Although this clip is a year old it is an interesting glimpse at the state of homeopathy in Canada, where it appears to have a strong hold though clearly, like New Zealand, very few people appear to understand what is in (or more accurately what ISN’T in) homeopathic remedies.
It is good to see the media is investigating homeopathy and consulting scientists about its lack of validity, while also challenging supporters of homeopathy to explain how it “works”.
It is bad to see the Canadian government looking at regulating homeopathic remedies, as this lends undeserved legitimacy to this brand of pseudoscience. This is a similar approach to the way the New Zealand Government is currenty approaching traditional Chinese “medicine”.
And it is just plain ugly to see homeopaths justifying the use of homeopathy to “treat” polio. Although even the homeopath they asked didn’t seem sure, and was happy to make the use of such a remedy a matter of “choice” for the user. The lack of ethics in this statement turns my stomach.
Interviewer – “So this is to prevent polio in kids?”
Homeopath – “Mmm hmmm”
Interviewer – “Instead of a regular vaccine?”
Homeopath – “Umm, possibly … yeah, if that’s what people have chosen”
Excuse me, they are making their choices on YOUR advice. DOn’t try and weasel your way out of being responsible for the consequences of your poor advice!
Interviewer – “You’d be comfortable giving a child that?”
Homeopath – “Yes”
Interviewer – “To prevent polio?”
Homeopath – “Yeah”
Of course homeopaths are not thrilled with this scientific expose’ of their practice. Just check out the comments at this homeopathy resource site. It is, many of them claim, a conspiracy with big pharma behind it. What they seem to be overlooking is that one of the pro-homeopathy speakers was from Boiron, a company with a turnover of 313 million Euros in 2004. Furthermore, this spokesperson in defending her company’s profits, oops I mean homeopathy, made claims that homeopathic remedies contain active ingredients, a claim most homeopathic organisations tend to avoid.
Also, on the homeopathy resource site mentioned above, I noticed that all the comments are positive about homeopathy. It appears they regulate out negative comments. Unlike most science blog sites where opposing views are allowed so that honest debate can occur, this site, like most other pseudoscience site closeted itself away from different views. A further sign of the anti-scientific nature of this practice.
For those making submissions to the Natural Products Bill (submissions close on Feb 24th) it would be a good idea to look at how this Bill treats homeopathy. In Canada, it looks like they rely of the history of homeopathic remedies as evidence of legitimacy.
And for those of you who now feel you need something to laugh at try this one out – how to use homeopathy to speed up your computer.