Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Healthy Skepticism International News Alert

Received from Healthy Skepticism:

Healthy Skepticism International News Alert. My apologies these seem to have been missed in recent months. Heather Carter

Jan 2006 Vol 24 No 1 ( )
What can be done in India?
By: Anant Phadke
Anant Phadke's suggestions for reform in India were used as a background paper for the Drug Action meeting in Mumbai in 2003.

Dec 2005 Vol 23 No 12 (
Report on consultation with Healthy Skepticism subscribers and members
By: Caroline Saxon
Caroline has spent 3 months liaising with members, subscribers and the management committee to gauge opinion about future directions for Healthy Skepticism. This is the short version of her report. A more detailed account will be posted on this website soon.

Nov 2005 Vol 23 No 11
DES exposed Australians seeking political action ( )
By: Carol Devine
Carol Devine, Coordinator, DES Action Australia-NSW,looks at the poor support offered to individuals whose mothers took DES during pregnancy. Anyone with known or suspected DES exposure or just wanting further information may contact Carol Devine, Phone +612 98754820.

Oct 2005 Vol 23 No 10
SSRI Lawyer Corrects New York Times Report ( )
By: Karen Barth Menzies
The FDA's recent warnings regarding suicidality and SSRI antidepressants were appropriate and long overdue, based on scientific evidence and the FDA's warning responsibilities to consumers as directed by the Code of Federal Regulations. The article published in the New York Times on August 6, 2005 by Gardiner Harris, titled FDA Responds to Criticism with New Caution asserts the erroneous thesis that the FDA simply yielded to criticism and issued invalid warnings, casting a cloud of doubt over the legitimacy of the warnings. That the FDA finally stepped up to shield consumers instead of pharmaceutical companies should be applauded, not undermined with inaccurate reporting. People died as a result of absent warnings while the SSRI antidepressants were marketed and sold as harmless.

Sep 2005 Vol 23 No 9 ( )
Submission from Healthy Skepticism re RACP Ethical Guidelines
By: Peter Mansfield, Wendy Rogers and Jon Jureidini
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is the college for medical specialists in Australia and New Zealand. RACP is revising its Ethical Guidelines and invited Healthy Skepticism to make a submission. Peter Mansfield and Jon Jureidini wrote part 1 of our submission. Part 2 was written by medical ethicist and HS member Wendy Rogers. RACP's May 2005 draft Ethical Guidelines are available at:

Heather Carter

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