testosterone supplementation for ageing men. But neither the benefits nor risks of the practice are clear yet. Until the results of clinical trials become available, we have insufficient evidence to support the use of testosterone beyond the 2% to 3% of the population with unequivocal hypogonadism. And caution should clearly be exercised in men with cardiovascular disease.

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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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