News

The two sisters sat in the airport lounge, waiting for their flight to Kerala. It was delayed. They were keen to get going. Their mother had died the day before and they were going to settle her affairs. “She had a good life. She lived to 97,” explained one of the sisters. “You know what her secret was? Coconuts.”

Letter: Trust us

Sir: Your article "Trust me, I'm a witch doctor" (11 November) trots out the old claims about the dangers of complementary medicine. Acupuncture, homoeopathy and herbalism have serious, professional regulating bodies which will advise whether a practitioner is qualified or not. Better to direct your readers to these bodies than repeat measly scraps of proof that such therapies can be harmful. Why don't you alert your readers to the horrifying number of hospital admissions and deaths each year attributable to the side-effects of drugs so blithely prescribed by doctors?

Health: Trust me, I'm a witch doctor

It's the success story of the Nineties - but complementary medicine could damage your health.

HEALTH: SO, WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES?

Acupuncture: Needles in the lung area can deflate the lung; over the heart and spinal cord they can cause nerve damage. Also, needles may be "lost" in the body or carry infections. Last year, 60 people in north London were infected with hepatitis B after receiving an obscure form of acupuncture that involved re-injecting their blood.

BMA's `alternative' therapy warning

COMPLEMENTARY AND alternative medicine should be regulated to change the current unacceptable situation where people without training can practice it, the British Medical Association has said.

Sports Letters: Banned aid

Banned aid

Podium: How hypnosis plays tricks on police witnesses

MARK KEBBELL

Health: Just don't ask for evidence

WHICHEVER WAY you look at it, this week marked a watershed in medicine. The British Medical Journal, the most authoritative medical publication in the UK and across much of the world, has launched a guide to complementary medicine.

A Family Affair; `I've six months left of "mum" stuff'

Louise Arthur has terminal cancer. In January of this year she was told by doctors that she had between one and two years left to live. Louise, 28, a former aromatherapist and reflexologist, is married to Tim, 28, a journalist, and they have a three-year-old daughter, Caitlin. The family lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Acupuncture GP suspended

A DOCTOR practising an unorthodox form of acupuncture has been suspended by the General Medical Council after an NHS inquiry linked the treatment to the infection of 60 of his patients with Hepatitis B, writes Mark Rowe.

Medical schools embrace the New Age

TRAINEE DOCTORS are to study New Age therapies as a compulsory part of their medical training. Once derided as crackpot, alternative medicine is to become de rigueur in medical schools.

The Sitter's Tale: James Ivory

New Faces at the National Portrait Gallery: a `sitting' weekend is recalled by one half of Merchant Ivory
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Vietnam & Cambodia
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Bruges
India & Nepal
Japan
Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz
Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London