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Homeopathy: There’s nothing in it ~ The 10:23 Campaign

06 May

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland has issued draft guidance for members requiring they inform patients that homeopathy does not work.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is an unscientific and absurd pseudoscience, yet it persists today as an accepted complementary medicine.

Ask many people what they think homeopathy is, and you’ll be told "it’s herbal medicine" or "it’s all-natural". Few realise that it’s been proven not to work; even fewer know it involves substances so dilute that there’s nothing left in them. Homeopathy takes advantage of this uncertainty to sit alongside real, proven medicines on the shelves of our major pharmacies.

The 10:23 Campaign

The 10:23 Campaign aims to raise awareness about the reality of homeopathy. We will tell you how it can be proven not to work, why homeopaths’ claims are impossible, why you should care.

The campaign is organised by the Merseyside Skeptics Society, a non-profit organisation for the promotion of scientific skepticism. More information about Merseyside Skeptics is available on their website.

At 10:23am on January 30th, more than four hundred homeopathy sceptics nationwide took part in a mass homeopathic ‘overdose’ in protest at Boots’ continued endorsement and sale of homeopathic remedies, and to raise public awareness about the fact that homeopathic remedies have nothing in them.

What’s the Harm?

If there is nothing in it, it can’t do any harm, right? Wrong! Journalist and science-writer Simon Singh tells us why.

An Open Letter to Alliance Boots

Last year, Boots admitted that they don’t believe homeopathy works. They said they stock it because "customers believe it works". Sign our open letter and demand Boots stop lending legitimacy to nonsense.

Hot Comments

People think it works because of where they buy it- Stop lending credibility to homeopathy!

– Bernard Knappenberger, Canada

Download the leaflet

Not everyone uses the internet, so if you can’t send them a link, download and print our flyer. Give it to family, friends – whoever you think may be interested. We’re sure you will come up with some more creative uses too!

Petition the PM

Figures obtained last year by More4 News revealed that the NHS spends around £4 million per year on homeopathy, money which could have paid the salaries of almost 200 nurses!

We would welcome any move to evaluate on a medical basis (as opposed to a political one) the provision of unproven treatments such as homeopathy on the NHS. So if you are able, we think it is important to support this petition, which calls for the government to instruct the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to evaluate whether it is appropriate for the NHS to fund homeopathy.

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