Inspiration Event Filmed in India launched today

Battle of Ideas debate: Alternative Medicine is Quackery
July 26, 2010 - PRLog -- WORLDbytes online Citizen TV channel is delighted to launch today an extraordinary and gripping debate on alternative medicine. With top experts in the field arguing their case in front of Indian school students who are taking part in the Debating Matters India final. The debate never fails to engage.

Practitioners of modern medicine demystify and challenge alternative medicine in defence of scientific rigour, testing and the reproducibility of treatments. Advocates of alternative medicine claim a holistic approach which is person specific that can not be validated by conventional methods.

The debate gets heated as professor Simon Wessely points out that he is a practitioner of modern medicine by day but like many parents resorts to homeopathy when he goes home. When one of his children comes home with a bruised knee from the playground he kisses it better, he explains, but he says, “this is not medicine.”

WORLDbytes Director Ceri Dingle said today: As a large percentage of the world still relies on alternative medicines and their use has become popular in the West, this vital and educative debate clarifies what is at stake. It is riveting, challenging and accessible for all ages and levels of medical knowledge. We are privileged to have been asked to edit it and are delighted to provide a platform for such important global material on our Citizen TV channel.

To watch the debate please visit WORLDbytes, the Citizen TV channel at

The edited version of this debate as available on WORLDbytes; may be shared, embedded or downloaded and is copyright free;

Editor’s Notes

WORLDbytes is an alternative on-line Citizen TV channel featuring reports and programmes created by young volunteers. They aim to get behind the headlines and promote a people-first perspective on a wide-range of issues. The programme’s credo is “don’t shout at the telly, change the message on it”. WORLDbytes is run by the education charity WORLDwrite, registered charity number 1060869. The charity’s website address is
For more information and interviews contact:
Viv Regan Email: Tel: +44 (0)7939 449 604 or +44 (0)20 8985 5435
Ceri Dingle Email: Tel: +44 (0)7866 806 918 or +44 (0)20 8985 5435

Debating Matters India is jointly organised by the British Council India and the Institute of Ideas and has successfully completed its second year in India with plans already underway for year three. Debating Matters India 2009/10 is kindly supported by Shell Companies India and The Wellcome Trust. This debate was filmed by Syncline Films PVT Ltd. For further information on Debating Matters India and the UK competition visit

Panellists taking part in this debate:

S. Jalaja  IAS, Secretary, Department of Ayush, Government of India
Additional Secretary (Health); Joint Secretary, National Human Rights Commission. Fellow of the Special Programme on Urban Development of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA.

Ritu Priya  Faculty Member, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Advisor (Public Health Planning) at the National Health Systems Resource Centre under the National Rural Health Mission.  

Dr George Thomas  Orthopaedic Surgeon
George is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon attached to St. Isabel's Hospital. Editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.

Professor Simon Wessely Vice Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College; of Psychological Medicine at the Maudsley Hospitals, London
Honorary Consultant Advisor in  Psychiatry for the British Army, Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research Unit at King’s College London and one of the new Senior Faculty of the National Institute of Health Research.
Chair: Tony Gilland Director, Debating Matters

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