Tagged: Placebo

Was the Gardasil vaccine ever compared with a placebo? - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Feb 20, 2017

Gardasil was assessed in Double Blind Randomised Placebo Controlled Trials that used the fully formulated vaccine and compared it with two different placebos, the aluminium adjuvant and a saline solution. What is a placebo? A placebo is a substance as similar as possible to the active drug except it has no therapeutic effect. It does not … Read More

Vitamin D: “Silver bullet or fool’s gold?” - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Sep 21, 2012

Vitamin D has had big raps lately.  We know that low levels of it correlate with higher levels of some diseases, but does taking a supplement help?  An article in the Herald this morning by Martin Johnson nicely outlines a study  being undertaken by Professor Robert Scragg of the University of Auckland.  His is the … Continue reading » … Read More

Amber Teething Beads: A Follow-Up - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Apr 02, 2012

Over the week or so I expect the page views for my amber teething necklace post to top 20,000 over the two blogs. Interest in the article has just kept increasing over the last year or so of it being up, as opposed to the majority of my posts which slip into internet obscurity within [&hellip … Read More

The Ethics of Homeopathy - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 22, 2011

Dr Shaun Holt is no stranger to controversy, having last year laid into the Chiropractors. Now he, along with a number of other researchers, have written a letter to the New Zealand Medical Journal saying: Practicing homeopathy or endorsing it by referring patients is not consistent with the ethical or regulatory requirements of practising medicine [...] Related posts: … Read More

Is it time to integrate medical and natural health care? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 25, 2011

This is the question posed by Richard Harman, a retired mechanical engineer turned ‘healing touch’ practitioner, in the February issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand. For those unfamiliar with Kai Tiaki, it is the publication of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and is circulated to 44,000 nurses and healthcare practitioners around New Zealand. The full content … Read More

New Zealand Pharmacy Ethics in Relation to Homeopathy in the Wake of Homeopathy Report - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 24, 2010

Earlier this year I wrote a post (along with fellow Sciblogger Grant) concerning the sale of homeopathic remedies in pharmacies. Monday night saw the release of England’s Science and Technology Committee’s “Evidence Check 2″ report on Homeopathy (also ably covered by Grant). One of the issues covered by the report is that of pharmacy responsibilities [...] … Read More