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posted by CoolHand on Sunday February 21 2016, @09:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the whatever-works-or-doesn't dept.

Another nail in the coffin of Medicine's own Zombie reveals

Professor Paul Glasziou, a leading academic in evidence based medicine at Bond University, was the chair of a working party by the National Health and Medical Research Council which was tasked with reviewing the evidence of 176 trials of homeopathy to establish if the treatment is valid.

A total of 57 systematic reviews, containing the 176 individual studies, focused on 68 different health conditions - and found there to be no evidence homeopathy was more effective than placebo on any.

Still it persists, not only in the UK but also in the US. And a simple google search about health insurance payments for homeopathy will reveal that the homeopathy industry is very busy writing long winded explanations of how to con your insurance company into covering homeopathy.
(Key trick: have your homeopath recommend a Nurse Practitioner which have prescription authority in many states, and who will write you a prescription for homeopathy along with a statement of medical necessity).

Professor Glasziou writes in his BMJ Blog:

One surprise to me was the range of conditions that homeopathy had been evaluated in, including rheumatoid arthritis, radiodermatitis, stomatitis (inflammation of the mouth) due to chemotherapy, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. What subsequently shocked me more was that organizations promote homeopathy for infectious conditions, such as AIDS in Africa or malaria.

One wag posted to the Blog comments:

Prof Glaziou, I've been washing a homeopathy bottle every day for the last month, but the residue just keeps on getting stronger. Any advice?


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  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 21 2016, @12:38PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 21 2016, @12:38PM (#307733)

    See: "Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why."
    http://www.wired.com/medtech/drugs/magazine/17-09/ff_placebo_effect?currentPage=all [wired.com]

    And many drugs have nasty side effects and are even less effective:
    http://www.pdfernhout.net/to-james-randi-on-skepticism-about-mainstream-science.html [pdfernhout.net]

    First do no harm...

    And many homeopaths provide counseling about nutrition and lifestyle issues that underlie most illness.

    That is part of why mainstream medicine needs to put them out of businesses to ensure its profits:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexner_Report#Impact_on_Alternative_Medicine [wikipedia.org]

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 21 2016, @03:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 21 2016, @03:26PM (#307774)

    Studies have shown that drugs used in conventional medicine are safe and effective.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB123672510903888207 [wsj.com]

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 21 2016, @04:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 21 2016, @04:48PM (#307792)

    Yesterday my dad took a IV of poison. It is either that or let the cancer kill him (chemical exposure).

    Dose makes the poison. A couple of grains of salt will not kill you. Much like a couple of puffs on a cigarette will not instantly give you cancer. However, if you weigh yourself in kg and then take that times 3 you will have the amount of salt you have to eat in 1 sitting to probably kill you. Much like smoking 2 packs a day will pretty much give you cancer.

    http://whs.rocklinusd.org/documents/Science/Lethal_Dose_Table.pdf [rocklinusd.org]

    • (Score: 2) by art guerrilla on Sunday February 21 2016, @10:46PM

      by art guerrilla (3082) on Sunday February 21 2016, @10:46PM (#307905)

      so, weight = 90 kilos X 3 = 270 kilos,
      so if i eat 270 kilos of salt a day, i will die ? ? ?
      all righty then, i'll shoot for keeping it under 250 kilos/day ! !!