Malvy Souto

Malvy Souto

Periodista. Escribe de temas económicos y de actualidad. Le encantaría “encontrarle la vuelta al mundo”, aunque el mundo se empeñe en darle la vuelta a ella...

In 2009 the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) issued Resolution No. 261 which included some practices as legitimate within their specialty number 52, known as "Natural and Traditional Medicine"

Are there pseudosciences in Cuba?

For many Steve Jobs is just a name or a good American film. For some, he was a genius of the technology company, creator of devices like Ipad and Iphone. For a few, a patient with a rare pancreatic tumor that luckily in his case could be removed. For almost anyone, he was a man of science who lost his life paradoxically by preferring naturopathic treatments without scientific basis. Steve Jobs was a victim of the so-called pseudo-science, and that is not highlighted in the news. Perhaps this is the most publicized case, but every year in the world lives are lost to the seductive set of theories, covered in a mystical tradition or technological advanced, which are offered as an alternative to traditional medical practice. Such is the case of Canadian boy Tyrell Deck, who died of a treatable bone cancer by the reluctance of parents to chemotherapy in pursuit of "natural products" or the young Italian who was killed by a simple bronchopneumonia treated with homeopathic remedies. Pseudoscience are the knowledge, beliefs or practices that are not governed by experimentation, and instead present concepts supposedly scientific, says the Doctor in Physical Sciences Arnaldo González Arias in his article...

Agricultural markets: They changed all the questions

The alleged re-structuring of the Cuban agricultural market, news of the day in the Cuban press, leaves a strong dose of skepticism. Diversity in food marketing, does not lead to the long awaited pricing system diversity. Now the sales point, retail markets in its four variants, plus the self-employed – vendors or sellers at stands - , will have green light to sell its products according to supply and demand. The regulatory mechanism will be born of a market, and at this point, suffering the effects of inflation. The near horizon points, then, to a double rise of prices of agricultural products. A government economic adviser commented earlier this week that the state does not regulate prices if you consider its decentralization policy in the agricultural sector, while referring to the need for the consumer himself to take over the quality at the time of deciding on the offer. But, what to do in a market that sets a single price for a product, whatever its quality, or in the face of a high-income earner who can afford the product at any price? With this marketing initiative producers win, because they receive the necessary stimulus to continue contributing from the...

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