And the good news for today is that in Australia, homeopathy is about to have the spotlight placed upon it – to be shown up for the crap it is. This article foreshadows a report by the National Health and Medical Research Council, which concludes 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.
Really? Quelle surprise. Have they not been reading rationalbrain? Or any of the other 5 gazillion books and blogs around the planet which have been saying the same thing? It actually takes very minimal research to draw that conclusion – all you need to do is search for evidence of efficacy (beyond what Aunt Joan said fixed her arthritis) – there is none. Better late than never I guess.
Predictably, a homeo-spokesperson had this to say:
Australian Homeopathic Association president Greg Cope said there was strong evidence to support the practice, including clinical trials that were now being submitted to the NHMRC for consideration.
NOW being submitted to the NHMRC? NOW? What have they been doing for the last hundred and fifty years? And where is all this ‘strong evidence’ – there’s certainly none ever been made available to the public. Or is it the case that the weaker the evidence, the more efficacious the stuff is? (For the uninitiated, that’s a little homeopathy in-joke). And why didn’t the UK House of Commons study, which found of homeopathy that “its principles were ‘theoretically weak’ and ‘scientifically implausible”, have access to this marvellous ‘strong evidence’? Give me a break. Either Greg Cope is seriously delusional, or he is complete and utter liar.
While homeopathy as such is typically not harmful (although I guess you could drown if you had too much in liquid form), there are good reasons for wanting to be rid of it. Firstly, we will avoid illnesses and deaths of people who use homeopathy instead of real medicine. And secondly, if we can get health funds to stop covering this nonsense, then everyone’s health insurance premiums should decline.
Dead therapy walking.