Why Write About Alternative Medicine? Part Three: Risks

February 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm (Alternative Medicine, Miscellaneous) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Another reason to write about alternative medicine: risk. Alternative therapies have associated risks that practitioners may not inform patients about. In part one of this series (here), I linked to research that found media coverage of alternative medicine to be positive (in some cases overwhelmingly so) and to lack discussion of the risks, benefits, and costs.

Given the reluctance of practitioners and journalists to tell people about the risks of CAM, I think it is worth taking some time to blog about them.

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Principle Healthcare and the Unfair Trading Regulations

July 3, 2009 at 9:17 pm (Business, Nutritionism, Principle Healthcare, Remedies, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , )

Following on from my previous post about vitamin pill entrepreneurs Principle Healthcare, I bring you details of a letter I wrote to the authorities regarding the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Some of the claims made on the website I have been investigating are staggering.# Read the rest of this entry »

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Principle Healthcare And The MHRA

July 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm (Business, Nutritionism, Principle Healthcare, Remedies, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

An amended version of my first blog post about Principle Healthcare. Read the rest of this entry »

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Natural, Herbal Products Contain Pharmaceuticals

April 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm (Bad Science, Supplements) (, , , , )


Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before, but I’ve just seen a link to yet another report of natural/herbal pills containing pharmaceuticals. Read the rest of this entry »

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More Dodgy Pills

December 24, 2008 at 7:19 pm (Alternative Medicine, Dangerously Wrong, Remedies, Supplements, Woo) (, )

Some internet-bought diet pills, unsurpisingly, have turned out to contain potentially dangerous ingredients. I referred to contaminated supplements in my post on Jeremy Piven (although these related to levels of heavy metals in herbal medicines) and now the Daily Mail have printed a story about products “promoted as ‘natural’ fat busters, claiming to be new versions of ancient remedies from Asia”. Linky. The FDA have revealed that these pills may contain high doses of an anti-obesity drug,  Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Pharma – Pill Pushers

January 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm (Alternative Medicine, Big Pharma, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Thanks to the magic of del.icio.us, I learnt from David Colquhoun’s blog that Marc-André Gagnon and Joel Lexchin have (through The Public Library of Science) published a paper1 on the ‘Pharmaceutical Promotion Expenditures in the United States’. The page is here and the PDF is here. Read the rest of this entry »

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