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Martin Robbins: Magic potions must not be sold next to real medicines

Homoeopathy is a bizarre relic of the 18th century, a magical ritual cast over water or sugar pills, claiming to create medicines but failing to pass objective testing. In spite of this, a £40m homoeopathic industry prospers in Britain. You can buy homoeopathic vaccines, or go on a homoeopathic diet. Homoeopathic explorers travel to African clinics, claiming to be able to treat Aids. One site even advertises homoeopathic urine for your children, which is taking the, er, mickey.

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Jonathan Brown reports on the teenager transported from poverty to a life of loneliness by his &pound;1.9m windfall

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Liz Hoggard: A morning-after pill is best served without a sermon

I don't expect my pharmacist to impose his or her private scruples

Louis Handschuh: French resistance operative who survived one of the most daring escapes of the Second World War

Louis Handschuh, who has died in Paris aged 89, was one of the last survivors of one of the most remarkable escapes of the Second World War.

James Lawton: The beginning of the end for Tiger? Never write off a great champion

No one knows better than Nicklaus the terrain Woods currently occupies

Profits before patients: The export of prescription medicines

Watchdog ready to warn manufacturers and wholesalers that they face possible legal action

Dressing table: Full stretch

1 Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter

The soothing scent of this lavender "tummy butter", recommended by mums across the country, will send you off to sleep while it works its magic overnight.

£5.14, available at Boots and supermarkets nationwide

It's glam up north: Peter Jensen's whimsical style

Peter Jensen's autumn/winter designs are inspired by the national dress of Greenland &ndash; and have sparked a diplomatic incident, he tells Carola Long

Minor British Institutions: Fisherman's Friends

Almost a century and a half ago, a Fleetwood pharmacist named James Lofthouse developed a menthol and eucalyptus liquid for fishermen to take with them on their excursions into the cruelly cold waters of the North Atlantic.

Erinle: Unlike Shane I'm not going out to razzle-dazzle

Whatever the Nigerian-born centre Ayoola Erinle brings to the England midfield on his first Test start this weekend, it is unlikely to be a kicking game that will leave some of the world's more rounded No 12s – Berrick Barnes of Australia, Luke McAlister of New Zealand, Felipe Contepomi of Argentina – wondering where they went wrong. "What makes you think Ayoola will have to kick the ball?" asked Martin Johnson when asked about the newcomer's lack of an educated right foot. Erinle's fellow centre, Dan Hipkiss, put it another way. "I've kicked twice in my Premiership career," he said with a smile, "so I guess that makes me the one with the boot."

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