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First alternative medicine - now alternative reality?

Lionel Milgrom is a UK homeopath who frequently comments on complementary and alternative medicine, quantum physics and the like.

Lionel Milgrom is a UK homeopath who frequently comments on complementary and alternative medicine, quantum physics and the like.

His recent article in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine is entitled 'CAM, Free Speech, and the British Legal System: Overstepping the Mark' (1). In it, he refers to the libel case between Simon Singh and the British Chiropractic Association.

He tells his readers that 'the British Chiropractic Association recently won [this] libel case…' and that 'the judge agreed with [their] argument, awarding the BCA substantial damages'.

This is incorrect. The case has not been decided by a court yet. Judge Eady ruled about the meaning of the disputed text and recently Singh was given the right to appeal against Eady's ruling. Nobody has won or lost. Nobody has been awarded 'substantial damages'.

How can a reputable journal report in such a misleading way? Search me! What can we do about it? I for one will complain to the publisher, and I encourage everyone to do the same. In case you are tempted, here is the address:

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.,
Publishers of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
140 Huguenot Street, 3rd Floor
New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215

Or you can contact the publisher online here.

Professor Edzard Ernst Professor Edzard Ernst

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