Cancer, climate change, sweeteners, and more…

Friends’ News and Articles

Contrary to what we are frequently told, we are not “losing the war on cancer” (2020 edition): With improved cancer prevention, cancer detection, and improved cancer treatment, the mortality rate has been dropping steadily for decades. However with both the medical … [Read more...]

Zaps, climate change, gene-editing, and more…

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Can a few zaps a day keep the pain away? It seems like a great idea, but the evidence base for transcutaneous electric neuronal stimulation (TENS) for relief of chronic pain is severely lacking. Complaints made to the TGA that these … [Read more...]

Mushrooms, Evidence, Smart Watches, and more…

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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...]

Measles, colons, and 3D printing…

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Measles deaths surge worldwide thanks to poverty and anti-vaccine propaganda: “Measles is almost completely preventable, and it really could be eliminated from the Earth just as smallpox was decades ago. All that is needed is money and the political will … [Read more...]

Pharmacy friction, trust, measles, and more…

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What do consumers think about homeopathic remedies? “Homeopathy is a good example of the friction between the profession of pharmacy, and the business of pharmacy. Pharmacists are health care professionals, but pharmacies sell lots of nonsense that isn’t evidence based … [Read more...]

Paracetamol, measles, probiotics, and more…

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Expert reaction to study looking at paracetamol in pregnancy and autism, ADHD and other developmental disabilities in children: Another lesson dealing with research and media reporting. There is a growing body of work that taking paracetamol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy leads to development of ADHD … [Read more...]

Hormones, failures, absurdities, and more…

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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...]

The Berlin Wall, Pete Evans, supermarkets, and more…

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The Queen’s pharmacist is criticised for selling powdered Berlin Wall as a miracle cure for relationship troubles: With the concepts of ‘like cures like’ and ‘make it weaker to make it stronger’, there truly is nothing that is too … [Read more...]

Measles, CMV, meningococcal, and more…

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‘The course is making money’ – University to drop Chinese medicine degree: “It’s a historical tradition that pre-dated the scientific era… There’s nothing wrong with looking at that using modern scientific techniques. The problem is people don’t, they tend to teach … [Read more...]