News: 06-12 Feb 2017

Sorry, alternative health people: feeling better after a therapy is no proof it works: Every day, alternative health practitioners see patients who improve after receiving their treatment and feel it is wrong to doubt their experience. For them, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Herbal supplements should be tested for safety, researchers say, questioning quality of drugs: Medical experts have called for vitamins and supplements sold in Australia to be independently tested, saying many people could be unwittingly causing themselves harm.

China promotes traditional medicine to combat AIDS: The promotion of TCM is part of a five-year plan from the State Council, China’s cabinet, to tackle HIV/AIDS.

Ouch! The drugs don’t work for back pain, but here’s what does: treating it seems very difficult. Backing up a 2015 study showing paracetamol is ineffective for back pain, our latest research shows non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Nurofen and Voltaren, provide minimal benefits and high risk of side effects.

Nothing “traditional” about acupuncture: Dr Sue Ieraci: Is acupuncture the last bastion of acceptable placebo use in Australian medicine?

VIDEO: Kickbacks scandal rocks pharmacy industry: Trusted pharmacists claim they are being pressured to upsell certain products to get kickbacks from supplement companies.

PHARMACY LAMBASTED FOR CM ‘KICKBACK SCANDAL’: A Channel Nine news story has slammed pharmacy for complementary medicine “kickbacks,” but Guild says the story only referred to unremarkable commercial arrangements.

Re-thinking Antioxidant Supplementation for Macular Degeneration: After the AREDS trial, people with moderate to severe age-related macular degeneration were advised to take dietary supplements to slow the progression of the disease. But some experts say the trial actually showed supplements don’t work, and might even make some patients worse.

Homeopathy sells dangerous lies to patients: There is an epidemic of false cures being sold to sick Australians. But it’s not an underground black-market trade. It’s a certified, rubber-stamped official practice. It is enshrined in government policies, codified in professional code of conducts, funded with our taxes and sold by pharmacists. An intricate web of lies protects the pernicious practice of homeopathy in Australia.