Article Archive for September 2006

Another meaningless paper on acupuncture
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 30 September 2006
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The BMJ published yet another inconclusive paper on acupuncture, but misrepresented it in their press release.

Homeopathic hospital to be closed
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 26 September 2006
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Congratulations to South West Kent PCT which has decided that Tunbridge Wells homeopathic hospital has no place in the 21st century medicine.

Homeopathy: Holmes, Hogwarts, and the Prince of Wales
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 26 September 2006
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Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of FASEB journal, talks straight

Waiting by the phone
By selfishgene
Posted in on 13 September 2006
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I’ve been taking the essence as instructed for 48 hours now. It cetainly hasn’t helped by apathy as claimed, but this may be more to do with spending 9 of the 10 days since I got back from holiday at work. I’m also becoming rather apathetic towards this trial; today I was supposed to receive [...]

Take two drops of the essence twice each day in a glass of water
By selfishgene
Posted in on 11 September 2006
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Right, my bottle of Bach Flower Essences “Hornbeam” arrived from the trial today along with the usage instructions. Before starting to take the essence I must first register by calling an automated telephone line and entering my ‘participant ID number’. Unfortunately I managed to get through but it wouldn’t accept my ID number; I decided [...]

Just Like Jesse James
By selfishgene
Posted in on 10 September 2006
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Probably in particualrly bad taste, but does anyone else think it ironic that the teenager killed in a recent gang-related shooting was called Jessie James? Alright the spelling is off but talk about living up to your name.

Another fantasy from the Prince of Wales
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 10 September 2006
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The prince’s unconstitutional interventions in public policy continue as he launchs an organisation called Integrated Health Associates (IHA).

Bad advice about cancer from ICON / canceractive
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 10 September 2006
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A curious web site that will sell you D-mannose and “DNA-rich” Chlorella for cancer (and, of course, take your donations).

The MHRA breaks its founding principle: it is an intellectual disgrace
By DC's IMPROBABLE SCIENCE
Posted in on 10 September 2006
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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) (an executive agency of the Department of Health) states that “We enhance and safeguard the health of the public by ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.” They have just utterly betrayed the important job with which they are charged, Latest news indicates that the Department of Health is responsible.

I have enough spirituality in my life. Do you agree or disagree?
By selfishgene
Posted in on 9 September 2006
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Right, the first step in this trial was the signup, which involved a few pages of particularly tedious questionnaires. This is where I found the first flaw in the process, you’re not allowed to take part if you’ve used the product in the last 6 months; the only control being that you say you haven’t. [...]

Bach Flower Essences
By selfishgene
Posted in on 9 September 2006
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The other reason I started this blog was to enable me to give people an idea of what happens in the “medical” trial I’ve just signed up for. Bach flower essences are marketed as
“The original Bach Flower [...]