The remarkable medicinal properties of ………. a pregnant women’s head! Why Unis should stand up for science!

Wow, what a way to wake up this morning. I thought giving a child with behavioural problems homeopathic dog saliva was bad, but I think this will top it. When I scrolled through the news this morning I came across this remarkable article. Two men were sentenced after being caught trying to sell a women’s head as medicine.

Two men found guilty of beheading a pregnant woman and trying to sell her body parts for muti have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Former teacher Edward Raatji and his friend Stanley Mohlake sat in silence in a packed Limpopo High Court, as Judge Matsaro Semenya read out their sentences for the murder of Nthabiseng Mojela. Mojela was beheaded in July 2016 in Mapela village, near Mokopane. Raatji, 54, and Mohlake, 34, were arrested for Mojela’s murder, following a tip-off after they advertised to traditional leaders that they had a human head for sale.”

What can I do about it? Unfortunately, not much, but where there is a market for body parts as medicine, there is bound to be people that believes in its medicinal properties. And when people believe, then you are also bound to find people in a position of power that perpetuates the notion that ineffective substances have magical medicinal properties. So, all I can do is to again insist that Universities protect science and not allow pseudoscientists a foot in the door. I’ve written about the ‘Muti’ trade before and called it at the time a ‘’horror movie” where children are being ripped apart, preferably when they are still alive, because that makes the ‘medicine’ stronger. The fact that there is a trade in human body parts as medicine, or for that matter something such as Rhino horn, should be a wake-up call for scientists. And again, when scientists allow pseudoscientists a foot in the door (by keeping quiet about it) this sort of stuff is what you can expect – and it will only get worse. What am I on about? Well, the World Health Organisation (WHO). They should work towards taking the magic out of traditional medicine, educate people about real medicine by convincing governments to provide mass education regarding modern healthcare.

Unfortunately, some universities have allowed pseudoscientists a foot in the door. The result? In 2013 the WHO published its much anticipated “Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023”. This 76-page report, funded by China and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine in Hong Kong, unfortunately contains very little or no scientific information. No discussion on the trade and use of body parts or the pseudoscientific principles on which these “medicines” are based. No discussion of any science such as promoting education or improving accessibility and cost effectiveness of science based effective medicines. There is seemingly an inability to accept that specific traditional medicines are ineffective and should not be used.

The whole report revolves around the words “integrate” or “integrative”. This is what this WHO strategy calls for – how to better integrate traditional and complementary medicine, which is mainly based on magic, with mainstream conventional medicine, which is based on science. And this goes for homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, TCM – disproven complementary medicines! I can only speak for myself and then only about the influence of those universities where I worked. This is my way of standing up for science.

I believe that the WHO has been infiltrated by pseudoscientists who promotes disproven and unproven medicines to be integrated into mainstream healthcare. It is as if the Australian based National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) hosted at Western Sydney University has written this WHO report.  The agenda of the NICM? Accept millions of dollars from the CAM industry, lobby regulators including the WHO to give blanket support for all T&CMs, integrate pseudoscience with science and by doing this increase the sales figures of the CAM industry. So, did the NICM write or influence this WHO report?

Who do we find in the acknowledgements section? The Canadian naturopath, Michael Smith, an adjunct of the NICM (a tough week for Canada). The NICM would not be the NICM if they didn’t have a finger in the pie in compiling this WHO report and as stated on the NICM’s website “He was one of the primary technical drafters of the WHO Global Strategy for Traditional & Complementary Medicine (2014-2023) and continues to participate in WHO projects, working groups and consultations notably dealing with the regulation and policy setting related to traditional and complementary medicines.”

If you happen to work at WSU please start to ask questions (or for that matter if you work at any university hosting pseudoscientists). The NICM has been linked with illegally importing rhino horn as medicine, they’ve been linked with the tragic slapping therapy death of a 7yo child (what is better; being ripped apart and being used as medicine or being allowed to slowly and painfully die while your parents believe that what they are giving you is an effective treatment, while it’s clearly not). They are pseudoscientists, with global aspirations, excelling at spreading confusion regarding the effectiveness of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine. And they do it for money – they need to be stopped.

4 thoughts on “The remarkable medicinal properties of ………. a pregnant women’s head! Why Unis should stand up for science!

  1. so are you saying that all homepathic medicines are fake or dont work? i disagree with that as i use traditional native american herbs all the time case in point mullen great herb that grows everywhere here its been used for centuries for asthmatics it works by releasing the glue like substance in your lungs to make expellation easier and it does work and it has other medicinal properties as well but you scientists will quikly throwout any thing that dont fit in with big pharma and your bottom line funding and research monies. maybe look into old remedies and see what they have to offer. but again that wouldnt fuel big pharma and in turn gets science zreo grant money so there you have it


  2. I am very supportive of research into medicinal herbs (that is my background). A very important point to remember is that Homeopathy is NOT herbal medicine and Herbal medicine is not Homeopathy. Many herbs contain useful compounds eg Artemisia annua but highly diluted homeopathic remedies does not contain a single molecule of the starting substance. A homeopath using Artemisia annua according to their principles will yield a completely useless remedy but if you use the herb as is you will derive some benefit from it. Main difference; the former contains nothing the latter contains a measurable quantity of a useful substance.

    The problem is the underlying pseudoscientific principles on which Homeopathy, chiropractic, TCM etc are build and that should be fought.


  3. OMG Frank that is appalling beyond belief. Closely matched to some of the barbarism perpetrated by “witches”in Nigeria. Thank you for your commitment. I’ll try and get some media attention here referencing your article.




    • The role of Unis should be education, and in this case education of the WHO regarding traditional medicines. But unfortunately many Unis have turned into visionless corporations where short term cash is the most important. Warning people about the dangers of ineffective remedies does not make money, but selling it does – and this is unfortunately important for many Unis.

      Not sure if you have seen yesterday’s article about Prof Clive Hamilton’s speech to the US congress about China’s influence in Australia.

      He said that “It is no exaggeration to say that Australian universities now tiptoe over eggshells to avoid any action that may offend party bosses in China,” he told the commission. “Australian universities are now so closely tied into monetary flows and links with China that they have forgotten the founding principles of the Western university.”

      Still a lot of work to do. I am almost finished with my “China Power and Influence part 3” article.


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