View Full Version : Scientists urge unis to axe alternative medicine courses

01-26-12, 08:49 PM
We need lots of votes here. Poll closes in 13 hours.

Kelly Burke
January 26, 2012

MORE than 400 doctors, medical researchers and scientists have formed a powerful lobby group to pressure universities to close down alternative medicine degrees.
Almost one in three Australian universities now offer courses in some form of alternative therapy or complementary medicine, including traditional Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractics, homeopathy, naturopathy, reflexology and aromatherapy.
But the new group, Friends of Science in Medicine, wrote to vice-chancellors this week, warning that by giving "undeserved credibility to what in many cases would be better described as quackery" and by "failing to champion evidence-based science and medicine", the universities are trashing their reputation as bastions of scientific rigour.
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The group, which names world-renowned biologist Sir Gustav Nossal and the creator of the cervical cancer vaccine Professor Ian Frazer among its members, is also campaigning for private health insurance providers to stop providing rebates for alternative medical treatments.

Read more and vote here: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/tertiary-education/scientists-urge-unis-to-axe-alternative-medicine-courses-20120125-1qhtm.html#ixzz1kcD3rqzk

01-26-12, 08:55 PM
"Voted" but the prognosis does not look good.

01-26-12, 09:20 PM
78% beliieve it's quackery? That is really SCARY!!!!

01-26-12, 11:11 PM