Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Scotland: Homepathy is Folly

here, more bad news for homeopathy:

001. at Scotland, Alastair Brian writes in "Comment: Spending NHS Cash on Homeopathy is Unforgivable Folly" (2016-02-10):

"holistic therapies on the NHS [...such as] Scotland’s only homeopathic hospital, the Centre for Integrative Care in Glasgow [...] Scottish health boards spend £1.8m a year on homeopathy [...which] is widely considered ‘pseudoscience’ and has been debunked by a number of studies [...] if almost all scientific studies into the practice have shown no efficacy and the body representing doctors is opposed to NHS funding, why is homeopathy given taxpayer’s money? [...]";

good question.

"the National Health and Medical Research Council [...which is] a recent Australian [...] comprehensive report reviewed 225 research papers on homeopathy, and came to the conclusion that homeopathy was not effective at treating any condition [...] 'there are no health condition[s] for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective' [...]";

there just be placebo and confounds.

"the British Medical Association [...] Chairman [...] Dr. Peter Bennie, said: 'the BMA in Scotland believes there should be no further NHS funding for homeopathy [...] we believe that finite NHS resources should only be used to support medicines and treatment that have been shown to be effective' [...]";

hear, hear.

Friday, February 5, 2016

ND Bailey Refutes The Essentially Naturopathic's Scientific Status

here, an ND states the vitalistic supernaturalism that is at the heart of naturopathy:

001. in Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, Bailey, S.A. (ND NCNM 1983) states in "Transitions: The Philosopher's Stone, Pt 3" (2016-01):

"naturopathic medicine holds that there exists a Vis in nature, and a spirit, soul, or personality in all people [...] when we speak of spirit, we are speaking of a much bigger Vis - an energetic presence that is largely identified by our faith and our observations of events, but which remains outside of any scientific identification or measurement [...] we work to elevate the Vis and we recognize its fading moments [...]";

so, there is vitalism supernaturalism as the BASIS of naturopathy.  Yet, naturopathy claims SCIENCE as a category, such as at UB and NUHS.  And science excludes such.  Licensed falsehood marches on.

British Columbia ND Strauss Sanctioned: "For Having Purchased and Injected Counterfeit Products"

here, an ND's pharmaceutical shenanigans in Canada:

001. at, in "Maple Ridge Naturopath Fined by College" (2016-02-05), Neil Corbett reports:

"a naturopathic physician with an office in Maple Ridge has been fined $10,000 and given other sanctions from the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C.  In addition to the fine, Dr. Allan Strauss [...of]  the clinic Salveo Naturopathic and Skin Care [...] had his practice suspended from Oct. 18 to 25, and was reprimanded for having purchased and injected counterfeit products into patients without notifying them. He heads, practicing in family medicine and cosmetics, at Westgate Center in west Maple Ridge. He agreed to complete a six-week correspondence course in ethics for naturopathic doctors [...] the college investigated, after it received a written complaint form Health Canada alleging that Strauss had imported and used the non-sterile, counterfeit, injectable product in his practice";

NDs get sanctioned, so often, only when it shines exterior light on their innards.   As I said in the comments section to the above page: "with all the oral homeopathy and 'biopuncture' that they do, aka homeopathic injections, aren't those counterfeit pharmacy too? Won't see themselves sanctioning themselves about that..."

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 on Homeopathy: "Frustratingly Absurd"

here, another schwack-a-shellacking of homeopathy, the pseudopharmaceutical:

001. at, Jennifer Harrison, Science Officer" writes in "Homeopathy: the Air Guitar of Medicine" (2016-02-03):

"homeopathy is an alternative medicine [...] I’ve received death threats pretty much every time I’ve ever written about homeopathy [..and] it doesn’t work [...] it doesn’t even work [...] any alternative medicines are a bit silly [...] none are as frustratingly absurd as homeopathy [...] homeopathy is the air guitar of medicine. It’s nice to pretend, but it’s not the real thing";

hear, hear.