In defence of Jeremy Hunt

On the 1st of April Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, was ambushed by David Tredinnick MP about traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Tredinnick has bizarre views on the nature of evidence, and is keen supporter of alternative medicine use in the NHS. He was obviously delighted to find a hook…

Pharmacists and Quackery

Over a number of years I have been involved in some attempts to limit the effect of quackery in pharmacy, speaking at the British Science Festival at a Royal Pharmaceutical Society debate, speaking out about the regulation of homeopathic pharmacies, and trying in the past to change the Royal Pharmaceutical…

DIY Clinical Trials

I've recently finished Jon Ronson's The Psychopath Test, which is an absolutely brilliant quirky journalistic journey through Broadmoor, Scientology and DSM IV. He had an interesting Guardian article on DIY science published on Friday. He interviewed the guy who attempted to split the atom in his house, but more interestingly…

Taking the piss

A few years ago I suggested how one might create an NHS demand for animal urine treatments based on the qualities of the animals concerned. For example, elephant pee could be used as a treatment for Alzheimer's. However, there are "real" urine treatments... To take this further, you ought to…

Green Quackery

George Monbiot's principled stand on nuclear power after the Fukushima incident, and the resultant green backlash he harvested was an interesting moment this year. After a prominent green, Helen Caldicott, went critical on him he had an epiphany. Over the past fortnight I’ve made a deeply troubling discovery. The anti-nuclear…