Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds

Of course homeopathy is just placebo -- they are selling you a bottle of distilled water, for goodness sakes. But why do people go to homeopaths? (And why does the National Health Service of Great Britain pay for it?) Well, unlike actual physicians, a homeopath will actually sit down with you and listen to you talk about your symptoms. In other words, they will pay attention to you and treat you like a human being. Maybe if physicians tried that, they wouldn't have so much competition from quacks.

Guardian

"Homeopathy is based on the belief that “like cures like” and that the dilution of a medicine – homeopaths call the process “potentiation” – renders it not weaker but stronger. As both of these assumptions fly in the face of science, critical thinkers have always insisted that few things could be more implausible than homeopathy.
But plausibility is not everything. In Exeter, we conducted trials, surveys and reviews of homeopathy in the faint hope that we might discover something important. What we did find was sobering
 
  • Our trials failed to show that homeopathy is more than a placebo.
  • Our reviews demonstrated that the most reliable of the 230 or so trials of homeopathy ever published are also not positive.
  • Studies with animals confirmed the results obtained on humans.
  • Surveys and case reports suggested that homeopathy can be dangerous.
  • The claims made by homeopaths to cure conditions like cancer, asthma or even Ebola were bogus.
  • The promotion of homeopathy is not ethical.

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