British Government Study Finds Homeopathy Worthless

April 22, 2010

Homeopathy was invented around 1796 by a doctor named Samuel Hahnemann. He believed that homeopathic medicines become more effective the more they are diluted. Homeopathic solutions are often so literally watered-down that they don't contain a single molecule of the original medicine or substance: the patient is drinking nothing but water.

Late last month, the British Science and Technology Select Committee (part of the United Kingdom's Parliament) released the results of a comprehensive examination of whether homeopathy has any medical or scientific validity. The report is devastating to the pseudoscience of homeopathy: "The Committee concluded—given that the existing scientific literature showed no good evidence of efficacy—that further clinical trials of homeopathy could not be justified.... The Committee carried out an evidence check to test if the Government’s policies on homeopathy were based on sound evidence. The Committee found a mismatch between the evidence and policy.... The Government acknowledges there is no evidence that homeopathy works beyond the placebo effect (where a patient gets better because of their belief in the treatment). The Committee concurred with the Government that the evidence base shows that homeopathy is not efficacious and that explanations for why homeopathy would work are scientifically implausible.... "

The director of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, Peter Fisher, asserted that for homeopathy to work it is very important that the solutions be shaken. Asked how much shaking is required to make sure that the homeopathic medication was effective, Fisher said he didn't know because that issue had never been researched: "that has not been fully investigated." This is a stunning and revealing admission from one of England's top experts on homeopathy. Homeopathy has been around for over two centuries, and yet during all that time apparently not a single homeopathy practitioner has bothered to do any scientific testing to find out how to make sure what they are selling is effective. This really should give the public pause.

Can you imagine a pharmaceutical company trying to sell you a drug they claim will cure you, but when asked how much active ingredient is necessary for it to be effective, they respond that they never really looked into that?

Like most pseudosciences, homeopathy just falls apart when some science and critical thinking are applied to the claims.

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#1 a_wake (Guest) on Thursday April 22, 2010 at 11:35am

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Following is an email recently sent to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. I copy and send it in total because it presents the same precept to “youns guys” (Pittsburgh colloquialism). Following that letter is a copy of an email sent the Center for Inquiry October 2007 (never responded to).

TO: Mayor Ravenstahl
    City Council
    Parking Authority (where in the Constitutions do we find authority for un-Accountable Authorities (See Marbury v Madison) 
         
        Last Thursday, April 15, while attending the Tea Party in Mellon Square to Defend your Rights and mine (where were you guys?), I parked my car at one of the parking garages on Cherry Way. I parked for 3 hours and twelve minutes. The parking fee was $15.00. That unconscionable fee is the reason for this email.

        What is it about being elected to government that causes electee’s minds to shrivel and eyes to become blind and ears to go deaf so that they neither consider, see nor hear any other solution to fiscal planning except INVENT A NEW TAX!! RAISE THE TAX!! RAISE THE RATE!! RAISE THE FEE??!!

        That’s it—there is no other answer. WE MUST NEVER CUT APPROPRIATIONS! WE MUST NEVER CUT SALARIES! WE MUST NEVER CUT BENEFITS!! WE MUST NEVER CUT EXPENSES!  WE MUST NEVER CUT PERKS! NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! THESE ARE THE SACRED COWS THAT MUST BE PRESERVED WHATEVER THE COST!! AFTER ALL, WE’RE NOT THE ONES PAYING THE COST!

        We can, however, cut services; that is ALWAYS a perfectly acceptable solution, to those doing the cutting. We can ALWAYS cut services to those doing the paying. Let us NOT, however, offend the union thugs, the ones who contribute so much to our re-elections. Have the POWERS THAT BE never considered EVERY single strike that has ever occurred has been directed at the purse of the non-union member? There are no exceptions to this rule! Unions take from the many for the benefit of a privileged few, forgetting the fundamental precept that unions are a communistic idea that are to designed to so skew the system and create class warfare as to lead to the ultimate dissolution of every society and the ultimate destruction of every union that allows these Godless ideas to permeate their thinking. Government is designed to protect all, not just the privileged few in government and unions.

        How’s that idea for a 13 week vacation every 5 years working out for the unions? If you dangle enough “bait” you can get people, even large groups of people, to willingly swallow poison. The “13 weeks vacation” was just one of the many “poisons” used. It seems the powers behind the labor union idea have pretty well accomplished their hidden purpose of destroying American industry—and there are NO MORE 13 week vacations. Now they have set their sights on destroying what is left of our Constitutional Rights by unionizing government employees. The recent Hellcare Act pretty well makes my point; unions, as well as Congress, have been exempted from the devastating effects of Hellcare. I can assure those that swallowed the Hellcare bait, the advantage, like the 13 week vacation, is only temporary.

        I think those who govern un-righteously, as well as union functionaries, have forgotten this fundamental truth: “If you live for a thousand years, that is hardly the blink of an eye compared to eternity.”

        There is a second self-evident truth everyone, in government or not, should consider seriously: There are ONLY two choices for where one will spend his, or her, eternity. There IS NO THIRD CHOICE. Everything we do while participating in this “earthly test” determines our choice for where we spend eternity. How can people in government ignore these fundamental truths? Their actions confirm they have.

        Let me explain it this way, perhaps my explanation will help them understand the Big Picture, the long-term effect of their choices:

        There are ONLY two teams in the entire world; we will call them Team One and Team Two, or Team Light and Team Darkness, or Team Good and Team Evil. I think you get the idea.

        The “COACH” of Team One has made it clear there ARE ONLY two teams for which one may choose to play. The “coach” of Team Two has told ALL his players there are many teams, he has told them they do not even have to choose a team, they can stand on the sidelines, they can sit in the bleachers if they chose or they can ignore the fact there is a game taking place.

        The COACH of Team One has told EVERYONE the Truth: There are ONLY two teams; NO sidelines; there are NO bleachers. EVERYONE’S A PLAYER!  It is “GAME ON” from the moment of Accountability until death. There will be an non-verbal “FINAL TEST” at The Judgment. One Ignores prep for this “FINAL” at his eternal peril.

        Those who have believed the lie of the coach of team two, that they may stand idly on the sidelines or sit idly in the bleachers or ignore the “game” itself, or ignore the “FINAL,” have bought the into the lie they are not players. They have bought the lie there is a third Choice (or 4th or 5th etc) in this life even though they may readily recognize and agree Eternity offers NO third choice.

        Have all elected government officials forgotten their Oath of Office in which they raised their hand to call God (COACH of Team One) to Witness that Oath, and in which they promised God, to Whom their Oath was given*, they would protect, defend and obey the Constitions under whose Law they were elected. By that oath all officials promise to protect the life/liberty/property of all covered by those Constitutions. Charging $15.00 dollars for 3 hours of parking is hardly a fulfillment of the Oath. Just because the municipality has squandered the funds over which they are responsible, does not justify further theft from a trusting public. What do you think the COACH of Team One, the Authority Who actually ordains the Rules, will think about the manner in which the Oath has been disregarded? Not just in this matter but in all your public responsibilities?

        Hidden forces (Team Two players) behind unions and government have conspired together to kill the Golden Goose (Google “Cloward-Piven Strategy”). Is there a better phrase than “Just plain stupid” to describe the defacto choice of Team Two the government electees and the unions members have made?  I also like “stuck on stupid.”

        Wow!! All this over a $5.00 per hour parking fee! What would he say if we tried to force the landlords in the City to give up their Constitutionally protected Right to Contract/Life/Liberty/Property (Rights are unalienabe and indivisible) in exchange for a license to rent their property? Whoops.

        I imagine some (many) who read these words may become angry; to them I say consider this: Who is your true friend? The one who lies to you (the coach of Team Two and his players) or the one who Loves you enough to Always tell you the Truth (The COACH of Team One and His players)? In the words of Kojak, “Who loves ya’, Baby? Mayor Ravenstahl most likely does not remember Kojak.

        What Team have you chosen?

Most Sincerely
Alan Wakefield
1215 Scott Street
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-901-7137

* From Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, an Oath is:  “An outward pledge given by the person giving it that his attestation or promise is made under an immediate sense of his obligation to God.” Tyler, Oaths, 15:


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Located your website while researching a definition for “separation of church and state.”

Here is an excerpt I copied from your article of the same name at this web address:

#2 asanta on Tuesday May 04, 2010 at 2:24am

WHAT does the previous post have to do with the article??

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