here, I provide a very partial transcript of a recent Skeptics Guide to the Universe episode regarding Friends of Science in Medicine and Australian homeopathy:
001. "The Skeptics Guide #348 - Mar 17 2012" states:
"[the section is titled] Defending Science in Australia [...and begins at 00.22.40]
[per Richard Saunders] the Friends of Science in Medicine [...] a group of concerned scientists and citizens [...concerning] the ongoing waste of time and money and resources [...] courses in [...] nonsense. And I don't use that term lightly [...] hardcore nonsense [..] iridology, homeopathy, reiki, reflexology [which is hugely 'what naturopaths do in Australia!!!'...] Australian Skeptics [...] think this is a wonderful idea [...] we are supporting them [...] but what an important initiative it is and man haven't the opposition, the quacks, been quacking loudly about this [...] the alternative medicine [...like] homeopaths [...offering] false balance [...aka] the flat earth [...claiming it's] scientifically proven [...and] effective [...it's usually a] Gish galloping [...but specifically regarding homeopathy] there's nothing in it [...it] has no ingredients [...] it's a lie, it's a sham, it's a scam [or you could say sCAM, 'so called complementary and alternative MEDICINE']. If it were any other product it would be illegal to do this [...but] homeopathy gets a free pass [medicine without medicine! -- 'so-called']
[...Steve Novella] why is this being supported and taught as if it were legitimate in universities? It becomes an issue of academic standards
[...RS] they're failing to uphold the standards of science
[...and SN mentions the] utter pseudoscientific nonsense that your university is teaching."
Note: not new ground, but interesting. Hear, hear.