Tagged: Homeopathy

Alliances of pharmacists & GPs; opportunities to pressure for removal of useless "remedies"? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Apr 06, 2010

Today Elspeth McLean, writing for the Otago Daily Times, reports of a national alliance between pharmacists and general practitioners. She reports that this initiative focuses on improving use of medicines through reducing wastage. Perhaps memoranda of this kind might also be a means that GPs could ask that the ’remedies’ that pharmacists’ … Read More

Medical DIY… - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 18, 2010

You know how the classic scene goes. Naïve ambitious husband describes his Do-It-Yourself plans… and ‘skills.’ Wife stands there, wordless, with ever-widening eyes forecasting a disaster. (Source: Wikipedia.) That’s how precisely researchers and medics feel watching non-medics and non-scientists determined to ’do it their way’ on things that affect others’ lives. Sure, a few will … Read More

Simon Singh, leaving job to deal with chiropractic legal case - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 13, 2010

Science writer and journalist Simon Singh, who faces a libel suit from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) for writing that a number of chiropractic claims of treatment of disorders unrelated to the spinal cord such as asthma were ’bogus’ has written in his column that it will be the last. He is resigning his job in order … Read More

Advertising campaigns: homeopathy or a sceptical series? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 26, 2010

The atheist bus campaign has me thinking... what if there were a similar campaign against homeopathic remedies? Or an on-going series of advertisements questioning dubious practices of all kinds? Fridays are good for day-dreaming, right? NZ Bus seems to have had an attack of tremulous timidity in the face of ’some’ complaints and have withdrawn their … Read More

New Zealand Pharmacy Ethics in Relation to Homeopathy in the Wake of Homeopathy Report - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Feb 24, 2010

Earlier this year I wrote a post (along with fellow Sciblogger Grant) concerning the sale of homeopathic remedies in pharmacies. Monday night saw the release of England’s Science and Technology Committee’s “Evidence Check 2″ report on Homeopathy (also ably covered by Grant). One of the issues covered by the report is that of pharmacy responsibilities [...] … Read More

Homeopathy check-up: Not in the health system, disclaimers on labels - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 23, 2010

Today England's Science and Technology Committee published it's "Evidence Check 2" report on Homeopathy. Overall, it's a resounding "no" to homeopathy. The report comes down hard on UK government agencies relationships to homeopathy and recommends stronger transparency in the commercial sector, too. The report was to look at government policy, particularly the NHS (England's … Read More

Lactose Intolerant - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 11, 2010

The recent stunt by the New Zealand Skeptics Society might be very amusing, but it fails to add much to the debate on homeopathy. The skeptics swallow large amounts of homeopathic remedy to attempt to show its overall uselessness. Unfortunately, this demonstration is no more significant than an atheist demanding that God strikes him dead [...] Related posts: … Read More

Mass overdose planned - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 28, 2010

By Vicki Hyde On January 30, a concerted global mass overdose will take place, but no-one will die because the “medication” of choice will be homeopathic. Homeopathic medicine consists of water or water dripped onto sugar tablets; the UK-based 1023 campaign aims to highlight that fact and protest against pharmacies touting such a product as medicinal. To mark the … Read More

Popularity does not mean effectiveness or sensibility - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 26, 2010

In recent comments to an article I wrote on homeopathy in New Zealand pharmacies, some readers suggested that because the remedies were popular, they must be OK. To give a little light relief from the weightiness of the topic, let’s illustrate the illogic of using popularity in lieu of demonstration of effectiveness by paradoxially considering the morbid … Read More