April 10th-16th is World Homeopathy Awareness week, organised by the World Homeopathy Awareness Organisation. April 10th is the birthday of the originator of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann. In case you need reminding what homeopathy is, it is based on Hahnemann’s bizarre doctrine that substances which cause disease symptoms in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people, but only if they have been diluted to such a degree that there is unlikely to be a single molecule of the substance left in the preparation. Oh, and while being diluted, the solution has to be beaten against a bible. In other words, homeopathy is magic water.
This year the focus is on men’s health and I found an interesting presentation on the website of the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths which seems to be suggesting that homeopathy can be used to treat erectile dysfunction, heart-related issues and hypertension. It is just as well then that the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has recently released a draft paper which provides a plain language summary of their assessment of the evidence for homeopathy to treat 68 health conditions. NHMRC’s conclusion?
“There is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective”.
You can see why they reached that conclusion when you peruse the list of scientifically controlled double blind studies which have conclusively demonstrated the efficacy of homeopathy.
I’ll leave you with this wonderful piece on homeopathy by comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb, which I will never tire of watching. And please, in the last few days of this year’s Homeopathy Awareness Week, do your little bit to raise awareness of the fact that homeopathy is nonsense by sharing this post with your friends and family.