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Margaret McCartney: Charities should respect evidence

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3336 (Published 25 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3336
  1. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner
  1. Glasgow
  1. margaret{at}margaretmccartney.com

Being well off and well connected is no barrier to a belief in nonsense. In fact, the more money you have, the easier it seems for healthcare professionals to liberate you from it.

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s premier, created a new science post at cabinet level and is willing to explain quantum computing to a press pack.1 But even he undergoes cupping,2 an evidence-free complementary therapy used by self styled lifestyle gurus such as Gwyneth Paltrow.3 Reading systematic reviews, I despair at the lack of adequate evidence for this intervention.4

A recent supplement in the Financial …

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