Tagged: Alternative

What we owe our pets - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Mar 22, 2018

I recently complained about a vet promoting quackery in the Bay of Plenty Times. In response to my complaint, the editor agreed to publish a response I wrote, regarding what we owe our pets. Now that it’s been up for a little while, I’m also publishing it here on my blog. The Bay of Plenty Times recently … Read More

How the Medical Profession Supports Alternative Medicine - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 29, 2015

One of the things we often hear from proponents of alternative medicine is that they like alternative practitioners because of their holistic approach – and some of the bloggers here have previously countered by saying that medical practitioners do the same. For example, I feel that my GP takes a holistic approach to my health – he is happy to … Read More

Modern Medicine & Family Histories - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Dec 29, 2013

Modern medical treatments, including vaccines, have helped extend life expectancies and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of disease. This fact is sometimes missed by those who oppose vaccines, criticise modern medicine and promote dubious “alternative” therapies. One reason for not seeing the benefits of modern medicine is that we take much of it for granted, and seldom … Read More

Alternative bioinformatics - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 04, 2013

There’s alternative ‘medicine’, then there’s alternative bioinformatics. Those who aren’t computational biologists / bioinformaticists should proceed no further. You really won’t get these, they’re way too in-house. You really need do to know something of the tools to make sense of them. But that’s also the beauty of it. I’ve just selected a … Read More

The Dangerous Untruths* used by "Alternative" Medicine – part 1 - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 17, 2013

After reading the materials produced by purveyors of, and believers in, “alternative” medicine you start to recognise common untrue statements which are repeated again and again, until they are accepted by believers as undeniable truths. Such beliefs are reinforced when alternative communities close themselves off from opposing views online by banning those who challenge these views from various fora or … Read More

New Zealand’s Own ‘Journal’ of Natural Nuttiness - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 09, 2013

While browsing at the bookshop today I came across the self styled New Zealand “Journal” of Natural Medicine, one of the most concentrated examples of quackery promotion that I have ever seen. Articles include: Eczema and the Homeopathic “Direction of Cure” The End of Antibiotics and the rise of Iodine as an effective Alternative DNA can be Reprogrammed by Words … Read More

North & South feature on Alternative Medicine - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 15, 2012

This week North & South magazine take on alternative medicine in thirteen pages of very thorough and well written articles. I can highly recommend it. I won’t repeat everything covered in the articles but very much appreciated the following quotes, originally from the book “Snake Oil and Other Preoccupations” by John Diamond. “It’s easy for the well-fed metropolitan with time … 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

What is "Complementary and Alternative Medicine"? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Mar 31, 2012

In Australia, the Friends of Science in Medicine have issued a challenge to Australian tertiary institutions to stop “offering courses in the health care sciences tat are not underpinned by sound scientific evidence“. This challenge, aimed specifically at tertiary organisations teaching what are commonly referred to as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), has drawn strong reaction from those who … Read More

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