Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Homeopathy as a Risk - Sir John Beddington in The Guardian

the Guardian's Ian Sample reports in "NHS Funding For Homeopathy Risks Misleading Patients, Says Chief Scientist" (2010-10-27):

"'I have made it completely clear that there is no scientific basis for homeopathy beyond the placebo effect and that there are serious concerns about its efficacy, Professor Beddington [...] the country's most senior scientist [...] told the Commons Science and Technology Committee today [..and] patients are at risk of being misled over the benefits of homeopathy by the government's decision to fund the remedies on the NHS [...] patients might believe homeopathic treatments could protect them against serious illnesses, or treat existing conditions [...but] homeopathic remedies are diluted multiple times to the point that only water is left, while others are essentially sugar pills [...] government funding for homeopathy risked legitimising unproven treatments and that patients could harm their health by choosing these over conventional vaccines and medicines [...] Professor Beddington cited the case of a man who caught malaria after being advised to take a homeopathic preparation to protect against the disease."

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