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‘Magic’ vs science: Matter of choice

Posted 18 May 2015

This article titled ‘Magic’ vs science: Matter of choice, published in the Mail & Guardian on 14 May 2015, is written by Joan Koka, a master’s student from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and presently an intern with the Mail & Guardian’s health journalism centre, Bhekisisa. She discusses homeopathy, CAMS and the Health Products Association approach to the Pretoria High Court regarding the government’s legislative amendments governing CAMS.

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Herbex and HPA’s arguments ring hollow – ASA Final Appeal Committee Ruling

Posted 17 October 2014

regan-hpa-herbexAfter more than a year of rulings, appeals, delays, and ultimately the Final Appeal Committee (FAC), former Constitutional Court Judge, Kate O’Regan and the Committee, brought additional clarity to the ASA.  (For brevity’s sake please accept that my references below to “Judge O’Regan” refer also to the Committee.)

 

  • Herbex claimed that the original substantiation by a medical doctor that Herbex worked, should stand. Judge O’Regan showed that the doctor had misread and contradicted the very evidence that he had provided in support of his substantiation. She rejected the substantiation.
  • Herbex introduced new substantiation into the final appeal without following the correct procedure. Although Judge O’Regan did look at (and rejected the merits of!) the new “evidence” – she emphasised that it was clear the Herbex did not have the evidence to hand before they started advertising the products. This is very important, and could form
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Top 10 (+5) pseudoscience health sites in SA

Posted 21 July 2010

CAMcheck takes no pleasure in listing the following pseudoscience health sites in SA (in no particular order). Unfortunately there is very little that the appointed protectors of our health and wellbeing (Department of Health, Medicines Control Council, SA Pharmacy Council) are doing about protecting us from them. 

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Quackery and mumbo-jumbo pseudo-science?

This is an invited article by a guest author who points out a discrepancy between the 'talk' and the 'walk' so often demonstrated by dedicated sellers of complementary medicines.

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