Thanks for something sensible and amusing on alternative health junkies (Profile, 12 November). I can't bear nudge-nudge, wink-wink, "we half believe it, we half don't" articles on voguish tripe such as homeopathy, reflexology, Dr Bach flower remedies, iridology and astrology that you find in so much of the normally sensible press these days. I am well aware that much orthodox medicine needs debunking, but alternative therapies like these, treated with (presumably mock) solemnity, make my brain ache. I find a few gin and tonics "ease my psychic pain", but I don't elevate them into a therapy. Please fight trendy irrationality and fashionable absurdity wherever it turns up.

Anne Du Croz
Witney, Oxfordshire

This article first appeared in the 19 November 2001 issue of the New Statesman, And now the trouble really begins