Sunday, December 27, 2015

@salon.com: Homeopathy Most-Likely Will Be Banned on UK's NHS

here, more bad news for homeopathy aka pseudopharmacy:

001. we're told by Reynard Loki at salon.com in "The Homeopathy Backlash is On: Alternative Medicine Faces Ban in U.K." (2015-12-24):

"ministers in the United Kingdom recently announced that the National Health Service could ban doctors from prescribing homeopathic remedies. The announcement is a culmination of several years of campaigning by members of parliament who say that the health claims of homeopathy are unproven, their use is a waste of taxpayer money and these remedies should not be supported by the nation’s publicly funded healthcare system [...] homeopathy 'has been extensively studied and conclusively debunked' [...] 'given the finite resources of the NHS, any spending on homeopathy is utterly unjustifiable,' said [...] founder Simon Singh. 'The money spent on these disproven remedies can be far better spent on treatments that offer real benefits to patients' [...] in addition to the recent moves by the U.K. Parliament, Australia’s top body for medical research, the National Health and Medical Research Council, came out against homeopathy with a report issued earlier this year. 'Based on the assessment of the evidence of effectiveness of homeopathy, NHMRC concludes that there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective,' the council wrote [...]";

hear, hear.

"an editorial published in the Journal of Medical Ethics by David Martin Shaw of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow [...] outlined five potential unethical effects of homeopathy: patients may seek homeopathic remedies instead of, rather than as well as, traditional medicine; it is ethically dubious to spend NHS funds on treatment that has no evidence base; homeopathy can involve deceiving the patient; indeed, if the only effect is placebo, it is probable that deception is essential to the practice of homeopathy; support for homeopathy could weaken patient confidence in the NHS, and in science and medicine more generally [...]";

yes, indeed.

002. meanwhile, American naturopathy claims homeopathy is a "medicinal science."  Talk about a lack of ethicality.
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