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Trick or Treatment: Alternative Medicine on Trial
a medical propaganda book by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst
[All homeopathy and acupuncture is just placebo effect, no kidding. Usual MO in this Mail article, make sure you choose fringe therapies and definitely avoid Nutritional medicine. The herbal medicine spiel is a classic. 'Alternative herbal medicine'--now there's a first! Dr Richard Shulze is the man to expose their bullshit, putting it politely.]
See: Human energy Dr Richard Shulze, N.D., M.H. Therapies
The intentions of the healer by Lynne McTaggart Ernst and Singh’s usual M.O. is to combine a mismash of disparate studies into one ‘meta-analysis’ – a questionable methodology shown to have severe limitations with conventional medicine — and then to hack and slice away any studies that do not fit their own rigid criteria. For instance, in such a review of herbal medicine, they began with 1345 peer-reviewed studies, and by the time they were done they’d rejected all but three. From these three studies, Ernst believed it possible to denounce all of herbal medicine, including Chinese herbal medicine and Ayurvedic herbal medicine, as having ‘no convincing evidence that it is effective in any indication’ particularly ‘in light of its high potential for adverse effects’.