Quackery, politics, therapy, and more…

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China is forcing people to use Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) quackery to treat COVID-19: “The Chinese government promotes TCM (which is big business in China, both domestically and as an export business) by passing laws to promote TCM by … [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...]

Criminalising, probiotics, masks, and more…

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Paying the price for questioning Traditional Chinese Medicine – Beware! If scientists were fearful of a clinical trial’s producing negative results, would they even pursue it? A draft Chinese regulation issued in late May aims to criminalise individual scientists and organisations … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Conspiracies, ticks, 5G, and more…

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Coronavirus – Social media users more likely to believe conspiracies“Some 60% of those who believe that COVID-19 symptoms were linked to 5G radiation said that much of their information on the virus came from YouTube – while of those who believed that … [Read more...]

Pain, silence, lessons, and more…

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Most people don’t realise long-term opioid use can make pain worse, research finds: As more and more is learned about the opioid crisis, it is also becoming clear that many patients are unaware of side effects, and may not realise … [Read more...]

Denialism, defamation, retractions, and more…

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World Health Organization and Beijing – an unhealthy partnership? Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be a source of useful drug compounds, but to treat all TCM as efficacious and safe is incredibly dangerous. In this time of COVID-19, many believe the … [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...]

Masks, antibiotics, scams, and more…

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Do masks work?  “So here, then, is my bottom line. Sure, wear face masks whenever you are out in public or have to be exposed to other people – but wear the mask properly, don’t touch or adjust it, don’t … [Read more...]