Sunday, April 24, 2011

New Zealand Herald on Homeopathy: A Quackery Not Evidence- or Science-Based

here, I cite from an editorial in the New Zealand Herald regarding homeopathy [see 001., below]:

001. we're told in "Editorial: Doctors Should Shun Quackery" (2011-04-24):

"in the latest issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal [...] five researchers, from New Zealand and the UK, called on doctors to stop prescribing homeopathic remedies or referring their patients to homeopathic practitioners, on the grounds that such behavior is 'not consistent with the ethical or regulatory requirements of practicing medicine' [...] the lead letter-writer, Tauranga-based medical researcher Professor Shaun Holt [...] reckons homeopathy is the 'nuttiest' of therapies in the CAM canon [...] he wants New Zealand doctors to stop using homeopathy or even referring patients to homeopaths because, he says, referral 'confers a credibility on homeopathy that it does not deserve' [...] doctors work within an evidence-based framework and patients expect their pronouncements and prescriptions to be based in science. There is not a single scientifically conducted trial that shows homeopathy to be effective and it should not be given the blessing - implicit or explicit - of medical practitioners."

Note: hear, hear.
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