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Regulating Alternative Medicine: Are the Quacks Ducking the Issues?

Science bloggers Andy lewis (The Quackometer) and Prof David Colquhoun (Improbable Science) discuss alternative medicine regulation

2008 is going to see a big battle between various groups as to who gets to pretend to regulate alternative therapists. The Government, through Prince Charles’ Foundation for Integrated Health, is setting up The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, a voluntary federal register. The problem is, no one appears to want to join.
Various homoeopaths’ Membership Groups are setting up their own ‘Single Registers’.
More fundamentally, no group looking at this issue appears to want to tackle the inconvenient problem that most alternative therapies do no work and their practitioners hold strange and sometimes dangerous beliefs.
Two sceptical bloggers will explore the issues.

David Colquhoun is a pharmacologist at University College London who writes the Improbable Science blog at DCScience.
Andy Lewis is the creator and writer of The Quackometer blog.


Mr Andy Lewis | talks | www
Professor David Colquhoun | talks | www


Date and Time:

18 March 2008 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



The Penderels Oak
283 High Holborn
020 7242 5669

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The Skeptic Magazine
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