Surprise, surprise… the public overdose on homeoopathy pills and potions led to no casualties. Good on the 10.23 “Homeopathy there’s nothing in it” organisation for rallying skeptical support on this. Will the UK pharmacy Boots make the ethically correct decision and pull these placebo pills off the shelf? Will the British government pull NHS funding on discredited alternative medicine modalities?
I suspect not… the politics involved is too sensitive for many (NHS funding cuts are as popular as root canal work) and Boots make a lot of money supplying pills and supplements to people who believe these things to be efficacious.
I suspect the public demonstration that homeoptahic ‘remedies’ won’t change the mind of the true believer. On the contrary – believers know that you can’t overdose on homeopathic formulations because it’s supposed to be a gentler approach to medicine (if you put nothing but water in your medicine then yes, there will be no side efects, but then all you’re curing is thirst).
Support for homeopathy requires many nonsensical notions to be accepted first and a laundry list of logical fallacies. Probably the most obvious fallacy employed to believe homeopathy works is special pleading: clinical trials are not sufficient to test homeopathy; a spiritual imprint of the substance is left in the water after dilution (which we can’t find but know is there); the less active ingredient the more active the medicine??? The post hoc rationalisations for these are absurd yet funny and sad at the same time.
The biggest question of all is: Will Prince Charles accept the scientific evidence on homeopathy or will he continue sound like a pompous arse everytime he addresses this topic?
P.S. Withdrawing support and funding from modalities that have repeatedly been shown not to work (and violate well established laws of physics) is not restricting health freedom. No one stopping people from getting these things. It is, however, ethically deplorable to disguise these potions as achieving anything beyond the placebo response and as viable alternatives to proper medicine. Pharmacists – who used to be trustworthy and scientific in nature have let their profession down by including hocus pocus remedies in amongst proven pharmaceuticals that actually work.