Why Do People Use Alternative Medicine?


I often read that the reason people are turning to complementary/alternative/integrative(take your pick) medicine is because they are dissatisfied with the care received from mainstream/conventional/”western”* medicine. This may be true for a small segment of the population, those with a chronic illness or with terminal cancer spring to mind. But is this generally true of… Read More Why Do People Use Alternative Medicine?

The Freedom of Ignorance: Health Freedom, What is it and Do We Want it?


When policy around how herbal remedies, alternative medicines, supplements and all sorts of other practices outside the mainstream of medical practice is discussed the concept of “Health Freedom” inevitably comes up. It’s not always couched in that term but the idea is that people should be free to choose whatever method of healthcare that they… Read More The Freedom of Ignorance: Health Freedom, What is it and Do We Want it?

New Zealand Pharmacy Ethics in Relation to Homeopathy in the Wake of Homeopathy Report


Earlier this year I wrote a post (along with fellow Sciblogger Grant) concerning the sale of homeopathic remedies in pharmacies. Monday night saw the release of England’s Science and Technology Committee’s “Evidence Check 2″ report on Homeopathy (also ably covered by Grant). One of the issues covered by the report is that of pharmacy responsibilities… Read More New Zealand Pharmacy Ethics in Relation to Homeopathy in the Wake of Homeopathy Report