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June 15, 2016

I took a look at the latest way that chiropractors have found to relieve people of money and wrote about it in Australasian Science magazine.

Put the Lyme in the quackonut

A few years ago the British Medical Journal conducted a reader poll to find the fifteen most important advances, discoveries or breakthroughs in medicine since the magazine was founded in 1840. Here is the list:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Antibiotics
  • Chlorpromazine
  • Computer use
  • Discovery of DNA structure
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Germ Theory
  • Imaging
  • Immunology
  • Oral Rehydration Therapy
  • The contraceptive pill
  • Risks of smoking
  • Sanitation
  • Tissue culture
  • Vaccines

Alternative medicine supporters were horrified at the list, because not only did it contradict much of quackery by including germ theory and antibiotics, admit to the reality of mental illness by including the first anti-psychotic drug, highlight the value of evidence and recognise the value of vaccines, but one of altmed's most demonised villains (Louis Pasteur) was associated with two of the things in the list.

You can read the rest here.


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