December 13, 2012

CAM Codes – A question of Professionalism and Ethics

July 6, 2012

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A little over 3 weeks ago I did a post on Homeopathy Awareness Week where I looked at some of the website claims being made by homeopaths who are members of the Society of Homeopaths (SoH) and the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) and how these claims breached their own Code of Ethics and Practice.  Awareness should […]

Posted in: CAM, Homeopathy, Quackery

CAM Associations and Broken Codes

June 27, 2012

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As mentioned in earlier posts on advertising by CAM therapists and Homeopathy Awareness Week, compliance with the ASA regulations is still an issue and there is also a problem with CAM therapists adhering to their own professional codes. More to the point, there is a widespread failure of CAM regulators (voluntary & statutory) and CAM trade associations […]

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Posted in: CAM, Reflexology

Homeopathy Awareness Week – Are you aware ?

June 14, 2012

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This week (14 – 21 June 2012) is Homeopathy Awareness week.  Far from making the public aware of the truth behind homeopathy, they simply increase the amount of misleading and in some cases dangerous misinformation directed towards the public.  The aim of this yearly misinformation campaign is to convince uninformed members of the public that a shaken […]

Posted in: Homeopathy

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 […]

Posted in: ASA

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 […]

Posted in: ASA, Homeopathy

Magical, Musical Tuning Forks..

August 3, 2011

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Vibrational Medicine - The healing power of sound

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 […]

Posted in: ASA, Osteopathy, Skeptic

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 […]

Posted in: ASA, Osteopathy

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 […]

Posted in: ASA, Osteopathy