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Podium:
Change? Yes, we can
Abbasi (1 December 2008)

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Unchanging change
John Aitken
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Change in Healthcare
Maryam Alfa-Wali
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Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon
Bhutta and Maxwell (1 December 2008)

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What about the reverse situation?
Sarah Tonin
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Sex fantasy and sneezing, me too!
MC S
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Bless you! Sneezing and the Seven Deadly Sins
Bill Davidson
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Sneezing
P Virola
  (30 December 2008)
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Sneezing and orgasm
david cooper
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Experience Sharing for Sneezing
Peter Li
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sex-and-sneezing condition
Bruno Sanches
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Sneezing induced by sexual ideation
JJ vd Vyver
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Re: Sex Sneezing
Frank Demaria
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Personal experience
David W. Carnell
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“sexual” arousal have always provoked me sneezing
Elie ARCHONTIS
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sneezing when full
Heather J Lane
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Feedback: Pre-orgasmic sexual thoughts and sneezing
P. Beppler, et al.
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I also must sneeze while thinking about sex
M. S.
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Sex Sneezing
Arnie W. Snowdon
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Sneezing associated with hunger pangs
Rod Duncan
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Interesting article
P E Burridge
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Essay:
Is psychiatry a religion?
Whitley (1 December 2008)

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Psychiatry: Opium For The People?
Simon Lammy
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Editorial:
Sudden whitening of the hair: an historical fiction?
Skellett et al. (1 December 2008)

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Letter to the Editor: Sir Thomas More.
J. Clifford Jones, et al.
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Essay:
How the public is being misled about complementary/alternative medicine
Ernst (1 November 2008)

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EBM and CAM
David M Griffiths
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Podium:

Change? Yes, we can

Abbasi (1 December 2008)

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Change? Yes, we can

Unchanging change
18 January 2009

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John Aitken,
Consultant Physician
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

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To reverse politically motivated changes to the delivery of
healthcare which put patients’ lives at risk, no matter how small that
risk may appear to be. It would be a change to see politicians with the
moral fibre to admit to their foolishness when a particular change in
policy is seen to put patients’ lives at risk. Then they must undo their
folly.
NHS Direct and local call centres give advice to patients or their
relatives over the phone in accordance with written guidelines.
Unfortunately, as any doctor worth his salt will tell you, a clinical
history, particularly when taken from a third party, is valueless without
a physical examination of the patient. For me, an isolated physician, to
be aware of several patients who have died as a result of gratuitous
misguided telephonic advice, then these financially driven incentives,
implemented with the intention of closing or downsizing A&E; departments,
should be buried along with their victims and protagonists.


Change? Yes, we can

Change in Healthcare
12 January 2009
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Maryam Alfa-Wali,
Clinical Research Fellow
Imperial College London

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Dear Editor,

Following your podium-Change? Yes we can; my thoughts within the NHS
are
for palliative care patients who wish to die at home. These patients need
to have
rapid access services to aid their discharge home as if we cannot do more
for
them medically or surgically, we can at least deliver their last wishes
rather than
delaying discharge sometimes without real reason.
Change is efficient social services so acute services are not mismanaged.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Maryam Alfa-Wali

No competing interests.


Review:

Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Bhutta and Maxwell (1 December 2008)

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Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

What about the reverse situation?
18 January 2009
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Sarah Tonin,
medical journalist
freelance

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I’m surprised that no one has discovered – or is discussing – the
reverse of this condition: Those who find sneezing so “sensual” that they
must think about sneezing during the arousal period, either to initiate or
to enhance arousal or orgasm.

A colleague confided to me that she often uses this tactic in order
to BECOME aroused. I suppose it’s no different than thinking about someone
other than one’s sexual partner (but is obviously less guilt-provoking).

Nevertheless, my colleague said it makes her feel like she’s abnormal
and “warped.” (Perhaps those who experience this “phenomenon” find a link
between the explosive nature of a sneeze and that of an orgasm).


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Sex fantasy and sneezing, me too!
18 January 2009
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MC S,
surgeon

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I thought to be a rare case of ths strange association and
I am happy to know that many others experienced this
phenomen. When I have sexual fantasy I have a series of up
to ten sneeze consecutively. Sneezing is associated to
pleasure too.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Bless you! Sneezing and the Seven Deadly Sins
30 December 2008
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Bill Davidson,
Research Governance Manager
Department of Health

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I chanced upon the fascinating article by Bhutta and Maxwell
following a recent conversation with friends. One of them sneezes in
response to sexual ideation (and sunlight), another in response to
fullness of stomach.

I now wonder whether the expression ‘Bless you!’ originated in once
common knowledge, now lost, that sneezing had this association with sexual
ideation (or ‘lust’) and fullness of stomach (or ‘gluttony’).

I suggest this because a third acquaintance also sneezes for no self-
reported reason, though the rest of us think it could well be ‘sloth’.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Sneezing
30 December 2008
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P Virola,
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In finnish newspaper was short story about Bhutta’s and Maxwell’s
study. It was judged as ”strange result”.
I would say that there is nothing strange. During last 20 years I have
sometimes sneezed (maybe average 3 times per year) in situation when I am
having sexual thoughts. I have been thinking that I am the only one.
On the other hand I know few people who sneezes when they arrive into
bright light. Maybe this is similar effect.
I am 36 years old man, Finland. Bhutta and Maxwell can contact me if
needed.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Sneezing and orgasm
30 December 2008
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david cooper,
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Dear Sirs,

My other half pointed out your article. She thought that my sneezing
after orgasm was unique to me. I have also had one instance of nose bleed
during sexual intercourse – I have low blood pressure.

Regards,

David


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Experience Sharing for Sneezing
30 December 2008
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Peter Li,
Construction

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I learn about this phenomenon on newspaper two days ago. I live in
Hong Kong and it happens to me when I was at my teenage (I¡¦m now 45). I
used to sneeze uncontrolled when I was thinking about sex. But this
circumstance gradually disappeared when I¡¦m getting older and have normal
sex life. I was happy to know that I¡¦m not the only one having this
incident.

I would like to help if you need further information and I hope the
study on this phenomenon can carry on to discover more.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

sex-and-sneezing condition
30 December 2008
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Bruno Sanches,
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Hello.

I have this same condition too, I have to sneeze when I am thinking
about sex. Not always, but very often. I was trying to find an e-mail
adress of the researchers or something like that, but I just couldn’t. And
I’d be very happy and grateful if I could get in touch with them. I could
help with some information, if possible.

Bruno, from Brazil.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Sneezing induced by sexual ideation
30 December 2008
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JJ vd Vyver,
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I was not aware that this was not a known fact.
The reason for sneezing is to clear your nose – you only sneeze until your
nose is clear.
The reason your nose must be clear is not known – I guess it has something
to do with smell during sex.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Re: Sex Sneezing
23 December 2008
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Frank Demaria,
Retired

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Having read the article on Sex Sneezing, I now know I am not alone.
My sex sneezing after orgasm only commenced 20 years ago after I underwent

an operation on my T9-10 Thoracic disc.
I was 43 years of age at the time and and the neurosurgeon was unsure
whether
it was calcified disc material from a prolapsed disc or an osteoma, but it
was
growing and was encroaching the canal.
He was not able to remove the calcification, so he made a wedge shaped
resection of the vertebral body of T10 to provide anterior decompression.
He did have trouble performing this operation and it did take two attempts
of
approx. 6hrs duration each before completion.
I am not sure how much nerve damage was done but I do know that since then

after orgasm, I always sneeze, anything from 5-20 sneezes.
Maybe this was going to happen to me anyhow but I am not convinced that
the
operation was not to blame.
I have never discussed this sneezing with any professional body including
the
neurosurgeon who performed the operation.
But I can also be added to the list of Sex Sneezing.


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Personal experience
23 December 2008
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David W. Carnell,
Retired research engineer

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Frequently after sex with my late wife I would sneeze uncontrollably.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

“sexual” arousal have always provoked me sneezing
21 December 2008
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Elie ARCHONTIS,
hotel receptionist

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I am surprised to learn that very few people have this sneezing thing
when sexually aroused

I have always assumed it was common having had this happening
(sneezing once or twice) in reaction – almost simultaneously – to being
sexually aroused

I have noted that it must be an almost visible sort of arousal ( the
one you share ) maybe as a sort of communication? The sexe is clearly the
drive but it has to be an irrepressible and strong sexual “thought”.

Sneezing is not provoked by a solitary sexual activity . It needs to
be SHARED : necessity to have another person present even if (she) is not
the object of desire sneezing may break inthe middle of a sentence when
talking about a theme that appeals to me sexually.

I hope this helps to investgate the question

I have an audible – normal and unrepressed sneeze – and consider
snezzing as pleasurable to having this occur in combination with sex have
always seemed to me very normal despite it being a tell tale sign to a
female I am attracted to – with the possibility of being annoying if I
need to hide my emotions to the person but can also be helpful: as a sign
to the coveted being of GENUINE and IRREPRESSIBLE drive.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

sneezing when full
21 December 2008
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Heather J Lane,
Structural Technician

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I too sneeze when full, I have been suffering for the past 2 years.
I originally thought that it was linked to a certain food types but after
experimenting at several restaurants it led me to search the internet and
found that there are several reported similar incidents. I find it strange
that the medical profession have only just highlighted this phenomena.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Feedback: Pre-orgasmic sexual thoughts and sneezing
21 December 2008
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P. Beppler,
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Dear Dr. Mahmood F Bhutta and Dr. Harold Maxwell: Your study
“Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported
phenomenon” confirms what I found out about myself in my very early
teenage years (I’m in my forties now). I still remember confiding in
someone about this for the first time – a close friend of mine, another
male of about my same age – when unexpectedly I broke into a tremendous
and pleasurable fit of sneezes. Luckily our friendship remained intact
since he didn’t seem to have made any personal association… that is, that
I found him quite sexy. Just to clarify, the sexual thoughts driven
sneezing doesn’t happen every time there is sex involved, and it only
happens before an orgasm. As a matter of fact, if I’m not able to sneez
for some reason (not all oncoming sneezes are provoked by sex, by the
way), I close my eyes and think about some sexual phantasy or, especially,
a sexy person (somebody famous or someone I know), just to be able to get
to finally sneez once and for all. This generally couses me to feel
somewhat embarasset when in company of others, thinking wow, if they could
just be able to read my thoughts right now. Also, when it is very sunny
and bright, it helps to move things to a conclusion if I can look directly
towards the sun (to get a “stuck” sneez out, done and over with). I came
to the conclusion long ago that what it is is that I frequently
experience a rush of blood inside my nostrils during these ocasions
(ocurring mostly from the boddom upwards, akin to what happens with my
penis as erection sets in) and that this causes the hairs inside my nose
to touch sensitive and inflated areas; and therefore, provoking those
bouts of sneezes which I came to associate with sexual pleasure. –P.
Beppler


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I also must sneeze while thinking about sex
20 December 2008
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M. S.,
Internet consultant
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It happens to mee too, that I must sneeze, when I think of sex (not
after an orgasm, but while thinking of it). Not always, but very often.
Also when I look up to the sun, I often must sneeze. I thought I was
alone with this reaction – until today: I read about Mahmoods findings in
our newspaper and now I know, its quite common. 🙂


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Sex Sneezing
20 December 2008
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Arnie W. Snowdon,
labourer

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This letter is in response to an article I have just read on the
Yahoo! News site regarding the “Sex and Sneezing” study by Dr’s Mahmood
Bhutta and Harold Maxwell.I am 54 years old and live in Ontario Canada.
This began to happen to me about 10 years ago.I had thought there was
something wrong with me mentally until I read this article this
morning.And was too embarassed to give these details to my Doctor as I
thought he would have me seeing a physciatrist.This happens to me about
80% of the time as soon as I begin to think about sex and on occasion will
last up to 2 hours.My wife calls them “sneezing fits”.I was very happy to
read your article to find out that there is really nothing wrong with me
and it happens to other men also.If I can be of any further help on your
study , you can contact me by e-mail and will answer anything you may wish
to ask with total honesty and sincerity.I am happy to discover that there
are actually Doctors out there that are doing studys like this. My thanks to these Doctors.

Arnie W.Snowdon

Ontario Canada


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Sneezing associated with hunger pangs
20 December 2008
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Rod Duncan,
Novelist

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I have noticed that when I experience particularly strong hunger
pangs, this sometimes triggers a sneeze. I had never heard of any similar
phenomina until reading of this research. I pass this curious observation
on to you in case it is of any use to the paper’s authors.


Sneezing induced by sexual ideation or orgasm: an under-reported phenomenon

Interesting article
20 December 2008
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P E Burridge,
Student

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Just a short note to say I’ve nnot mentioned this to many people but
I have this ‘condition’. too.

Peter


Essay:

Is psychiatry a religion?

Whitley (1 December 2008)

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Is psychiatry a religion?

Psychiatry: Opium For The People?
12 January 2009
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Simon Lammy,
Final Year Medical Student
UCL Medical School

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Thank you for publishing the essay by Whitley (January 2009 JRSM1).
The author beautifully described the sketching of Western modern day
medicine, by proponents of Western scientific philosophical thought,
through the crescendo of one of its many significant controversial
doctrines abounding – that of psychiatry – against the canvas of a
diminuendo of religious steadfastness.

The comparisons expanded upon throughout the essay, concerning those
who resolutely preach the gospel that humans by nature exist on a damaging
psychological spectrum, thus requiring urgent deliverance from the
sometimes disparate high altars of psychiatric progression, to those
unswerving sages through countless ages past that pounded the ground
concerning mans salvation, as executed from the lofty altars of the three
main explanations of a monotheistic god, was a captivating read. It was
encouraging to come across a reflective piece relevant to the tumultuous
medical world one is soon to start practicing in.

Overt religious thought has diminished significantly across the
western world, to such an extent, that scientific thought has been
incapable of replacing the inescapable emptiness that has surfaced through
its decline. The famous remark by GK Chesterton “that when people stop
believing in God, they start believing in anything” once matched to our
post-modernistic era abounds such a truth. This is demonstrated through
the constant shifting sand propagandist ideologies of modern culture, as
manifested by an unpredictable although unsurprising circular path that
tours through each trend from the previous four decades – perhaps being a
simple reflection of a society struggling to discover, shape then mould a
secure psychological base once its religious doctrines were exhumed and
cremated during the 1960s.

A famous commentator once remarked that no man can escape
indoctrination, but can chose. Such an astute observation has particular
bearing to the essay, the topic of psychiatry and its ardent tribe of
disciples, and furthermore strong significance to Western post-modernistic
thinking when extrapolated to contemporary science.
The communication to the general public of scientific doctrine has at
times a style and manner comparable to that of the archetypal Bible
bashing preacher during ages past – to quote Whitley’s characterisations
of religions, contemporary science “have often demarcated the populace
into two neatly distinct categories that could be crudely labelled as
believers and nonbelievers. Much effort was expanded on ensuring that
believers are kept within the fold while nonbelievers are recruited into
the faith’s welcoming arms.” Such has been demonstrated by the overt
radical assaults on religion by Richard Dawkins, in a manner a deep
southern style American preacher from the Bible belt would aspire towards.

The author makes clear “that psychiatry, and its handmaiden, clinical
psychology, now constitutes an amorphous system of beliefs, behaviours and
attitudes whose functions and doctrines are unsettlingly similar to those
held by conventional religions.” It might be worth to note that the
communication of medicine, in conjunction to the enormous array of modern
philosophical thought surpassed that unsettling similarity centuries ago –
as many religions make clear, that for everything there is a season, and a
time for every purpose under heaven.
Psychiatry may be the opium of the people today, as concluded in the
essay, but may become a relic farther through time, being seen as a
reactive, thus temporary progression to a society gone mad by eradicating
the very foundation that sustained it for millennia.

Simon Lammy
Final Year Medical Student, Royal Free & University College Medical
School, University College London, London UK;
[email protected]

REFERENCE

1. Whitley R. Is psychiatry a religion? J R Soc Med 2008; 101: 579-
582


Editorial:

Sudden whitening of the hair: an historical fiction?

Skellett et al. (1 December 2008)

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Sudden whitening of the hair: an historical fiction?

Letter to the Editor: Sir Thomas More.
12 January 2009
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J. Clifford Jones,
Reader
University of Aberdeen,
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I have for a very long time had an interest in Sir Thomas More and
was therefore most interested to read of his being a victim of sudden
hair whitening in the article on that topic in JRSM [1]. This and the fact
that it occurred ‘in reaction to the sentence of execution’ is a
worthwhile addition to information on this personage.

I might be permitted to point out that the name is spelt ‘Moore’ in
the article. He was of course Sir Thomas More. However, it is believed
that there are persons named ‘Moore’ amongst his descendants, so the
extra ‘o’ was taken on at some stage!

Reference.

[1] Skellett A.M., Millington G.M.W., Levell N.J. ‘Sudden whitening
of hair: an historical fiction?’ Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
101 (12) 574-576 (2008)

J.C. Jones DSc, FIChemE, FRSC
Fellow, RSM
Reader in the School of Engineering
University of Aberdeen.


Essay:

How the public is being misled about complementary/alternative medicine

Ernst (1 November 2008)

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EBM and CAM
20 December 2008
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David M Griffiths,
Chief Executive, Ecas
Fellow RSM

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How wonderful to have “Confusion in Equal Measure”, “Evidence-based
medicine” and “How the public is being misled about
complementary/alternative medicine” all published close together. A
couple of years ago Ecas, a charity working with people with physical
disabilities, did some work using aromatherapy on the long-stay wards of a
hospital. I have no evidence to explain why it made people feel and sleep
better; all I know is that the patients said they felt relaxed afterwards
and they slept better. So it was not EBM.

However, we encouraged the NHS to use endowment funds, not public
funds, to expand the service as it made patients feel better. The
response from the medical profession was depressing and contradicts Edzard
Ernst’s assertion that there is no evidence that the establishment wishes
to suppress CAM. An FRS, no less, wrote to a national paper thus “Of
course some people will be cheered up by nice smells, but where do you
stop? I expect some people would love Chanel Number 5 on the NHS too.” and
from a Consultant Clinical Scientist “The truth is that virtually no
scientists believe aromatherapy works, because the evidence does not
exist” and “I do not doubt for a moment that having one’s feet massaged is
a distraction from the effects of illness, in which case let us admit
court jesters to the wards.” Hardly ringing endorsements from the
professionals.