23 June 2021

Where is the TGA when you need it?

podcast TGA The Tea Room

The MindBodySpirit Festival touts itself as “Australia’s largest health & wellbeing event”.

Attendees are invited to “see over 200 experts, attend seminars, see a psychic, meditate and more!”

This episode we head down to the festival to see the range of woo on offer and how many ‘health’ claims vendors can make without interference from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

This episode features Richard Saunders from the Australian Skeptics and Adjunct Professor Ken Harvey, a public health physician with an interest in the regulation of therapeutic goods.

You can listen and subscribe to the show by searching for “The Tea Room Medical Republic” in your favourite podcast player.

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Justin Coleman
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Justin Coleman
5 months 12 days ago

That was an entertaining podcast, thanks Francine.
Lovely to see a bit of polite common sense applied to the many outrageous claims. Not playing ‘God’: just a mild voice of reason.
Anke there are so many pseudoscientific notions within your response that every paragraph becomes its own moving target, particularly when it comes to your extrapolation of the placebo effect.
However, I heartily agree with your first sentence (except for the bit about ‘half of cases’).
Cheers, Justin

John Dirasa
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John Dirasa
5 months 12 days ago

Amazing investigative journalism! Can we please focus more on this topic with more news, petitions etc. The non-evidence based practitioners of woo are getting out of control in this country, especially since the pandemic!!

Anke
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Anke
5 months 12 days ago
I agree with the notion that it is unethical to advertise false promises and claims of cures that aren’t replicable in more than half of cases and exploit hope. Yet what is a false promise for one may not be for another. Sceptics unfortunately can’t benefit from the placebo effect. How high is the placebo rate for the common antihypertensives for example? (Placebo in Beta blocker trial – JAmSocHypert Dec2016 was systBP 34% and diastBP47%)! What is placebo effect? It is a powerful message to the brain produced from self suggestion/ belief, the suggestion of another person ( into a… Read more »
Stephen Scholem
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Stephen Scholem
5 months 12 days ago

Guest : The Australian Skeptic Society is a very appropriate organisation to get input from as they are totally evidence based and many members are medical doctors and scientists. They are not imposing their beliefs on anyone or playing God – in this case they are just trying to save people from wasting their money.

Anon
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Anon
5 months 12 days ago

Since when is it appropriate to give bandwidth to the Australian Skeptic Society in a medical journal?
Where is the fairness in that?
It’s not up to us (medicos) or the TGA to impose our belief systems on others.
You exhibit a one sided biased view which alienates our profession.
Who are we to play “God” and start judging what others choose to do or believe?
Get a grip!

John Dirasa
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John Dirasa
5 months 12 days ago

Science and evidence doesn’t care what you believe. Unless of course your goal is to just make money off of naive vulnerable people with non evidence based products or services.

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