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

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The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland has issued draft guidance for members requiring they inform patients that homeopathy does not work.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

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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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Open Mindedness

A look at some of the flawed thinking that prompts people who believe in certain non-scientific concepts to advise others who don’t to be more open-minded.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2009 in Pseudo Science, Public Service, Science

 

Skewed Views of Science

A look at the pitfalls of arguing against science from incomprehension or emotion.

 

 
 

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The Lure Of Homeopathy, Trust Grows In Spite Of A Lack Of Evidence

Percent Who Trust Homeopathy Ranked By Country

Percent Who Trust Homeopathy Ranked By Country

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. One look at this TGI graphic and you will quickly realize just how much work rational science has ahead of it.

Not surprisingly, India, in which alternative treatments are a well established means of combating illness, reported a depressing 94% of people saying they have faith in alternative remedies and a full 62% of people giving it their trust. Homeopathy is integrated into the general system of health care in India and the TGI study shows that one in ten consumers have consulted a homeopath in the last year.

Brits are the most skeptical of the practice, with 15% saying they trust homeopathy. Currently 1 in 10 Brits prefer alternative medicine, and unfortunately the market is growing year by year.

As for the USA, the research says “Over the last five years there has been a slow, but steady increase in the proportion of people in the USA who say they prefer alternative medicine to standard medicine.”, and now 18% of people in the USA trust homeopathic medicine.

What follows can only be described as a homeopathy primer, fully referenced and footnoted, from the National Center For Complementary And Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is funded by the National Institutes Of Health (NIH). There is a broad spectrum of information available about homeopathy, ranging from very good science based information to the very bad pseudo-science anecdotes, but I would highly recommend giving this report a thorough read if you don’t already know about the practice and theory, and even if you do know about it, give this document a review pass and see if there is anything new you can learn.

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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in Health, Pseudo Science

 

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What Inspires Me: Another 19th Century View On Homeopathy

“Some of you will probably be more or less troubled by that parody of medieval theology which finds its dogma in the doctrine of homeopathy, its miracle of transubstantiation in the mystery of its dilutions, its church in the people who have mistaken their century, and its priests in those who have mistaken their calling.”

[Oliver Wendell Holmes, Medical Essays. The Young Practitioner, [A Valedictory Address delivered to the Graduating Class of the Bellevue Hospital College, March 2, 1871.] ”

 

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