Shonkies, vaccine myths, pesticides, and more…

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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

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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...]

Celebrity fact-checks, heart trouble, spectacles, and more…

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Timothy Caulfield on Elle Macpherson, anti-Vaxx nonsense, and the opportunity to engage: Celebrities can—for better or worse, but usually for the worse—help to shape the way we think about healthy lifestyles and preventative strategies. There are many, many science-free health … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding, cold cures, sepsis, and more…

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US stuns world health community by opposing breastfeedingThis is not intended as a political statement. Rather, this represents an example of a government agenda running counter to the attitude of the rest of the world. Intended mainly as an initiative to encourage … [Read more...]

Colds, flu, taxes, and much more…

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ALP commits to disclaimers for evidence-free medicine: “Adjunct Associate Professor Ken Harvey, a public health expert at Monash University, said there were many examples of ‘craziness’ in product claims made under the current regulatory framework. These included a ‘fat burner’ … [Read more...]

New regulations, veganism, conspiracy theories, and more…

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Changes to regulation of ‘low risk’ products: The ACCC is concerned that a regulatory gap may emerge for the following ‘low risk’ products if they are excluded from the TGA – ear candles, nappy rash cream, antiperspirants, hard surface disinfectants, sunscreens, … [Read more...]

Sunscreens, tea towels, nanoparticles and more…

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Do sunscreens cause cancer? Conclusion: Not good science. Plourde’s book is a cherry-picked, poorly reasoned diatribe, not a fair assessment of the scientific evidence. The bottom line: no, sunscreens don’t cause cancer; they protect against it. There are some legitimate … [Read more...]