Better late than never – Australia finally gets it on homeopathy

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You knew this would get me back to the typewriter, right?

Bottom line: the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has concluded that:

“…there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective for treating health conditions”

Well, better late than never in coming to the same conclusion that ordinary folk like me have years ago. This excellent article in The Conversation summarises the issue nicely.

So, will health funds stop covering this sort of nonsense and costing the rest of us more? Will the government stop funding universities who teach this quackery?

Well, here’s my tip: Fresh from reinstating knighthoods, the Liberal government will:

  • disband the NHMRC as part of its response to the ‘budget disaster’
  • Replace GP Superclinics with holistic medicine centres because, let’s face it, homeopathy is much more cost effective
  • Increase funding to research into complementary medicine (that is, medicine that doesn’t work), and
  • Make complementary extras in private health care compulsory.

After all, millions of people use homeopathy, right? And millions of people are ‘the market’. And the market is speaking, so let’s get on with it.

Someone has to stand up to these scientists, and the Libs are the ones to do it.

I now look forward to that flood of comments about how misguided I am in disbelieving homeopathy, and being sucked in by the medical industrial complex. I especially look forward to the anecdotes which people cling to to justify wasting money and avoiding actual medical care.

 

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8 thoughts on “Better late than never – Australia finally gets it on homeopathy

    Dan Rea said:
    April 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I actually expected you’d make a dramatic return to the fray after this headline:
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/court-grants-father-right-to-vaccinate-his-children-20140405-365p8.html

      rationalbrain responded:
      April 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Dan, yes, fair call – actually came close, but changed my mind after I realised:
      1. he was complicit in the original decision to not vaccinate, and
      2. he was only worried about the children missing out on extracurricular activities and other socialisation, not their health or the broader public health issue.
      This takes the gloss off this guy – he’s basically missed the point.
      At least the right outcome was achieved, even if for the wrong reasons.
      rb.

    Dan Rea said:
    April 10, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Aww sink my battleship why donchya?
    Well it’s a good precedent I guess.
    Nice blog post.

      rationalbrain responded:
      April 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Well yes, that’s right. At least the courts did the right thing.

    Dan Rea said:
    April 10, 2014 at 9:21 am
    Dan Rea said:
    April 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    First link was broken; presumably this one:
    http://theconversation.com/no-evidence-homeopathy-is-effective-nhmrc-review-25368

    Here’s some more alternative medicine (for skin cancer) on the news today:
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/health/2014/04/10/12/54/man-has-hole-in-head-from-black-salve

      rationalbrain responded:
      April 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks – have fixed the link now. Should test more I guess.
      And yes, that cancer story is pretty gruesome, and underlines the harm that can be done by some of this crap.

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