Tagged: Homeopathy

Homeopathy not the solution for Ebola (or anything else) - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 30, 2014

A petition calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to “test and distribute homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the (Ebola) outbreaks” is unlikely to gain much traction, given that the WHO, in August 2009, made statements indicating that homeopathy was not an effective treatment for diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoea or HIV infection. Unfortunately, Green MP Steffan … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice 2: Time for a Spring Clean - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Oct 11, 2014

In July, I wrote an article on Ethical Pharmacy Practice and Homeopathic No-Jet-Lag. In it, I described the importance of the role pharmacies play in the healthcare system, and their ethical obligation not to mislead consumers or promote ineffective healthcare products. In particular, I described an advertisement I saw in an Auckland pharmacy for a […] … Read More

Ethical Pharmacy Practice and Homeopathic NO-JET-LAG - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Jul 03, 2014

Pharmacies are an integral part of the healthcare industry. They provide a valuable decoupling between the doctor you see for an examination and potentially a prescription, and the institution that stands to profit from the medicine you pay for. Without this separation, there’s the potential for a conflict of interest where the physician examining you […] … Read More

Homeopathy and Anecdotes - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Apr 22, 2014

In the Herald today, a letter to the editor from a Mr Barry Davis was published regarding an article about a recent scientific report on the evidence regarding homeopathy published by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council: Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Clinical Conditions: Evaluation of the Evidence The report evaluated the evidence regarding […] … Read More

Homeopathy Awareness Week: how do you approve a course for something known not to work? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 15, 2014

Homeopathy[1] uses solutions diluted until the active ingredients are no longer present—water basically[2]—to treat illnesses.[3] The premise of homeopathy is so absurd, it opens itself to parody.[4] More seriously, homeopathy has been examined and found to be ineffective with several formal reports saying so. Fellow blogger Siouxsie mentions one such report from the … Read More

Homeopathy Awareness Week - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 14, 2014

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 … Read More

April’s Fool or just plain Fool? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 01, 2014

The number of people who have died in Guinea from Ebola virus infection is now at 78, and Médecins sans Frontières says the country faces an unprecedented epidemic. Two sisters have died in neighbouring Liberia, one of whom had recently returned from Guinea, and Senegal has closed its borders with the west African country. Despite there being no … Read More

Homeopathy and farming; let’s do better, media - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 09, 2014

Today Stuff published a Fairfax NZ News article titled, Homeopathy key for dairy farming couple. Unsurprisingly this has been spread to other sites, including pro-homeopathy sites. Unlike many (most?) articles at Stuff, no means of commenting on this article are available. Let’s quickly look at key problems in this story. We might use … Read More

What's the Difference Between Science & Pseudoscience? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 30, 2013

What’s the difference between science and pseudoscience? Pseudoscience can’t move on when evidence comes along to disprove its ideas; science does. Consider homeopathy, virtually unchanged over the past 200 years. Homeopathy was developed during a time when medicine was anything but evidence based, when common treatments were to bleed the patient or treat them with toxic metal compounds, treatments which … Read More