According to the BBC news, the World Health Organization has published an advisory that homeopathic remedies are of no value in curing AIDS, TB, malaria, and infectious diseases such as diarrhea. This was in response to a plea from the Voice of Young Science Network, whose members were concerned about the promotion of homeopathic remedies in Africa.
Well, we all know that magic water can’t do squat — unless hydration itself is the goal. But the quacks homeopaths must have their say, and so they counter:
But she added: “This is just another poorly wrapped attempt to discredit homeopathy by Sense About Science.
“The irony is that in their efforts to promote evidence in medicine, they have failed to do their own homework.
“There is a strong and growing evidence base for homeopathy and most notably, this also includes childhood diarrhoea.”
The UK’s Faculty of Homeopathy added that there was also evidence homeopathy could help people with seasonal flu.
Dr Sara Eames, president of the faculty, said people should not be deprived of effective conventional medicines for serious disease.
But she added: “Millions die each year as those affected have no access to these drugs.
“It therefore seems reasonable to consider what beneficial role homeopathy could play. What is needed is further research and investment into homeopathy.”
Yes, by all means let’s have that research, but let’s also agree that if it shows no benefit, every homeopath will have to close up shop.
h/t: Butterflies and Wheels
And in case you’ve been in Ulan Bator or similar parts in the last few months, you’ll need to see this: