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  • Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Jan 19;1:CD009436. Complementary therapies for acne vulgaris.. As is usually the case, pseudo-medicines only work for badly done studies. “There is some low-quality evidence from single trials that LGLD, tea tree oil, and bee venom may reduce total skin lesions in acne vulgaris, but there is a lack of evidence from the current review to support the use of other CAMs, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, or wet-cupping therapy, for the treatment of this condition.”
  • Scientist ‘silenced by Charles’. The scientist is Edzard Ernst. ““Prince Charles’s attempt to silence me, it seemed, had been successful.”
  • Teach medical students to be critical, says Ernst. “In Exeter, I don’t think medical students learn how to think critically and that is the most important task because knowledge in medicine changes very fast and so you need that tool of critical thinking,”
  • 5 Alternative Medicines That Science Proved Worthless. Just 5? Off by a factor of 10.
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