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Sorry, alternative health people: feeling better after a therapy is no proof it works

For more than two decades, I have been in regular contact with practitioners of this or that alternative therapy. Whenever…

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…

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…

Say no to the needle: why acupuncture just isn’t worth trying

It’s Acupuncture Awareness Week! According to the British Acupuncture Council, this event ‘aims to help better inform people about the…