HAW No!

by endlesspsych

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This week (14th-21st June) according to the Society of Homeopaths is homeopathy awareness week: a week in which homeopaths are sent into “retail” outlets in order to hawk their wares to an unsuspecting public.

A public that little suspects they are being asked to part with their cash for little more than magic water.

The Twenty-First Floor would like to do its bit for Homeopathy Awareness Week by pointing you in the direction of the following posts:

Homeopathy: there’s something in it explains why homeopathy is fundamentally flawed – the water used to make the “remedies” is not, and could never be pure.

Is the tide high for homeopathy? looks at the findings of the science and technology select committee report on homeopathy – evidence check 2.

The article that launched the Twenty-First Floor petition: Stop the NHS funding magic water

A breakdown of funding for homeopathy on the Scottish NHS can be found in A reduction of treatment is desirable.

You can also read about the comments of Tom Dolphin of the BMA here and the good news that training placements for junior doctors have been cancelled at Glasgow homeopathic hospital here.

We would like to reiterate that homeopathy has been shown to be physically impossible, and shown time and time again by high quality randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses not to work above and beyond placebo.

The Quackometer is also trying to raise awareness of homeopathy here, as is Professor of CAM Edzard Ernst here arguing that HAW is the homeopath’s last stand. As Ernst says:

So even as homeopaths celebrate their “awareness week”, bloggers and sceptics – enthused by their success on the chiropractic front – might already be considering action against any unsubstantiated claims made by UK homeopaths. This could truly be the end of homeopathy.

We can but hope that he is right.

Stop NHS Scotland funding quackery and pseudoscience: Join the Facebook group and Sign the petition!

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