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The Bitter Pill

“Alternative” Is Not a Compliment

By Sue Ieraci

There is no such thing as “CAM”, only medicine, complementary therapy and scam.

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Stepping out of the Dental Dark Ages

By Michael Foley

Water fluoridation has been one of the country’s most effective public health measures, but parts of Australia don’t have that benefit and may even strongly resist it. Why?

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What’s the Evidence, Ms Kardashian?

By Lauren Giorgio

It is disturbingly common to find celebrities paid to spruik alternative treatments, medicines and practices that science has already shown are ineffective – or worse.

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Why Do We Pay Parents Who Won’t Vaccinate their Kids?

By Peter Speck

The federal government wrestles with the cost of health care for Australians, so isn’t it time they stopped paying parents not to vaccinate their children?

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Evidence for Acupuncture: What Do Scientific Studies Show?

By Harriet Hall

Advocates of acupuncture claim that it has been proven effective by scientific studies. Critics claim that it is only a placebo. They can’t both be right.

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Everything You’ve Heard about Acupuncture Is Wrong

By Harriet Hall

Acupuncture is often cited as an effective alternative method of treating a range of ailments, but few people are aware of the origins, philosophies and contradictions involved.

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Is Evidence-based Medicine in Palliative Care Doing More Harm than Good?

By Friends of Science in Medicine

Stringent regulations govern what is administered to us in the prime of our lives, but different values seem to apply when it comes to the terminally ill and the dying.

Vitamins: Perception versus Reality

By Louis Roller

Which vitamins are backed by scientific evidence and which don’t live up to the hype?

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A Pharmacist’s View of the “Natural” Route to Health

By Ian Carr

A growing tendency to sell and even promote alternative remedies and “natural” supplements is putting the reputation of pharmacists at risk, and adding to the burgeoning health costs of the nation.

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Needless Treatment of Pets

By Tanya Stephens

The emergence of complementary and alternative medicine in veterinary clinics is a serious threat to animal welfare and the reputation of veterinarians.

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