Edzard Ernst, scourge of CAM therapists: He recommends St John’s Wort for depression, and other things you didn’t know

Serendipitously, just after I had joined Twitter and was considering writing about osteopathy, a tweet appeared that Edzard Ernst would be giving a talk in Eastbourne to a local sceptics’ society.  Now Ernst was the first ever Professor of Complementary Medicine, at Exeter University.  He is pretty down on osteopathy, and I remember the day…

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Aches and Pains by Louis Gifford: Book Review

Guest spot this week:  Mark Andrews of Kemptown Osteopathy in Brighton has kindly allowed me to use the full version of his review of Aches and Pains (an edited version appearing in the latest “the osteopath” magazine).  He did in fact put me on to this book, written by a late, great physio called Louis…

What does Google tell us about osteopaths?

Search engines have an autocomplete function.  I decided to type some incomplete phrases into Google and Yahoo to see what they might reveal about the general public’s views of osteopathy.  Somewhat demoralized, I made myself feel better by doing the same with chiropractors, physiotherapists and doctors.   I came up with the following snapshot: issues of…