There is currently a weak process of checking claims made in advertisements for medicines, to ensure they don't mislead or deceive consumers -this could be abandoned if a bill passes parliament.
The Australian drugs regulator is overhauling the health claims made by suppliers of complementary medicines, including homeopathic therapies. And some curious options are up for discussion.
Would you trust a complementary medicine described as "vermifuge", "vulnerary" or "emmenagogue"? That's what new labelling proposes and not everyone's happy about it.
Pharmacies are trusted medical professionals, so people trust their products.
A review has recommended separating pharmacists from complementary and homeopathic products.
Vitamins are often seen as benign since they’re meant to be natural, but the list of ingredients isn’t always accurate.
In many instances complementary medicines have no added benefit when compared to a placebo, or weak evidence of effectiveness.
How do you really know if vitamin and mineral supplements really ‘help your heart’ or ‘boost your mood’?
If the Therapeutic Goods Administration implements new proposals to regulate complementary medicines, you can be more confident they actually do what they say on the packet.
Advertisements for complementary medicines don’t always reflect what’s in the bottle.
Consumers can't always be confident claims for complementary medicines stack up. Here's how to foster truth in advertising.
Consumers need more protection when it comes to making complaints about products.
The latest Productivity Commission report on how consumer law is being used shows that the same issues still haven't been addressed for years.
People given taurine had significantly improved overall mental health symptoms.
People given taurine had significantly improved overall mental health symptoms, including those of psychosis, compared to those given placebo.
US swimmer Michael Phelps with tell-tale cupping marks.
They look sore but it's fairly harmless – and the effect may really be a placebo.
Protein supplements are all the rage for fitness fanatics and those hoping to boost their muscles – but do they contain as much protein as they claim to?
Just add water.
There is nothing more likely to raise the hackles of any self-respecting rationalist than to be confronted with the latest celebrity story about the miraculous healing power of homeopathy or some other…
Combining complementary medicine with conventional cancer treatment opens up the possibility of drug interactions.
Recent German research found that more than 70% of people with cancer supplement their regular hospital treatment with complementary and alternative medicine. More worryingly, many do so without advising…
There is no convincing evidence that the therapy works.
PANACEA OR PLACEBO – A weekly series assessing the evidence behind complementary and alternative medicines. Aromatherapy is based on the idea that aromatic substances, usually the essential oils of plants…
Some of the techniques that form the armamentarium of myotherapy are supported by some positive evidence.
PANACEA OR PLACEBO – A weekly series assessing the evidence behind complementary and alternative medicines. Myotherapy was developed by American Bonnie Prudden in the 1970s as a system of treating painful…
Spicy debate: RMIT is researching the effectiveness of ginseng in improving lung function in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Flickr/wparadiso.
RMIT University’s School of Health Sciences has rejected the suggestion that it peddles pseudo-scientific quackery via its…