Saturday, February 21, 2015

Homeopathy is Scientifically Insolvent - McGill's Schwarcz at Montreal Gazette

here, a snippet from a recent criticism of a University of Toronto study on homeopathy nonsense:

001. Joe Schwarcz writes in "The Right Chemistry: Why Would Anyone Think a Homeopathic Remedy Would Help with ADHD?" (2015-02-21):

"academic freedom is sacrosanct in universities. Researchers must be free to pursue their ideas, be they conventional or peculiar. But academic freedom also includes the freedom of others to question those ideas, and scholastic consideration dictates that those questions be addressed, especially when they are posed in a courteous letter signed by 90 scientists and physicians from around the world, including two Nobel laureates [...] to Heather Boon, Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and focused on a study she was organizing to investigate the use of homeopathic preparations in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children [...]";

WOW!  That's a lot of heat. Here's her page.

"those of us who signed the letter, along with the vast majority of the scientific community, believe that numerous studies have concluded that the effects of homeopathy do not extend beyond a placebo response [...] homeopathy, a practice that has no scientific plausibility [...] a scientifically insolvent notion."

hear, hear.
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