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The Bitter Pill

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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Homeopathy Fails the Test – Again

By Loretta Marron

The National Health and Medical Research Council has found that homeopathy is no better than a placebo. It is one of many such findings around the world, but will it change anything?

Homeopathy doesn’t work. Haven’t we heard that before? Yes! Three years and $140,000 after its first report, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has reconfirmed that “evidence from research in humans does not show that homeopathy is effective”. Australia’s peak medical research body now states officially that homeopathy works no better than a placebo.

Balance Returning to Vaccination Information

By Rachael Dunlop

The Australian Vaccination Network’s status as a charitable organisation has been stripped and its web of half-truths and outright lies damned by authorities.

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Seeking the Evidence for Chinese Medicine

By Dave Hawkes

By looking for active ingredients in traditional Chinese medicines, ethnopharmacologists are finding evidence for their efficacy.

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Getting to the Bottom of Colon Cleansing

By Joanne Benhamu

Colonic cleansing has persisted as an alternative therapy for centuries despite a lack of evidence.

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A Catalyst for Better Science Journalism

By Rob Morrison

In the wake of the controversial Catalyst reports on cholesterol and statins, Rob Morrison provides a checklist for good science journalism.

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