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National Health and Medical Research Council says homoeopathy doesn’t work and patients are putting their health at risk

National Health and Medical Research Council says homoeopathy doesn’t work and patients are putting their health at risk

Australia's "peak medical research body has pronounced homoeopathy an ineffective medical treatment and warned the health of people who use it may be at risk if they delay proven treatments.


Based on the assessment of the evidence of effectiveness of homoeopathy, NHMRC concludes that there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homoeopathy is effective,” the council said in a statement.


NHMRC chief Professor Warwick Anderson said the review did not look at any evidence related to homoeopathic vaccines.

“There is nothing in the science of homoeopathy to conclude effective vaccines could be produced that way,” he said."

How could a homeopathic vaccine possibly work? How would B-lymphocytes find an antigen with which to test for a matching antibody "key"?


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I recall, a poem Dr. Hamblin posted a few years ago...

Lines on Homeopathy.

Stir the mixture well

Lest it should prove inferior,

Then put just half a drop

In the whole of Lake Superior.

Every other day

Take one small drop in water,

You'll be feeling better soon

At the very least you oughter.

Bishop William Croswell Doane (1832–1913), first Episcopal bishop of Albany (NY)


Actually the poem is longer and the attribution a bit confused...


The Conversation interviews Paul Komesaroff, Professor of Medicine at Monash University and Paul Glasziou, Professor of Medicine at Bond University regarding this report:

[i"]The review failed to find any evidence for homoepathy’s effectiveness for treating 68 conditions, which ranged from the common cough through to malaria. Only single studies were identified for 29 of the conditions, and all were deemed unreliable for either having too few participants for a meaningful result or being poorly designed.

“This lack of scientific research into the use of homeopathic medicine is not unusual and is mirrored across most alternative treatments” said Paul Komesaroff, professor of medicine from Monash University and medical practitioner."


Ian Musgrave, Senior lecturer in Pharmacology at University of Adelaide, on how to get the message out that homeopathy doesn't work:

The NHMRC report was picked up by Slashdot, which resulted in one wit smellsofbikes (890263) commenting:

"If they think Homeopathy doesn't work, they're just not using enough.

Or, wait, sorry, they're using too much.

The less homeopathy you use, the stronger it is.

The logical conclusion is that if you use none at all, you'll see the greatest improvement, especially financially."


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