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The debate about homeopathy is over. These verdicts prove it

I have made my views on homeopathy clear on many occasions — actually, I don’t see them as ‘views’ but…

Why debates with alternative health gurus so often turn ugly

‘They would say that, wouldn’t they?’ This bon mot has been attributed, not entirely correctly, to Mandy Rice-Davies giving witness…

Prince Charles’s homeopathy for cows: the Royal Society cannot stay silent

The antibiotics crisis is one of the urgent issues of our time and great attention should be paid to any…

Andrew Wakefield

Homeopaths are keeping Andrew Wakefield’s ‘anti-vax’ fantasies alive

The ex-doctor Andrew Wakefield is back in Britain. Why do I call him an ‘ex-doctor’? As was widely reported at…

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A guide to DIY homeopathy might seem amusing. Actually it’s terrifying

The National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) claims to be the ‘go-to resource for all who are interested in learning about…

North Korean wonder drug

From cow urine to a North Korean wonder drug: the weirdest alternative health stories of 2016

Picking out the highlights in alternative medicine in 2016 got me thinking for quite a while. There have been many…

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…

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…

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…

The war on homeopathy isn’t working. We need to call a truce

Disclaimer: I am not a believer in homeopathy, but I am rather partial to the remedies because I love the…

Placebo pills: safe only insofar as they contain no active substance

A little goes a long way, that’s if it works at all

Homeopathy divides people into those who are credulous enough to believe in it and everyone else, says Professor Edzard Ernst

Warning: Your ‘herbal’ medicines may not contain herbs

An investigation carried out by University College London and the BBC has found that herbal food supplements are often misleadingly…

Acupuncture: how its supporters move the goalposts

I’ve always been suspicious of acupuncture. I had it once, and although the needles didn’t bother me the garbage being…

Woman dies from measles in America. Take a bow, anti-vaxxers

This article from Slate reports that a woman in Washington State has died from measles – the first death from…

Pharmacies should ‘strip homeopathy from their shelves’, says Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Professor Jayne Lawrence FFRPS FRPharmS, Chief Scientist of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, is unlikely to be invited to dinner at Highgrove any…