Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Paul Offit At Medscape on Homeopathy - "Not in Any Sense Science Based"

Paul Offit of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia states in "Science in One Room, Homeopathy in the Next?" (2011-01-11)[vsc 2011-01-11]:

"children's oscillococcinum [...is] a product [...] that is completely, not in any sense, science based, and whose claims are specifically that it treats flu-like symptoms such as feeling rundown, body aches, chills, and fever. These claims are certainly not supported by what's in that product, which is simply 1 g of sugar. The FDA [...] does have the capacity to regulate this if they choose to [...] it is marketed as a drug, and there is a homeopathic pharmacopoeia. I think it's upsetting that there is such a thing as children's oscillococcinum when, in fact, it's just a gram of sugar. You could argue that there is value in something like placebo, given that one then doesn't have to expose a child to cough-and-cold preparations, which certainly do have side effects and can be dangerous [...] it is disconcerting when you see a company that advertises its product as being better than placebo when, in fact, it is placebo."

Note: oh snap.
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