Germany’s ‘alternative’ clinics offer false hope to cancer patients like Leah Bracknell

It was reported last week that the ex-Emmerdale actress, Leah Bracknell, has started a campaign to raise funds for alternative…

Stuck in a tedious debate with a homeopath? Here’s how to settle it

As soon as I write something critical about homeopathy, some people start claiming that I am biased. And as soon…

Acupuncture ‘helps women fall pregnant’: the Sun has got this badly wrong

Does acupuncture help women get pregnant? According to a recent article in the Sun online, the answer to this question…

Why that study about alternative therapies relieving pain is worthless

The press release by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was unashamedly positive: A review of evidence from clinical trials…

Iridology: Prince Charles may like it, but the evidence shows it’s bogus

Ignaz von Peczely (1826-1911) was a Hungarian physician who entered the history books for one of the most bizarre ideas in…

Eight slogans that quacks love to use: if you hear these, find a proper doctor

In the first of this two-part article, I discussed six popular tricks of the quackery trade. Some readers pointed out…

Cupping is making a comeback. But does it actually work?

You may have noticed that several Olympic athletes are covered in bruises. No, these are not minor injuries obtained during…

Six signs you are being treated by a quack

The term ‘quack’ is often employed as a disrespectful description for clinicians, particularly those who are unskilled, ignorant, dishonest and…

When will pharmacists stop selling bogus medicines?

Occasionally, pharmacists invite me to give a lecture about alternative medicine. The aspect I am always keen to debate with…

Andrea Leadsom and massaging babies’ brains: a theory from the lunatic fringe

In her Tory leadership pitch Andrea Leadsom ‘ended up talking about how important it was to massage the prefrontal cortex…

Are all alternative therapies useless? Not quite. Here are three that work

In my last article I stated that alternative treatments are therapies that either have not been proven to work or…

Shiatsu: the best thing since sliced bread, or total flimflam?

Alternative medicine comprises a myriad of treatments which have little in common other than not being accepted by conventional medicine.…

Noel Edmonds thinks his odd machine cures cancer. This is old mumbo-jumbo

Noel Edmonds has been all over the UK media in the last few days — not because of his quiz…

The internet is full of nonsense ‘cures’ for cancer. Don’t be taken in

When given a diagnosis of cancer, most people understandably go into some sort of mental shock. The prospect of many…

Homeopathy fans are angry. Here is what the fuss is about

When I look at the comments to my last two posts about homeopathy, I begin to worry about the sanity…

Homeopathy trials can be positive — the reason why is bad news for homeopaths

Whenever I write about the subject of homeopathy, I am sure to get a flurry of ad hominem attacks. They…

I used to think homeopathy was helpful. Now I’m a critic. So what happened?

As a young doctor, almost 40 years ago, I worked for several months in a homeopathic hospital. This experience impressed…

Prince Charles’s ideas about medicine may seriously harm your health

We tend to think of alternative medicine as a colourful array of therapeutic methods. However, this ignores the fact that…