Category Archives: Natural Therapies

ABC 4-Corners Swallowing It: How Australians are spending billions on unproven vitamins and supplements.

http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2017/02/13/4616948.htm FEATURE: What’s the evidence supporting the use of Australia’s favourite supplements? | ABC Health & Science | 13 Feb 2017 – http://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2017-02-13/a-closer-look-at-australias-most-popular-supplements/8265840 STUDY Is your pharmacist giving you the right advice? We put pharmacists to the test – what do … Continue reading

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Australian Skeptics National Convention; Skepticamp; TGA Consultation

  http://convention.skeptics.com.au/  2016 Australian Skeptic of the Year: Jointly awarded to Mal Vickers and Ken Harvey for their continued and determined efforts which have made a significant impact on exposing malpractice in the chiropractic industry and its governing bodies. Two talks: … Continue reading

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TGA has lost trust on CMS: Harvey

“a market flooded with shonky products and unethical claims” Open debate needed for TGA to regain trust   TGA has lost trust on CMs: Harvey

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Complaint by Complementary Medicines Australia

See also: Inside the complementary medicine lobby’s bid to oust Dr Ken Harvey Health academic defends flooding regulator with complaints about alternative therapies CAM industry targets anti-quackery campaigner An overview of the Monash University course complained about can be found … Continue reading

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AMI begat MWI begat AMHC begat ACTIVATE

Here we go again; Geoff Jowett (now M&CO Consulting Pty Ltd) spruiks yet another weight loss scam (Activate) while the regulators (NSW HCCC) apparently do nothing. “Get started for just a single dollar… watch the introduction videos… and start your … Continue reading

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Presentation to an Informa PharmaLaw conference in Sydney; MMD Review

“The 2015 Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation: Government Response” See also, “Government’s long-awaited response to an independent MMD Review” “Health Minister Sussan Ley will release the government’s long-awaited response to an independent review of the regulation of medicines … Continue reading

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Australian Health expert unhappy with ABC’s Swisse deal

This “partnership” continues to attract media interest: ABC slammed for Swisse partnership ABC under fire over deal with vitamin giant Swisse Wellness “A disgrace.” Gruen, Checkout producer slams ABC deal with Swisse ABC announces partnership with Swisse Wellness Industry critic questions … Continue reading

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Seminar: The Advertising of Therapeutic Good and Services, March 17, 2016

Introduction This seminar was held back-to-back with World Consumer Rights Day 2016 (March 15) and the National Consumer Congress (March 16). The latter was hosted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The 2016 Congress discussed how to better protect … Continue reading

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ABC 7:30 report – Should alternative medicines have their government rebate cut?

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2015/s4161774.htm Regrettably a typical TV short report that provided the opinions of all and could not deal with the key issues in any depth. Clearly there is a difference between exercise modalities  such as Yoga, Pilates, Tia Chi and therapeutic … Continue reading

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Latest Press Release from Swisse; my response

The Swisse press release is available here I quote from it: Our prerequisites were simple…. This list of prerequisites does not include the key concern of myself and others; that the research proposed was to specifically evaluate the efficacy of … Continue reading

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