Monday, December 21, 2015

Consumer Reports @washingtonpost.com: Homeopathy Doesn't Work

here, more bad news for fake pharmacy aka homeopathy:

001. in the washingtonpost.com article "Homeopathic Drugs: No Better Than Placebos?" (2015-12-21) attributed to author "Consumer Reports [...aka] Consumers Union of the United States", we're told:

"[in a drugstore,] homeopathic remedies may be sitting right next to conventional over-the-counter drugs. But there are important differences between the two. OTC drugs contain active ingredients that the Food and Drug Administration has reviewed for safety and effectiveness. Homeopathics are sold without those reviews [...] unlike with prescription drugs and the active ingredients in OTC products, which are reviewed for safety and effectiveness before they’re made available to the public, the FDA doesn’t require makers of homeopathics to submit evidence that their products work or are safe to use [...]";

ah, the great loop-hole and simultaneous equation = consumer confusion.

"homeopathy [...is] based on [...] 'like cures like' [...and] the more diluted the 'active' ingredient, the greater its benefit [...and] according to Marvin M. Lipman, Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser, these tenets don’t make much sense. 'The concepts behind homeopathy are irrational and defy our understanding of the laws of nature' [...]";

hear, hear.   Yet, it is baked-into naturopathy, which markets itself as "natural" medicine.  Therein, "natural" is not much of a label, and well, I'd prefer it be said that "the laws of nature" are what we best know as "reality."

"[and here comes the PAIN] after reviewing 176 studies, the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia this year found that homeopathics worked no better than placebos, concluding that 'there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective' [...] recent and scientifically rigorous trials don’t support homeopathy [...] Consumer Reports’ medical experts conclude that homeopathic preparations are no more effective than a placebo [...]";

and so another round of nails get hammered into the homeopathy coffin. 

002. meanwhile, to this day:

the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians calls homeopathy a "medicinal science" on its web pages, and the NPLEX, the ND licensure exam for North America, falsely terms homeopathy as categorically "clinical science." 

licensed falsehood, and naturopathy's science-denialism racket, marches on.
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