Mushrooms, Evidence, Smart Watches, and more…

FSM News and Articles

University under fire for mushrooms claim after sponsor revealed: “An Australian university has come under fire for spruiking a study into the supposed immune-boosting powers of mushrooms – without revealing it was sponsored by a company that sells mushroom-based immune-boosters.” More … [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...]

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

FSM Friends News and Articles

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...]

Skin care, snake oil, intravenous myths, and more…

FSM Friends News & Articles

Gluten-free skin and beauty products – Extracting cash from the gullible: “Unfortunately, the known deleterious health effects of gluten in people with coeliac disease have been extrapolated into a much vaguer, as-yet scientifically unvalidated, clinical entity that supposedly a … [Read more...]

Weight-loss, chronic pain, Facebook, and more…

FSM News & Articles

CSIRO profiting from weight loss pill with no scientific backing: The pills, marketed as ‘Metabolic C12’ contain lauric acid, which has some early evidence behind it as an appetite suppressant. However, it has never been tested for weight loss. The Impromy [Read more...]

FSM Friends news & articles

Regulating fringe practitioners: “The end result of licensing practitioners who are not science-based is that fraud and pseudoscience now has the imprimatur of legitimate medicine, the public is largely confused about the true status of these practitioners, and the regulatory … [Read more...]

Shonkies, vaccine myths, pesticides, and more…

Friend’s news and articles

Alternative Therapies enter CHOICE Hall of Shame: Choice launched its Shonkies in 2006, to “call out some of the shonkiest products and companies taking advantage of Australian consumers each year”. Joining the Shonkys “Hall of Shame” this year was Pharmacare’s Bioglan [Read more...]

Vaccines, cancer, vitamin vaping, and more

General

Talking to friends and family who share dodgy stories and health claims on social media: Best to fact-check yourself before you wreck yourself.

How should we handle complementary and alternative medicine? “[…] according to the World Health Organisation nearly 100 million Europeans use … [Read more...]

Side effects of supplements, update on anti-vaxxers, “Right To Try” laws, and more…

FSM Friends news & articles:

Increase In Supplement Poisonings:

“The annual rate of dietary supplement exposures per 100,000 population increased by 46.1% during 2000–2002, decreased 8.8% during 2002–2005, and then increased again by 49.3% from 2005 to 2012. These trends were influenced by the decrease … [Read more...]