Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Homeopathy on the NHS 2013 is Madness Says Scientist (So to Speak)

here, I cite from a recent Telegraph.co.uk article regarding homeopathy and science:

001. Richard Gray reports in "Homeopathy on the NHS is 'Mad' Says Outgoing Scientific Adviser" (2013-04-09) [my comments are in unquoted bold]:

"Professor Sir John Beddington criticised the Government for ignoring his advice against the use of homeopathic remedies by GPs and NHS run hospitals.  Sir John, who retired as chief scientific adviser to the Government on April 1, expressed frustration that ministers had continued to allow taxpayers money to be used to fund such treatments despite them having 'no scientific basis' [...]";

hear, hear.

"homeopathy [...] costs the NHS between £4 million and £12 million a year [...and] the Prince of Wales is among the advocates of homoeopathy [...]";

but, we all know that the Royals are douches.

"[homeopathy] has been widely debunked by the medical community [...]";

actually, more specifically, by the SCIENTIFIC community.

"Sir John said  [...homeopathy] has no underpinning of scientific basis.  'In fact all of the science points to the fact that it is not at all sensible' [...] the scientific consensus [...] is that homoeopathic treatments only work through the placebo effect, where patients experience an improvement in their condition despite not being given any active ingredient or medical treatment [...]";

hear, hear.

"the British Medical Association has described homoeopathy as 'witchcraft' [...]"; 

hear, hear.

"[and] Professor Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical office, described it as 'rubbish' [...]";

ditto.

"the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee also concluded in 2010 that the 'government should stop allowing the funding of homeopathy on the NHS' [...]";

yes they did, after much charity in terms of discussion.
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