A letter in today’s Irish Times bemoans a recent column on homeopathy. The column had drawn attention to a report by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council that was … Continue Reading What’s the deal with that Swiss government homeopathy report?
So, how can it be that homeopathy sometimes seems to work? Well there are a few possible explanations: The universe is broken Placebo etc. They’re cutting the stuff with real … Continue Reading The homeopathic drugs DO work. Because they’re drugs
As you can see above, this here blog caught the attention of the Irish Times yesterday, with founder skeptic Paul O’Donoghue using it as the hook for his latest column in … Continue Reading Homeopathy, vaccination, autism: Together again
People who know me personally will know that I don’t take cancer lightly (for various reasons I won’t go into here). So I am always a bit reluctant to criticize people … Continue Reading Cancer: Misinformation is a risk factor too
I recently came across this campaign for homeopathy awareness. Sounds good to me, we could certainly do with a helluva lot more awareness in this area. In fact, one of … Continue Reading I’ve decided to do my bit for homeopathy awareness…
Here is an opinion piece I wrote for in this week’s Modern Medicine magazine. The version below is the final draft prior to some very minor typographical edits. The article also … Continue Reading The costs of complementary medicine
What’s the most cited academic paper on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)? Is it an evidence-based trial demonstrating the efficacy of a particular therapy? Is it a systematic review of … Continue Reading Why is this paper still cited?
This is a slightly unusual format for a post on this blog, but I thought it was worth recording for posterity. It concerns the rather bizarre suggestion made yesterday by … Continue Reading “Racecardgate” on Storify
http://twitter.com/#!/bengoldacre/status/60028892009861120 Last week, the British market research firm YouGov published findings from a national UK opinion survey on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). While the survey focused on CAM in … Continue Reading Skeptics vs. Quacks: Who’s winning?
Perhaps few words in contemporary science have been abused as much as “quantum”. Simply put, a quantum is the minimum amount of an entity that can actually do anything. One … Continue Reading Towards a quantum Theory of Everything (including dirty dishes)
The Irish Times is the so-called “newspaper of record” in Ireland. It has a reputation for being Ireland’s leading print source of intellectual commentary and political analysis. It is widely … Continue Reading The Irish Times: Promoting homeopathy, endangering children?
Okay, I’m pretty sure that many readers will already have seen this video, presenting a depiction of a “Homeopathic A&E” (i.e., ER) by comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb. After … Continue Reading Views on the Homeopathic Emergency Room