Monday, September 10, 2012

Jeremy Hunt, Homeopathy Nonsense, and If So Naturopathy Too

here, I've excerpted from three articles citing criticism of the new UK minister's stance regarding homeopathy [see 001., below]; then, because North American naturopathy quite nonsensically labels homeopathy science, oh how easy it is to show naturopathic health fraud! [see 002., below]:

001. sources via

001.a. Steven Salzberg at writes in "New British Minister of Health Believes in Magic Potions" (2012-09-10):

"the new British Minister of Health, Jeremy Hunt, is a firm believer in homeopathy, which treats disease using magic water solutions [...] within hours, Tom Chivers, a science editor at the Telegraph, reported on Hunt’s belief in homeopathy: 'the man put in charge of the nation’s health policy is on record as supporting spending public money on magic water to cure disease [...] this is not unlike putting someone who thinks the Second World War began in 1986 in charge of the Department of Education' [...] homeopathy is one of the most absurd, wildly implausible forms of quack medicine [...] homeopathy is founded on two basic notions, both of them dead wrong: infinitely diluted substances are more potent than substances at higher concentrations, and 'like cures like', meaning that if a substance causes a symptom, you can use that substance to cure the symptom [...] homeopathy is simply magical thinking.  There has never been a shred of scientific evidence to support it, and the British Medical Association declared in 2010 that homeopathy is witchcraft."

Note: ouch!  I prefer the full "magic beans and unicorn tears" to fully mock homeopathic dumb-assed-ness.

001.b. the AP reports in "New British health Chief Causes Dismay With Homeopathy Views, Dubbed 'Minister for Magic'" (2012-09-06):

"Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s new health minister [...] in 2007 [...] signed a motion welcoming the 'positive contribution made to the health of the nation' by homeopathy and called for the government to actively support it [...] a practice that many experts liken to snake oil [...] many scientists view homeopathy as modern day quack medicine [...] the U.S. government has stopped paying for studies of homeopathic treatments [...] a 2010 report from a House of Commons science committee recommended the government stop paying for homeopathy [...] the magazine New Scientist labeled him 'the new minister for magic' [...] 'this is a jump back into the last century,' said Edzard Ernst, an emeritus professor at Exeter University. 'We need someone who believes in science and evidence for a health secretary, and that is not compatible with believing in homeopathy' [...] Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, Britain’s leading independent scientific academy, said [...] 'it could be that in his new position he will read more thoroughly [...] if we are to make the case for evidence-based medicine, then there shouldn’t be any homeopathy'";

Note: hear, hear.

001.c.  the Guardian states in "Jeremy Hunt Under Fire For Stance on NHS Tribute, Homeopathy and Abortion" (2012-09-04):

"new health secretary Jeremy Hunt is under fire for backing the use of homeopathy to treat illnesses [...] leading scientists have [...] questioned Hunt's suitability to be responsible for the NHS because he endorses homeopathy, which many scientists believe has no value and is a waste of NHS funds [...] Professor Sir John Krebs, professor of zoology at Oxford University and former head of the Food Standards Agency [...said] 'there is overwhelming evidence that homeopathic medicine is not effective. It would be a real blow for those who want medicine to be science-based if the secretary of state were to promote homeopathy because of his personal beliefs'."

002. meanwhile, in naturopathyland -- the land of the naturopathillogical [copyright ME!] -- this simple web search of >naturopathy homeopathy "from the sciences"< reveals such marketing falsehood jems as [from the first page of results; this is one of my favorite searches!]:

002.a.  Purcell, A. (ND SCNM 2002) who tells us at her naturopathic commerce site in "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" [vsc 2012-09-10]:

"naturopathic physicians treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, nutritional supplementation, botanical medicine, homeopathy, counseling, hydrotherapy, and naturopathic manipulation to name a few."

Note: and that is clinical false commerce.

002.b. the University of Minnesota [apparently quite the short-bus of the university realm, herein] which states in "Naturopathy" [vsc 2012-09-10]:

"naturopathic medicine is a science-based tradition [...] naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are continually re-examined in the light of scientific advances [...] they cooperate with all other branches of medical science [...] naturopathic students must do extensive coursework in natural therapeutics. This includes therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, botanical medicines, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, lifestyle counseling, and hydrotherapy, which is the use of water to treat a disorder or disease."

Note: and that's quackademic false commerce. 

"naturopathic physicians treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, acupuncture, natural childbirth, and hydrotherapy."

Note: oh how licensed falsehood marches on.
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