Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

Powder Keg

April 8, 2010

I don’t normally do political opinion pieces but recent events in South Africa have prompted an exception. My wife and in-laws are black South Africans so my visits there are not as touristy as those of many European visitors. I like to believe that gives me a bit more knowledge of the country. Probably the same level of knowledge that an Urdu speaker from Lahore would gain about Britain from visiting relatives in Bradford. (more…)

The Pills of Rath

April 17, 2009

[BPSDB]The vitamin-peddlar Matthias Rath tried sueing Ben Goldacre and the Guardian newspaper when Ben reported on his activities. As a result, a chapter on Rath had to be cut from the trade paperback edition of his book. It shows what happens when nutritionistas who pander to the Western worried well apply their notions to the Third World. The activities of Rath and his acolytes and the fact that not one alternative practitioner condemned Rath’s activities shows the rotten-ness at the heart of CAM. Ben and his publishers have made the chapter freely available so if you’ve not read it yet you can here if you wish to (more…)