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Natural Health Bill a bitter pill – Julia Rucklidge

John Kerr posted in on June 22nd, 2016.

Writing in the New Zealand Herald, University of Canterbury Clinical psychologist Prof Julia Rucklidge outlines her concerns over legislation to control natural health products. An except (read in full here): Julia Rucklidge: Natural Health Bill a bitter pill for nutrient sector Mental illness is on the rise. Figures reveal crisis referrals from 2010 to 2015 have […]

Should doctors recommend homeopathy? – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 15th, 2015.

In a head-to-head debate article in this week’s BMJ, UK academics argue the case for and against doctors recommending homeopathic products to their patients. Dr Peter Fisher, Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, says the research to date shows some evidence of benefit and claims recent reviews — such as […]

Untested cancer treatments – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on December 4th, 2014.

Recent claims that certain plant-derived chemicals can fight cancer are not backed up by the evidence, says a natural remedies expert. The SMC collected the following expert commentary regarding the coverage of salvestrol compounds linked above. Feel free to use these quotes in your reporting. If you would like to contact a New Zealand expert, […]

CAM therapies associated with adverse events in children

Peter Griffin posted in on January 10th, 2011.

A paper published recently in the Archives of Disease in Childhood has shown that the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for children may not be as harmless as many think. The paper, which looked at CAM-associated adverse events in Australia between January 2001 and December 2003, found 39 adverse events: among them, 64% […]

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