Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nardi on Homeopathy at Miller-McCune

here, I cite from an excellent skeptical article regarding homeopathy nonsense [see 001., below]:

001. Peter M. Nardi writes in "Homeopathy Not All It’s Quacked Up To Be" [2011-03-31]:

"in February, magician James Randi [...] the founder / chair of the James Randi Educational Foundation, which promotes critical thinking by investigating paranormal and supernatural claims [...] offered $1 million in a challenge to the manufacturers of homeopathic products to prove their claims. He also asked major drugstore retailers to discontinue carrying these 'fake medicines' [...] yet, the money remains [...] unclaimed [...] let’s hear from real scientists. Edzard Ernst [...] scientifically reviews and studies alternative practices [...] his 2009 American Journal of Medicine article with Michael Baum claimed that 'homeopathy is among the worst examples of faith-based medicine' [...] the authors concluded after reviewing numerous studies that 'so far homeopathy has failed to demonstrate efficacy in randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of well designed studies' [...] what are the ethical, moral and public health issues when pushing a homeopathic remedy? [...] being skeptical and thoroughly investigating remedies that defy physics and chemistry can help you avoid taking homeopathic substances that may be safe but not effective. More importantly, these treatments could prevent you from ones that actually work. Figuring out what works best with established scientific methodologies is the million-dollar question worth pursuing."

Note: hear, hear.  The original article has a bunch of hot-links to what is being discussed.
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