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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:


You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy?: There’s no such thing as ‘detoxing’. In medical terms, it’s a nonsense. Diet and exercise is the only way to get healthy.

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Discipline against US Naturopath: The Washington Board of Naturopathy has disciplined a naturopath after concluding that he had improperly treated cancer patients with unproven vaccines.

Arizona naturopathic board criticized: The Arizona Auditor General has once again reviewed the functioning of the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board, which, as of March 2014, regulated 714 naturopathic licensees. Their report concluded that the board should (a) screen applicants more carefully, (b) process complaints more quickly, and (c) improve its provision of public information.


NHMRC boss slams pharmacist over homeopathy:The boss of the NHMRC has hit out at pharmacists who continue to flog homeopathy to patients with no evidence that it works.

Aromatherapy for stress reduction in healthy adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. The review found that the number, size and quality of the RCTs are too low to draw firm conclusions.


Thousands of cancer patients are being duped into having bogus treatments: The principal aim of a new survey was to map centres across Europe prioritizing those that provide public health services and operating within the national health system in integrative oncology (IO).

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The bizarre tape that has adorned Olympic athletes: Researchers say there is 'no evidence' it works: In a review of all the scientific research so far, published in the Sports Medicine journal in February, researchers found 'little quality evidence to support the use of Kinesio tape over other types of elastic taping in the management or prevention of sports injuries'. Courses attract over 6 professional development hours.

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Gimme that time religion: the influence of the healthcare belief system of chiropractic's early leaders on the development of x-ray imaging in the profession: The founders and early pioneers of chiropractic did not benefit from the current understanding of science and research, and therefore substituted deductive and inductive reasoning to arrive at conclusions about health and disease in the human body. Some of this thinking and rationalisation demonstrably followed a religion-like pattern, including BJ Palmer's use of radiography.

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CAM for KIDS: more good than harm?: Children are in many ways more vulnerable than grown-ups and they usually cannot give fully informed consent.

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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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