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Medicine, Homeopathy and Vaccination

The national newspapers today are both unanimous and venomous in attacking homeopathy. Most articles conflated (in my opinion deliberately) two separate issues: The extremely damaging effects (to both individuals and society in general) of homeopaths dissuading parents from having their children receive the normal vaccinations universally recommended by all health authorities. Homeopathy is apparently no [...]

By | 2019-10-28T11:48:57+00:00 October 28th, 2019|Current Affairs, Homeopathy|Comments Off on Medicine, Homeopathy and Vaccination

Royal Honour for Homeopathy

Homeopathic Doctors honoured by Royal Patronage The Faculty of Homeopathy, a global association representing doctors, dentists, pharmacists (and selected regulated health professionals) trained in homeopathy was delighted and honoured to receive the patronage of Prince Charles this week. The future monarch, a member of a family that has used and supported homeopathy since its inception [...]

By | 2019-08-04T14:03:09+00:00 June 29th, 2019|Current Affairs, Health|1 Comment

Heal, treat or cure: Not a case of ‘either or’.

Film Review: H E A L  Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80220013 Netflix are to be commended on making a positive and life-affirming film on the power of the holistic or whole person approach in medicine. In this well-made documentary, luminaries such as Deepak Chopra make an excellent case for the body/mind/spirit, whole person approach in its various forms. [...]

By | 2019-03-16T18:10:44+00:00 March 16th, 2019|Current Affairs, Health|Comments Off on Heal, treat or cure: Not a case of ‘either or’.

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|Comments Off on Alternatives to Evidence Based Medicine

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|Comments Off on Sceptics, skeptics, Homeopathy and ‘soft targets’

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|Comments Off on Anti-Depressives: Some rather depressing news

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|Comments Off on Nice one NICE !