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A former leader in the New Age culture — author of nine titles on auras, chakras, "energy", and so on — chronicles her difficult and painful transition to skepticism. Karla McLaren, Skeptical Inquirer (May 2004)

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"The fact that devotees of alternative therapies have a tendency to die rather more quickly than those who accept conventional treatment goes largely unspoken." Opinion in The Daily Telegraph (21st March 2004)

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Francis Wheen on the snake-oils and quacks of our age. New Humanist (31st January 2004)

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Article by Jeffrey K. Aronson, MA, DPhil, MBCHB, FRCP, (Reader in Clinical Pharmacology), Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies [FACT] (December 2003)

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Are consumers truly free to make informed choices about complementary and alternative medicine? Article by Paul Lee, Skeptic Report (September 2003)

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"Just as reason cannot be reconciled with irrationality, so orthodox medicine cannot be integrated with alternative medicine." Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, Spiked-health Online (26th June 2002)

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Professor Ray Lowenthal's paper examines 'alternative and complementary' treatments for cancer, finding they leave a great deal to be desired. The Skeptic (Autumn 2001) [Professor Lowenthal is Director of Medical Oncology at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania] [pdf]

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"The new vogue for CAM, particularly within the medical profession, seems particularly strange when we consider that scientific medicine progressed and developed by questioning, among other things, divine and secular authority. It insisted on excellence in its pursuit of truth, advances in diagnosis and treatment of disease…. Yet despite all this progress, the medical profession is now willingly embracing the very mystical practices it transcended 200 years ago." Article by Brid Hehir, Spiked-health Online (2001)