Tagged: CAM

A Sceptical Guide to DHB Voting - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Sep 30, 2016

I’ve looked into this year’s district health board candidates to help you keep quacks off your DHB this election. Unless you live in Southland, this year you probably get to vote for several spots on your local district health board. With the move to DHBs making decisions about water fluoridation, there’s a danger that some of … Read More

TCM and You: Cupping - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 04, 2012

I have noticed that Chinese massage seems to be becoming popular, and seemingly with it Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM1). At least browsing through two of the larger shopping centres in Hamilton (bring on the hick jokes) I saw massage centres offering these services. In particular cupping was advertised. But what exactly is cupping2? As with [&hellip … Read More

TOSP Episode 18: January 23rd 2012 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 24, 2012

Hello and welcome, once again, to another episode of TOSP. This week was anniversary weekend in Wellington, so Elf and aimee recorded the ‘cast on Monday instead of Sunday.  Because it was, well, a long weekend 🙂 And what an interesting ‘cast we think it is!  This week, we feature viewing the Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole, … Read More

Most Natural Remedies Implausible & Unevidenced - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jan 16, 2012

The Christchurch Press this morning contained a story describing research done by Professor Shaun Holt and his colleagues Sarah Jefferies and Andrew Gilbey examining the (lack of) effectiveness of various natural remedies. Most of us will be familiar with various advertisements for deer velvet, propolis, magnetic therapies and lemon detox diets that appear on tv from time to time, … Read More

Breaking News!: Have Constipation? Moxibustion Won’t Help! - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Dec 06, 2011

What’s Moxibustion, And why would you want to use it for constipation? The first I can answer, the second…not so much. Moxibustion is the practice of burning ground up mugwort and applying the smouldering plant indirectly or directly to the skin to alleviate illness. In the indirect method acupuncture needles are inserted and the burning … Read More

On homeopathics, and physics - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 12, 2011

After a somewhat extended sojourn, I have returned, once more, unto the breach.  Dear friends. Just a brief one today, as I find my stride again, comprised of two bits. ————————- First up!  Homeopathy.  As y’all may have realised, I am most certainly not one of its proponents.  Anything but, in fact (which reminds me, I have some very interesting … Read More

Vitamin C on TV - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 16, 2010

By Michael Edmonds Last night 60 Minutes ran another piece on intravenous vitamin C, presenting several cases where high dosage intravenous vitamin C appears to have had phenomenal effects in treating severe illness. Now we all know that correlation is not causation and science isn’t based on anecdotes, but I suspect that many New Zealanders will soon be … Read More