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Alternatives to Evidence Based Medicine

Medical scientists and particular the disciples of Scientism are fond of asserting that the only real Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is the randomised clinical trial where a medicine is compared with a control (placebo). I've long been of the position that RCTs have their limitations, particularly because they exclude the effects of the consultation itself, [...]

By | 2016-07-20T11:44:58+00:00 July 20th, 2016|Current Affairs|0 Comments

Sceptics, skeptics, Homeopathy and ‘soft targets’

An article in the latest edition of that very non-treehugging journal Scientfic American by a self-confessed skeptic (spelled with a 'k' because he's American and with an 's' very deliberately in lower case for reasons he makes clear), John Horgan, shows how self-styled 'sceptics' specifically attack 'soft targets' such as homeopathy (which he mentions specifically) while [...]

By | 2016-05-18T14:36:33+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Current Affairs, Homeopathy|11 Comments

Anti-Depressives: Some rather depressing news

I've never liked the word 'depression'. The Victorians referred more accurately to chronic sadness as 'melancholia'. Psychiatry has struggled for decades to find a chemical solution by which to 'treat the brain' in order to alleviate this awful problem.  Success has been hard to come by and both the psychoanalytic school of thought and the anti-psychiatry [...]

By | 2016-02-04T16:21:44+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Current Affairs, Health, Psychotherapy|9 Comments

Nice one NICE !

An exceptional review by NICE concludes that ‘healthy women with straightforward pregnancies are safer giving birth at home or in a midwife-led unit than in a hospital under the supervision of an obstetrician.’ This triggers a huge debate in the US.

By | 2015-06-07T13:54:37+00:00 June 7th, 2015|Current Affairs|1 Comment