An open letter, mockery, bans, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

An open letter to Alternative Medicine: “In reality, it feels like you are often simply exploiting people, Alternative Medicine. You are leveraging significant, systemic health-care issues in order to sell unproven (and often potentially harmful) stuff to people who … [Read more...]

Fines, hangovers, safety, and more…

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TGA fines Chemist Warehouse: Several discount chemists were fined recently for advertising products that were deregistered from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods – namely, weight loss pills ‘Fatblaster’ and ‘Fatblaster Clinical’. Current law dictates that a cancelled therapeutic good cannot … [Read more...]

V-gasms, covid-quacks, flu, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

“V-gasm”? A confused anti-vaxxer likens COVID-19 vaccines to sex and religion: “Of course, anti-vaxxers have long tried to liken the science that shows that vaccines work and are safe and effective to religion, even as they try to weaponize religion … [Read more...]

Sunscreens, advertising, cures, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

Ad-Conned: A critical look at CASPer: “Admissions committees are being sold the idea of an objective tool that will increase the fairness of the admissions process – not the reality. There is nothing objective or fair about a computerized … [Read more...]

Full body checks, honesty, cells, and more…

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Weighing up the potential benefits and harms of comprehensive full body health checks: Full-body health screening is becoming more widely available – but there are some unexpected risks of the ‘worried well’ undergoing a battery of tests. Undergoing the tests right cause you … [Read more...]

Brazil, scams, tracers, and more…

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“We failed” – one scientist’s despair as Brazil COVID-19 deaths hit 100,000: Public health policy is no place for easy answers and equivocation. It requires competence, decisiveness, communication, and most of all strong leadership. As Brazil passes 100k COVID-19 … [Read more...]

Potential harm, actual nonsense, riot-acts, and more…

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Natural cold and flu busters unlikely to do the trick but could do harmProfessor Geraldine Moses works as a clinical pharmacist at Mater Health Services in Brisbane, and holds a position with the University of Queensland’s School of Pharmacy. … [Read more...]

Post-truth, vitamin D, acupuncture, and more…

FSM Friends’ News and Articles

To win the fight against health and wellness bunk, we must leave the post-truth era in the past: Fighting misinformation spread through social media can lead to people becoming entrenched in their views, which can lead to the view that … [Read more...]

Trials, bleach, superspreaders, and more…

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Loretta Marron reviews “Don’t believe what you think” by Edzard Ernst: Edzard Ernst’s new book addresses commonly held beliefs about ‘so-called complementary medicines (SCAM)’, and can act as a useful guide to making better healthcare choices and improving your critical … [Read more...]