Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ernst on Homeopathy Awareness Week: Its Last Stand?

Edzard Ernst, "professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter," writes in "Homeopathy Awareness Week: Is This the Homeopaths' Last Stand?" (2010-06-14):

"[this week] British homeopaths are celebrating Homeopathy Awareness Week [...] earlier this year, a report from the Commons Science and Technology Committee concluded that the principles of homeopathy are implausible and that the evidence fails to show that it works better than placebo. The MPs also criticized homeopaths for trying to mislead the public by providing inaccurate information [...] last month, the British Medical Association described homeopathy as 'witchcraft' [...] homeopathy's fortunes have been crumbling for quite some time [...] in 2005, The Lancet even pronounced 'the end of homeopathy' [...] even as homeopaths celebrate their 'awareness week,' bloggers and skeptics – enthused by their success on the chiropractic front – might already be considering action against any unsubstantiated claims made by UK homeopaths. This could truly be the end of homeopathy [act II!]."

Note: speaking of inaccurate information, North American naturopathy, immune from developments in medical science and reason -- after all, they do still falsely label their essential vitalism "science" when truly discarded for more than several decades by science -- even now labels homeopathy science.

E.g., Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine states in "Frequently Asked Questions":

"Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine’s curriculum is science based and comprehensive. It offers a solid foundation in the basic sciences [...] the main healing modalities for an ND include [...] homeopathy."

So, with naturopathy, what is witchcraft, implausible, and doesn't work is a main method of treatment.
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