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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Cochrane Reviews of Homeopathy

February 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm (Alternative Medicine, Homeopathy) (, , , , , , , , , )

Is there enough evidence in favour of homeopathy for it to be used for ADHD, asthma, or dementia? The best way to find out is probably to conduct a systematic review. Fortunately, someone has already done this for each of these conditions – and for others. Read the rest of this entry »

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Homeopathic Polls

March 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, Homeopathy) (, , , , , , , , )

This page on homeopathy shows the results of a poll into homeopathic “education”. The poll gave a list of options as follows:

As a homeopath your education is: self taught; distance learning; 1 year regular; 2 year regular; 3 year regular; 4 year regular; 5+ year regular; not a homeopath. Read the rest of this entry »

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