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CranioSacral: A slow learner!

December 13, 2012

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In the past I have done a number of posts on CranioSacral Therapy (CST)  covering the claims made and the lack of evidence to support those claims. http://skepticbarista.wordpress.com/category/craniosacral/ On a number of occasions I have also mentioned a PAT Hughes, a CranioSacral Therapist who works in my local area.  She has repeatedly made misleading claims regarding […]

Advertising Therapy – Don’t Know, Don’t Understand, Don’t Care..

June 8, 2012

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Having recently read through the ASA’s 2011 annual report it soon becomes clear just how much work this organisation does in ensuring that the advertising seen by the public is Legal, Decent, Honest & Truthful. However I am also reminded that in some sectors there is still much work to be done! In particular online […]

Dangerous Homeopathy..

August 19, 2011

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As the ASA continue the slow process of tackling the large number of misleading homeopathy claims currently available on the web, it is worth reminding ourselves that these claims are not just limited to remedies for coughs and colds or minor aches and pains.  Some promote a dangerous mix of homeopathic quackery and pseudo-science, with a […]

Magical, Musical Tuning Forks..

August 3, 2011

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Whilst reading through the June/July 2011 edition of the General Osteopathic Council’s journal ‘The Osteopath‘ I came across an advert for a series or courses on These course are being run by UK registered osteopath Geoffrey Montague-Smith.  I couldn’t resist having a closer look at what was behind this ‘healing power of sound‘. First stop was […]

Osteopathy: Making a valid point…

July 31, 2011

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 Based on the information you provided, it appears you have a valid point ! In April this year I commented (Be Careful What You Wish For) on an article called ‘If the CAP fits’ that was published in the British Osteopathy Association Journal .  In this article, osteopathy Mary Monro expressed her the view that a lack […]

CHRE annual report: Regulation meets Quackery.

July 1, 2011

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The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence have recently published their 2010/2011 annual report  http://www.chre.org.uk/media/18/405/ Volume II covers the performance reviews of the 9 healthcare regulators who come under their remit. Volume II can be found here   http://www.chre.org.uk/satellite/402  Or the PDF is here:  http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1012/hc10/1084/1084_ii.pdf This document contains lots of  detail on issues surrounding health care regulation, many […]

Osteopathy: For Crying Out Loud..

May 17, 2011

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Of all the conditions that Cranial Osteopaths claim to treat, infantile colic  is perhaps one of the most common. We can see just how common by using a very handy Google Custom Search, this tool can be used to search GOsC members websites for specific search phrases, in this case colic: (See Note at bottom […]

Correcting Subluxations

April 27, 2011

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Back in May 2010, the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) stated that the Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) was lacking any research that could associate it with any diseases and that it exists today as an historical concept. It would be an understatement to say that this was not welcomed by chiropractors, both here  in the UK and further […]

Osteopathy: Be careful what you wish for …

April 24, 2011

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Be careful what you wish for ...... That is something that BOA member, Mary Monro should keep in mind when writing articles for Osteopathy Today, the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) journal. The article called ‘If the CAP fits” was published in the April 2011 edition of Osteopathy Today.  It covers the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) […]

CranioSacral Challenged!

April 1, 2011

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This month the Nightingale Collaboration are looking at CranioSacral Therapy CST) and the wildly extravagant claims therapists routinely make for this unproven treatment. I thought this would be an opportune moment to take a quick look at how the ASA view the evidence for this treatment and the claims being made. In the past I […]