Crap detecting for beginners | (Kevin Wheldall)

[The following is an edited version of a speech I gave at the launch of this book* in May 2017.]
A recent Four Corners program featured the results from a ‘shadow shop’ of 240 pharmacies conducted by Choice. Pharmacists were asked to recommend something for these actors posing as shoppers who claimed that they had been “feeling really stressed lately”. 26% of pharmacists recommended Bach Flower remedies, a product for which there is absolutely no scientific evidence for efficacy. Another 3% recommended homeopathic products. Non-evidenced based fads like this predilection for so-called…

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