Hormones, failures, absurdities, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Acupuncture a ‘realistic option’ vs HRT for hot flushes (or is it?): Comment from Prof Alastair MacLennan about the linked article. He says, “Menopause and its common symptom, hot flushes, is often targeted by alternative therapists with a variety of … [Read more...]

Guidelines, autism, HRT, and more…

FSM News and Articles

Health professionals and complementary therapies: what can consumers reasonably expect? The Medical Board of Australia is developing guidelines for the use of complementary therapies by health practitioners. Under standard guidelines, recommending complementary therapies might constitute unprofessional conduct, as these therapies … [Read more...]

Bent Spoons, a cautionary tale, missing ethics, and more…

FSM News & Articles

Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel (NTREAP) 2019-20: On 7 April 2019, the Minister for Health announced an updated review of natural therapies… Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) has nominated our President, Assoc Prof Ken Harvey, for membership of … [Read more...]

Insurance, legal errors, rewards, and more…

FSM News & Articles

Reform Calls: Private health insurance at the crossroads: There is a plethora of data from other countries supporting primary care strategies that reduce hospital admissions for medical problems. The $11 billion of support for PHI should be steadily diverted to pay … [Read more...]

Truth in labelling, alt-med failures, legislative challenges, and more…

FSM Friends news & articles

CHOICE campaign urges Senate to support truthful labelling on health benefits of supplement: “If a bottle of vitamins in the chemist says it supports heart health or provides relief from anxiety, you should be able to trust those claims. But … [Read more...]

Acupuncture failures, vaccine myths, science denialism, and more…

FSM Friends news & articles

Acupuncture and the placebo problem:   “When the advocates of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) push back against critics, they often point to the big CAM “successes.” The argument usually goes as follows: the heartless science-informed cynics have long said acupuncture … [Read more...]

Acupuncture letter to President, Hungarian Academy of Science

Zsolt Boldogkői, head of the Department of Medical Biology at the University of Szeged, lamented TCM’s growing influence in the country in an open letter to the president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. “Acupuncture is based on pseudoscience and a technique unsuitable for medical … [Read more...]

Whistleblowers, deadly quackery, clinical trials, and more…

 

FSM Friends news & articles

Doctors attack alternative medicine: A group of doctors have called for their ruling body to ban doctors using their professional titles when offering alternative medicines such as homeopathy, acupuncture and the skin rejuvenation treatment mesotherapy.

The naturopath whistleblower: ‘It [Read more...]