Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kroll Homeopathy, the "Deceptive Ruse of a Belief System Masquerading as Medicine"

here, I comment upon an article at regarding homeopathy:

001. at, pharmacist David Kroll writes in "Pharma Critic Skewers Homeopathy At FDA Hearing" (2015-04-22):

"yesterday, the FDA completed a two-day hearing to solicit opinions on whether and how to adjust their current enforcement policies to reflect the growth in the homeopathic marketplace [...aka this] obsolete codification of homeopathy [...] products that are essentially wildly-overpriced vials of water or dried balls of sugar [...this] the deceptive ruse of a belief system masquerading as medicine [...] the tide is turning in the U.S. against pseudoscience and the idea that freedom to make health decisions does not authorize medical chicanery [...]";

hear, hear.

"the agency appears to have catered to the homeopathic industry [...]";

that's a surprise!

"only three of the two dozen presenters were from science-based critics of homeopathy [...] despite the formalization of homeopathy as a system of alleged medical practice, with authoritative sounding societies and training programs, one must suspend the laws of physics, biology, and chemistry to even propose that homeopathic products are capable of any therapeutic benefit beyond a placebo [...]";

strange, since homeopathy claims to survive scientific scrutiny! And, as is said, extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence.

"no convincing evidence exists for the effectiveness of homeopathic products [...] homeopathy is an elaborate placebo dressed up in labeling guidelines drafted in the 1930s and treatment settings where practitioners listen to their clients longer than in authentic medical practice [...] Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, a pharmacology professor at Georgetown University [...] a vocal critic of the pharmaceutical industry [...stated] 'lastly, the evidence for homeopathy’s effectiveness is between scant and nil; this picture has become much more clear over the past 20 years [...] benefits attributed to homeopathy [...] disappeared when the analysis was restricted to high‐quality trials [...] it is misleading to sell homeopathic remedies alongside conventional OTC drugs. Allowing homeopathic remedies to sit side‐by‐side with conventional drugs that have undergone FDA scrutiny as over‐the‐counter drugs is inherently misleading' [...]";

and so homeopathy is dead.
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