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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:


Chinese naturopath advising against proven cancer treatment and a farmer claiming apricot seeds cure the fatal disease are under investigation: Sydney businesses under are investigation for misleading cancer treatments including TCM practitioner Peter Chen who advises patients against mastectomies and a Blacktown Farmer Garry Vereb claims his apricot seeds cured his cancer.

RANZCOG College Communiqués: Delivery of Chiropractic Therapies to the Unborn Child: The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has rejected the chiropractic ‘Webster Technique’ promoted by some chiropractors and midwives as effective for rotating breech babies.


Baby boy died of brain injuries he got during a home birth after his parents ignored warnings that he was SIDEWAYS in the womb: a baby has died of brain injuries after a 'high risk' home birth in Nimbin even though the parents had been warned against the father delivering the baby. A coroner said all medical evidence suggested the death was avoidable.

The compounder, the doctor and the institute: A compounding pharmacy criticised for dispensing a withdrawn substance is considering legal avenues against Dr Ken Harvey.

Cancer patient dies after forgoing chemo for cupping, acupuncture: A 26-year-old Chinese actress who documented her cancer treatment journey online has died, sparking conversation in her native country about the possible harms of traditional Chinese medicine.


TWITTER = a promotional tool for chiros: Chiropractors may not be good at treating diseases or symptoms, but they are certainly good at promoting their trade. As this trade hardly does more good than harm, one could argue that chiropractors are promoting bogus and potentially harmful treatments to fill their own pockets.

More Australians dying from cancer than heart diseases, new report from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows: Cancers have overtaken heart diseases as Australia’s biggest killer, with more people dying from cancer than cardiovascular diseases for the first time.

Fewer Kids and Teens Are Dying From Cancer: Treatment advancements are likely possible for a 20% drop in deaths from cancer among children and teens in the United States.

Many clinical trials’ findings never get published. Here’s why that’s bad: New research suggests that nearly half of all clinical trials involving kids go unfinished or unpublished.

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Government responds to medicine review: On September 15, 2016 the Australian Government Response to the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation was released. The Review report made recommendations that were “significant in scale and scope”.

How To Figure Out If Your Supplements Are Safe: There are pitfalls of using supplements, and you can improve your chances of getting a pill that does what it’s supposed to.

The Vitamin Paradox: why both health and illness boost our misplaced trust in supplements: Supplementing diets with vitamin pills has become a popular practice, but the evidence behind their effectiveness is increasingly shaky.


Strip 'quacks' of tax breaks, say scientists: Health charities that promote 'dangerous' homeopathic treatments could lose bank perks: The Good Thinking Society campaigns against 'pseudoscience', planning to mount High Court battle to force Charity Commission to take ‘dozens’ of alternative health organisations off register.

A critical appraisal of evidence and arguments used by Australian chiropractors to promote therapeutic interventions: Belief based on disproven dogma, the selective use of poor-quality evidence, and personal experience subject to bias is no longer an appropriate basis on which to promote and practice therapeutic interventions.

A new systematic review of chiropractic for low back pain: far less encouraging than chiros make us believe: There is only limited evidence regarding the effectiveness offered by Chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists and general practitioners.

Acupuncture ‘helps women fall pregnant': the Sun has got this badly wrong: Poor health journalism is sadly prevalent when it comes to alternative therapies and can do a lot of damage. False hopes will lead to bitter disappointments and more human suffering. Moreover, bogus treatments will inevitably be a drain on patients’ finances.

Pharmacies warned after Chemmart ACCC decision: The ACCC has accepted an administrative undertaking on behalf of Chemmart following concerns about its myDNA genetic test.

Alternative Pain Management: Not Really: Before you purchase a bottle of “natural” pain remedy, consider that you may be spending your hard earned dollars on something without proven value.

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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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