Thursday, September 24, 2015

@commonspace.scot: Homeopathy is a Waste of Money

here, more bad tidings for homepathy on NHS Scotland:

001. at commonspace.scot, in "James McEnaney: Why NHS Scotland Should Stop Wasting Money on Homeopathy" (2015-09-24):

"over the weekend a story was published by The Scotsman which, by all rights, should have provoked a far stronger response.  The revelation, for those who missed it, is this: NHS Scotland is spending nearly £2m a year on funding for the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital (also known euphemistically as the Centre for Integrative Care) [...]";

hear, hear.

"homeopathy was invented in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann [...] there is no evidence that combinations of magic water and sugar tablets are an effective form of healthcare [...] it is, in no uncertain terms, quackery [...] large-scale analysis of all available data has repeatedly found no evidence that homeopathy offers anything other than a placebo effect [...] homeopathy has been described as "'witchcraft' by members of the British Medical Association and dismissed by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the grounds that there is 'no evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition' [...] when offered through the NHS these 'treatments' are used alongside real medicine, but this arrangement simply legitimises pseudo-science more generally, increasing the likelihood of people rejecting genuine medical care altogether in favour of baseless and exploitative advice from a homeopathist (or, to use the proper scientific term, charlatan) [...]";

hear, hear, hear.
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