Tagged: Alternative medicine

Osmosis Skincare’s Drinkable Sunscreen Trial - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Aug 10, 2014

If you haven’t already read my post about Osmosis Skincare’s Drinkable Sunscreen, you might want to do that before you read this one. A brief overview is that Osmosis Skincare claims drinking their “harmonized water” prevents sunburn. I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that this claim wasn’t backed up by evidence and the complaint […] … Read More

ASA Complaint: Osmosis Skincare’s Drinkable Sunscreen - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Jul 28, 2014

In May this year, One News ran a story on a US skincare company releasing what it was calling “drinkable sunscreen”. Around the world, various sceptical websites also picked up the story, such as Doubtful News and Neurological Blog. The message was roughly that a “drinkable sunscreen” is a cool idea that isn’t entirely implausible, […] … Read More

July 2014 Auckland Skeptics in the Pub - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Jul 14, 2014

Every month there’s a meetup at Juice Bar in Parnell, Auckland, of the Auckland Skeptics in the Pub group. This month, I was asked to be the speaker. The topic of my talk was the regulation surrounding medical advertisements in New Zealand, and what can be done by members of the public to counteract some […] … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice and Homeopathic NO-JET-LAG - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Jul 03, 2014

Pharmacies are an integral part of the healthcare industry. They provide a valuable decoupling between the doctor you see for an examination and potentially a prescription, and the institution that stands to profit from the medicine you pay for. Without this separation, there’s the potential for a conflict of interest where the physician examining you […] … Read More

ACC and Alternative Medicine - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna May 24, 2014

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is part of the healthcare system in New Zealand. To quote themselves on their purpose, they provide “comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand”. To put it simply, if you hurt yourself in an accident in New Zealand, ACC will likely pay […] … Read More

Homeopathy and Anecdotes - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Apr 22, 2014

In the Herald today, a letter to the editor from a Mr Barry Davis was published regarding an article about a recent scientific report on the evidence regarding homeopathy published by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council: Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Clinical Conditions: Evaluation of the Evidence The report evaluated the evidence regarding […] … Read More

Press Complaints Commission upholds homeopaths complaint - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 16, 2013

Tauranga homeopath Clive Stuart has had part of his complaint against an article on homeopathy (Homeopathy – Trick or Treatment?) published in the July 2012 edition of North & South, upheld by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC)*. While the PCC did not agree with his complaint that balance needed to be numerically equivalent (there were quotes from two … Read More

Is Modern Medicine Killing You? – Episode 1 - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 03, 2012

Well I have just watched the first episode of “Is Modern Medicine Killing You?” on TV 1 and it certainly could have been worse. There are a few concerns that I have about the show but all in all it was quite interesting. This week we met two patients, suffering from different conditions, for which they had had little success … Read More