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…

Herbal remedies may make you ill. Here is how to avoid the dangers

Thinking of consulting a traditional herbal practitioner? In the UK, herbalists come in numerous guises depending what tradition they belong to:…

‘Integrated medicine’ is quackery hitting the mainstream

Anyone with an interest in alternative medicine will have come across the term ‘integrated medicine’ (or ‘integrative medicine’ in the…

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…

The evidence shows that chiropractors do more harm than good

In several hundred cases patients have been seriously and often permanently damaged

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

A cure for what ails you?

I’d better declare a conflict of interest straight away: I am rather taken by anything to do with garlic, have…