Today Tonight does a number on the homeopathy scam

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Every now and again there’s a small ray of sunshine through the  darkness that is ‘alt med’.

Well done to Richard Saunders of the Australian Skeptics for approaching Today Tonight with this story, and well done to Today Tonight for following it up. And they did it well, too.

Here it is:

Unfortunately, it’s all been said and written before, but it’s refreshing to have it on a ‘mainstream’ and generally credulous show like TT.

Perhaps the only new thing we learned was that our Therapeutic Goods Administration is looking at how homeopathic remedies are being marketed – and hopefully will ensure that they are not presented as medicine.

I always get a chuckle as proponents try to justify/explain how homeopathy works. The poor spokeswoman in this instance had to resort to “one day quantum physics will be able to explain how it works“. Oh my, that’s desperation. And please, before worrying about how it works, let’s all realise that is doesn’t work in the first place – there’s nothing to explain.

Once again, kudos to Richard Saunders and Today Tonight.


6 thoughts on “Today Tonight does a number on the homeopathy scam

    Reservoir Dad said:
    May 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    HA. Homeopathy is just plain embarrassing. If only you could dilute stupidity 30c.

    Blamer .. said:
    May 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    That’s great! Gullibility can be homeopathically cured by an infinitesimal dose of Today Tonight.

    rationalbrain said:
    May 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    By that, I take it that you are referring to the homeopathic principle of ‘like cures like’, and that TT = Gullibility? Nice observation.

    Elaine said:
    July 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    The following response has been edited by Rationalbrain prior to publication. The only changes have been to remove details on how to complain to the authorities about the unfair treatment of homeopathy.

    A full response to this comment is also provided here

    Lets hear from the AHA about balanced journalism and interview some patients that have received benefits- be it placebo or otherwise.
    I’m all for skeptical criticism, but against witch hunts. The use of homeopathic caffeine in the TT story was certainly not a reasonable example of how homeopathic ND’s would use or prescribe that product.

    The Australian Health Ethics Committee which is part of the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has recently released a draft public statement on homeopathy stating that “it is unethical for health practitioners to treat patients using homeopathy, for the reason that homeopathy (as a medicine or procedure) has been shown not to be efficacious.” This statement was supported by only three references, one of which was the findings of the flawed UK Science & Technology report (1). The other two references being the American Medical Association 2006, report of the Council of ethical & Judicial Affairs (2) & the World Health Organisation 2009 report, safety issues in the preparation of homeopathic medicines (3). It is clearly evident that the NHMRC’s position statement is based on extremely scanty evidence & moreover it seems it has not done its own investigation, very disappointing considering this is Australia’s primary medical research body. Refer Consultation Draft attachment.

    The NHMRC did not consult with any homeopathic organisations before the release of its draft public statement. The Australian Homeopathic Association (AHA) (which represents most non-medical professional homeopaths), the Australian Medical Fellowship of Homeopathy (which represents medical doctors) & many independent homeopaths have recently lodged formal complaints with the NHMRC & presented an extensive evidence base to support ethical homeopathic practice.

    While the immediate aim of the NHMRC is to stop homeopathic health fund rebates no doubt its long-term goal is to create negative publicity & misinformation in the public arena which will in turn have a knock-on effect to undermine credibility & public confidence in homeopathy. This draft public statement was discovered accidently in mid May by a homeopathic colleague!! How ironic it is that a health ethics committee could have such unethical communication. The cut off date for submissions to the NHMRC has passed (July 1st 2011)

    Please make an official complaint & encourage anyone interested in pursuing justice, fairness and balanced medicine including homeopathy to do so also by emailing or writing to [details redacted]

      rationalbrain said:
      July 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Thanks for your comment.
      I’ve taken the decision to edit it before publication, as I don’t want this site to be a forum for what I believe to be nonsense, sorry.
      But happy to have the discussion, and have raised a new post here.

    Homeopaths still pushing uphill « rationalbrain said:
    July 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    […] received a comment on this earlier post, andI think it is worth sharing, front and […]

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