Labelling, implausibilities, flu, and more…

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Food labelling: When is a medicine not a medicine? “Complementary medicines listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) are generally assessed for quality and safety, but not efficacy. Restrictions also apply when advertising … [Read more...]

Cupping, cherry picking, braking, and more…

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Natural cold and flu busters unlikely to do the trick but could do harm: Turmeric, another popular supplement – “it’s in bloody tea and coffee now,” says Professor Moses – is also a blood thinner. High doses of turmeric combined with … [Read more...]

Ticks, snakes, tetanus, and more…

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Chronic Lyme disease: Fake diagnosis, not fake disease. The term “fake diagnosis” or “quack diagnosis”, however, directs the charge of fakery right where it belongs, at the quacks making the bogus diagnosis. The symptoms these patients experience are real. … [Read more...]

False Balance, Fruit Juice, Over-hyped claims and more…

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False balance on vaccines in Portland, courtesy of KATU and Genevieve Reaume: “When it comes to conspiracy theory-based movements like the antivax movement, facts don’t matter, and presenting antivaccine pseudoscience side-by-side with science does falsely elevate the pseudoscience, no matter … [Read more...]

George Clooney, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Cheese and more…

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Does traditional Chinese medicine have a place in the health system?: “The resurgence of interest in traditional Chinese healing in Australia, along with other alternative medicines, is due to rising discontent with conventional medicine; a preference for natural (or gentler) alternatives … [Read more...]

Science advocacy, Lyme disease, The Brady Bunch, and more…

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Timothy Caulfield: Are we enabling harmful wellness woo?  “In this age of misinformation, fake news and twisted science, we need a stronger and less equivocal response to misinformation and unproven healthcare practices. Can we blame people for believing science-free nonsense … [Read more...]

Healthy food, celebrity fraud, concussion, and more…

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Where food meets medicine – reform needed: “…the regulation of health claims for foods and therapeutic goods is inconsistent; complaint systems are inadequate, no effective penalties are applied for documented breaches of the law, and questionable (and potentially dangerous products) are … [Read more...]