Monday, February 22, 2010

"Come in homeopaths, your time is up" - MPs urge Government to quit funding homeopathy

And about time to.

The UK Parliament Science & Technology Committee today published their 'Evidence Check' into homeopathy.

Lots of blogs and news outlets have been tiggerish with excitement and covering this excellently, so no need to repeat it all here - XtalDave has a good roundup of the blogs covering it, but suffice today the report (.pdf here) concluded that the NHS shouldn't fund Homeopathic hospitals, that the theory behind homeopathy was 'weak', that homeopathy trials have shown it is no better than placebo (very different from there being no evidence), that homeopathy decreases patient choice, and that homeopathy advocates cherry-picked the data they presented to the committee.

Pretty much what this and other blogs have been saying for some time.

So, instead of providing sharp, insightful, thought-provoking analysis of the event, I've settled on a sub-Jagoist cheap laugh based on a weedkiller. Ta-dah!



  1. YeeHa! It is a big plus to see that the UK Government has recogonised the hypocrisy in funding an 18th century heap of Quackery like homeopathy, that could NOT physically, chemically, or biologically work. Good for you.

  2. Homeopathy not on NHS is a political decision because of the pressure of reducing fiscal deficit as elections are looming late this year.

  3. *reads spambot Nancy Malik's post*

    Aa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha

    *reads it again*

    aaaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    £4 million for homeopathy on the NHS is not going to affect a deficit of £800 BILLION! What is it with homeopaths and their inability to understand big numbers?

    In any case, there will be no saving in the NHS budget until a number of hospitals close, and Drs stop proscribing homeopathy which will be ages after the next election.

    You really do live in a weird parrallel universe, Nancy.

  4. Triple Blind studies, Double-Blind Randomised Placebo-Controlled Trial, Systematic Reviews & Meta Analysis, Evidence-base

    130+ studies in support of homeopathy medicine published in 52 peer-reviewed international journals

    Medicines for specific disease conditions, Ultra-molecular dilutions, Structure & Memory of Water, Animal Studies, Plant Studies

  5. Nancy.
    *cough* *cough*

  6. Oh, Nancy. Do you really think regurgitating your posts under only your first name will actually fool anyone?