Depression is not ‘low mood’: Misleading advice from the Ministry of Health

"#Depression is a state of low mood that affects a person's thought, behaviour, feeling & sense of well-being. One must take up activities that keep him or her boosted in order to cope with depression. #SwasthaBharat #MentalHealth #LetsTalk"....

No, homeopathic pill Gelsemium 200 will not protect you from Nipah virus infection

“Gelsemium 200, Homeopathy medicine for Nipah Virus, Weekly 3 doses for 3 weeks. It can protect you from the virus. Please do share it with your friends and family...May you all be safe”Following the outbreak of Nipah Virus infection, a message h...

Do the AYUSH based treatments for autism stand up to scientific scrutiny?

Alternative treatments Ayurveda, Siddha, Naturopathy, Yoga & Homeopathy are being increasingly promoted as the legitimate and only treatments for Autism by the ministry of AYUSH, a government body, and private practitioners such as Dr. Batra’s cl...

Is Homeopathy an effective form of treatment?

Samuel Hahnemann, born on the 10th of April 1755 in Meissen, a small town in Eastern Germany was the father of homeopathy whose ideas have been documented, referred to and practised upon widely by the world’s homeopathic practitioners. He has written...

Scientific research ascertains mercury toxicity but Sadhguru continues to endorse it for Indian traditional medicines

The Union cabinet of India approves the ratification of Minamata Convention on mercury to ban its usage. Sadhguru (Isha foundation) endorses mercury use in Ayurveda and Siddha medicines. Sadhguru indulges in pseudoscience on mercury where he c...

Why is it dangerous for AYUSH practitioners to prescribe modern medicine?

On October 25th, 2017, a pair of quacks running a hospital were held on charges of medical negligence after a woman died in their facility. Later, on November 15th, 2017, a 16 year old girl died following an injection administered by alleged quack in...
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Are AYUSH supported BGR-34 and IME-9 drugs safe and effective for diabetes?

In November 2014, the Modi govt. created a new ministry called the AYUSH, which stands for the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, with Shripad Yesso Naik appointed as the AYUSH minister of state (Independent C...
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P-500 Paracetamol tablet doesn’t contain Machupo virus, hoax shared over 270,000 times on Facebook

A social media hoax that has been viral since early 2017 and has been denounced multiple times continues to be viral on Facebook and WhatsApp. The text of the hoax states, "URGENT WARNING! Be careful not to take the paracetamol that comes written P-5...
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An eye injury in Haryana that almost led to blindness from using cow urine treatment

¨A 24-year-old male presented with complaints of pain, difficulty in opening and blurred vision in both eyes for the last 48 hours. The symptoms had started right after instillation of some eye drops by a village quack. These eye drops were proposed ...

How a Fake ISIS threat was used to market pseudoscience

Dr. Mukesh Harilal Shukla, who claims to have studied B.Com (HA College of Commerce, Ahmedabad), and later an MD and PhD in Alternative Medicines (see the prerequisite for these courses here) is a bio-herbal research scientist based in Ahmedabad, G...

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