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The interview
A few weeks ago, I was interviewed by a journalist who wanted to publish the result in a magazine. He now informed me that his editor decided against it, and the interview thus remained unpublished. I have the journalist's permission to publish it here. The journalist who, in my view, was well-prepared (much better than most), prefers to remain unnamed. Q: How would you describe yourself? A: I am a researcher of alternative medicine. Q: Not a critic of alternative medicine? A: Primarily, I am a researcher; after all, I have published more Medline-listed research papers on the subject than anyone else on the planet. Q: You are retired since a few years; why do you carry on working? A: Mainly because I see a need for a critical voice amongst all the false and often dangerous claims made by proponents of alternative medicine. But also because I enjoy what I am doing. Since I retired, I can focus on the activities I like. There is nobody to tell me what to do and what not to do; the latter