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Latest Blog Posts for Leaving the Land of Woo

  • Is herbal medicine safe?
    on Jan 20, 2011 in frontpage
    Herbal medicine is often seen as one of the more reliable of the alt-med options and has an air of respectability about it.  We know of course that many plant extracts have been identified and purified and form the basis of pharmaceuticals so return...
  • Homeopaths still lie about malaria
    on Jan 5, 2011 in frontpage
      Homeopaths are still lying about homeopathic remedies for malaria. These charlatans should be jailed for putting lives at risk.
  • The NHS of the future?
    on Nov 4, 2010 in frontpage
    As nonsense therapies continue to creep their way into NHS hospitals, we might wonder what the hospitals of the future might looks like.  This wonderful graphic, courtesy of Crispian Jago, gives us a flavour of what we might see if the Woo merch...
  • The NHS of the future?
    on Nov 4, 2010 in frontpage
    With the casual acceptance of Woo therapies by many health administrators and even some academic institutions, there is always a pressure for them to be added to services offered by the NHS.  It is still not yet uncommon for even some doctors to...
  • Tayside advertises for homeopathic magician nurse
    on Oct 29, 2010 in frontpage
    This disgraceful advertisement is currently running.  NHS Tayside are looking for a quack nurse who specialises in the magical use of water to provide nothing better than placebo to gullible patients. Notice the phrase "you will pro...
  • Poo Woo - liver flush madness
    on Sep 20, 2010 in frontpage
    If you're of a gullible frame of mind, you may think that it makes sense to flush your liver and gall bladder to get rid of those nasty stones that accumulate there.  And if you're really up for it, you may even go along with the idea of...
  • Acupuncture trial - a travesty of science
    on Sep 10, 2010 in frontpage
    It is very common for alternative medicine to come up with trials which claim to provide evidence of efficacy but which do nothing of the kind.  They typically assume the existence of some mechanism and then go hunting for suitable supportive ev...
  • Pseudoscience creeping into academic journals
    on Sep 2, 2010 in frontpage
    Until recently, we could trust that academic scientific journals published papers from respected scientists which demonstrated a high standard of evidence and methodology.  As a result, the conclusions of these papers, often stated in cautious t...
  • Vaccine scares and alt-med Woo
    on Aug 25, 2010 in frontpage
    There are a great many people who react to campaigns urging vaccination with hostility to those who are trying to get them to act.  They are suspicious of any organisation that is trying to get them to do anything that they wouldn't do by ch...
  • Faith Healing creeps into medical journal
    on Aug 24, 2010 in frontpage
    One of the ways in which we can judge the seriousness and authenticity of scientific research is if it has been peer-reviewed and published in a reputable scientific journal.  The peers doing the reviewing uphold strict scientific standards in w...
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