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Ernst-Singh £10,000
Homeopathic Challenge



Trick or Treatment?

Alternative Medicine on Trial

By Professor Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh

Chapter 6 - Does the Truth Matter?

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Science and Technology Select Committee- Sixth Report
House of Lords, 2000

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When our health is at risk, why be so mean?
The Prince of Wales
The Times, 30 December 2000

Page 291 (£1.6 billion)
The BBC survey of complementary medicine use in the UK
Ernst, E. & White, A. R
Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 8, 32-36, (2000)

Page 291 (£4.5 billion)
The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the NHS Christopher Smallwood Foundation for Integrated Health

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NHS must audit spending on alternative therapy, MPs say
David Colquhoun quoted
The Times, 24 May, 2006

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The Role of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the NHS
Christopher Smallwood
Foundation for Integrated Health

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Rational medicine is being undermined
Dr Richard Horton (Editor, The Lancet)
The Guardian (Letters), 8 October 2005

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Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain
B W Koes, M W van Tulder, S Thomas
BMJ 2006;332:1430-1434 (17 June)

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Celebrity-based medicine
Ernst, E., Pittler, M. H.
MJA 2006; 185:680-81

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Swazi 'Aids cure' scam uncovered
BBC Newsnight (1 December 2006)

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NHS told to abandon alternative medicine
Mark Henderson
The Times, May 23, 2006

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Science degrees without the science
David Colquhoun
Nature 446, 373-374 (22 March 2007)

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Preface to the First Edition, page xiii
Edited by Ernst, Pittler & Wider
The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Presenting the alternative: cancer and complementary and alternative medicine in the Canadian print media
Laura Weeks, Marja Verhoef and Catherine Scott
Support Care Cancer 2007, 15(8):931-938

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Natasha Demkina: The Girl with Normal Eyes
Andrew Skolnickin
Skeptical Inquirer, May 2005

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Evaluation of shark cartilage in patients with advanced cancer: a North Central Cancer Treatment Group trial
Loprinzi et al
Cancer. 2005 Jul 1;104(1):176-82

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Alternative therapies for the treatment of childhood cancer
Coppes MJ, Anderson RA, Egeler RM, Wolff JEA
N Engl J Med 1998;339:846-847

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UK and German media differ over complementary medicine
Ernst & Weihmayr
Letter, BMJ 2000;321:707 ( 16 September )

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Neurobehavioral Effects of Dental Amalgam in Children
DeRouen et al
JAMA. 2006;295:1784-1792

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Neuropsychological and Renal Effects of Dental Amalgam in Children
David C. Bellinger et al
JAMA. 2006;295:1775-1783

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And Now the Bad News
Ben Goldacre
The Guardian, Bad Science column, 6 May, 2006

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The Vaccine Hunter
BBC Radio 4
21 June 2006

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Mysterious Killer Chemical
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
17 May 2006 (original development of DHMO hoax)

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Acupuncture as an adjunct to exercise based physiotherapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: randomised controlled trial
Nadine E Foster et al
BMJ 2007;335:436 (1 September)

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Meta-analysis: Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Mannheimer et al
Ann Intern Med. 2007 Jun 19;146(12):868-77

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Understanding Clinical Trials
Justin A. Zivin
Scientific American, April 2000

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n-3 Fatty acids from fish or fish-oil supplements, but not alpha-linolenic acid, benefit cardiovascular disease outcomes in primary- and secondary-prevention studies: a systematic review
Wang, C., et al
Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jul;84(1):5-17