Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ben Goldacre on Homeopathy: Unicorn Tears

here, I briefly cite from the always excellent "Bad Science" column at guardian.co.uk:

Ben Goldacre writes in "In Case of Overdose, Consult a Lifeguard" (2011-02-19):

"at midnight, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority [...] closed its consultation on how it should label homeopathy sugar pills [...] homeopathy pills don't work better than placebo dummy pills in trials [...and] are made by taking one drop of the original substance and diluting it in

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

drops of water, then taking one drop of that solution, which is now just water, and shaking it near some pills, which you then buy to treat an illness [...] it's my view that quacks are welcome to be quacks [...] I have conducted my own consultation online. Here are the [labeling] suggestions [...] 'take as many as you like' since there are no ingredients [...] other suggestions include 'none', 'belief', 'false hopes', 'shattered dreams', and 'the tears of unicorns' [...] 'not to be taken seriously', 'in case of overdose, consult a lifeguard' [...] these label suggestions are clear, unambiguous, and they do not mislead anyone."

Note: meanwhile, naturopathy considers homeopathy "science".
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