/2009

Acupuncture works! But still they whine about ‘theatrical placebo’…

In a strangely incoherent article in The Mail yesterday, the journalist, Daniel Martin, epitomises the current confusion about alternative medicine that reigns in the UK and its NHS. This time it's acupuncture that gets it in the neck - or perhaps in the back as the article speaks a lot about back pain. Calling acupuncture [...]

By | 2009-05-26T12:12:17+01:00 May 26th, 2009|Health|Comments Off on Acupuncture works! But still they whine about ‘theatrical placebo’…

Today is Duck Day!

The Daily Telegraph, Front page 21.05.2009 Scanning through the front pages of the newspapers today, I came across something refreshing and extraordinary – a gorgeous picture of a duck’s head on the front page of The Daily Telegraph. Now apparently this is all about the ‘revelation’ that an MP claimed expenses concerning a 'duck house'. [...]

By | 2009-05-21T18:49:04+01:00 May 21st, 2009|Current Affairs, Musings|1 Comment

Why eminent doctors accuse CAM practitioners of lying to their patients.

In my last post I promised to give my view of why eminent physicians have grossly insulted practitioners of CAM by accusing them of lying to their patients. For example: Prof. David Colquhoun:  Under the heading The Lying Dilemma "To maximise the benefit of alternative medicine, it is necessary to lie to the patient as [...]

By | 2009-05-10T17:37:11+01:00 May 10th, 2009|Homeopathy|Comments Off on Why eminent doctors accuse CAM practitioners of lying to their patients.

New Debate at Guy’s Hospital on Tuesday 28th April

Debate at Guy’s Hospital Date: Tuesday 28 Apr 09 Time: 6pm Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy's Hospital Motion: ‘This house believes that complementary and alternative therapies do more harm than good.' Here we go again… Another debate in which the motion aims to hammer complementary, alternative, holistic or integrated medicine into the [...]

By | 2009-04-26T15:40:25+01:00 April 26th, 2009|Homeopathy|Comments Off on New Debate at Guy’s Hospital on Tuesday 28th April

The Pie Man Cometh!

Welcome to my new column The Pie Man Strikes Again! Now what has a Pie Man got to do with medicine? What has a Pie Man got to do with the holy grail of evidence-based medicine? Allow me to explain... There are some doctors around today so eminent that I've dubbed them Physicians of the [...]

By | 2009-03-18T15:53:56+01:00 March 18th, 2009|The Pie Man Strikes!|Comments Off on The Pie Man Cometh!

Homeopathy, Cost-effectiveness and the NHS

2008 was perhaps the Year of The Disciples of Scientism. Journalists such as Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre laid into homeopathy and complimentary medicine with savage enthusiasm. Doctors such as David Colquhoun and Edzard Ernst were often quoted in the media and held up as exemplars of our 'evidence-based society'. I made the point that [...]

By | 2009-03-10T00:11:42+01:00 March 10th, 2009|Homeopathy|Comments Off on Homeopathy, Cost-effectiveness and the NHS