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The Bitter Pill

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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How Charles Darwin Was Cured by Water

By John Hayman

The “water cure” relieved Charles Darwin of periods of nausea, but why didn’t it work at home?

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Darwin’s Diagnoses

By John Hayman

The father of modern biology suffered much at the hands of alternative medical practitioners.

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The Natural Logic of Health Care

By Wendy Daniels

It’s time to debunk the “natural is healthy and good and non-natural is unhealthy and bad” myth.

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Call Out the Quacks

By Tory Shepherd

Scientists often complain about the way the media treat their message, but journalists have reason to complain as well, since many scientists don’t help to get that message straight.

Tory Shepherd is the Political Editor of The Advertiser and a columnist at The Punch. She regularly writes columns exposing alternative medicine bunkum and bogus health claims.

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Too Open to Ideas?

By Matthew Browne

Why do intelligent people believe incredible things? Psychological studies suggest that the answer may lie in personality type rather than any measure of intelligence.

Dr Matthew Browne is a Lecturer in Psychology at CQUniversity and a biostatistician at the Institute for Health and Social Science Research.

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