Unethical? World’s First Homeopathic Clinical Trial for Hepatitis C

Press release. Read and *headdesk*

Providing Homeopathic Treatment and the World’s First Homeopathic Clinical Trial for Hepatitis C | Jul 24, 2012.

Hepatitis-C is a virus that affects nearly 1 in 70 people in the United States alone. Hepatitis-C is a chronic inflammation of the liver which can lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver).

Dr. Rajesh Shah’s patented homeopathic medicine has had remarkably positive results in various trials and because of its homeopathic nature, has little risk of side effects and works with a person’s body rather than against it. The key to homeopathy is the fact that it helps the body’s natural curative abilities to take place. While treatment may take a little longer than that of traditional medicine (through vaccines and prescription medication, for example), the results of homeopathy are very powerful in their own right.

Dr. Shah’s homeopathic treatment for Hepatitis-C has been demonstrated to have a marked reduction in viral load as well as a reduction in Hepatitis-C symptoms amongst individuals who have symptomatic cases. This new homeopathic treatment for Hepatitis-C is much more affordable and safer than the traditional antiretroviral medications currently being used to treat the disease.

Life Force Homeopathy has formed a project with Dr. Shah, inviting patients suffering from Hepatitis-C to take part in the world’s first ever homeopathic clinical treatment of the disease. Patients will be given free trial medicine for the duration of the project (approximately six months), and the cost of the homeopathic medicine and the project itself will be paid for by sponsors. An independent ethics committee has already been formed (per ICMR guidelines) and has approved the clinical research trial.

Tip: @EdzardErnst

This is a pile of crap. Homeopathy is scientifically implausible and has not been shown to work beyond that of placebo. Apart from the nonsense in this press release, I question the “independent ethics committee” on this since it is NOT ethical to do such a trial based on the knowledge we have right now that shows the plausibility of this treatment (none). It takes place in India where homeopathic and other alternative medical treatments are commonly used. This is a sad situation.

Want more info on homeopathy? Go here – Science based medicine. Because science based medicine is ACTUALLY the best kind. Magical thinking doesn’t work in the real world but the people mentioned above sure don’t get that.

The principles of homeopathy run contrary to modern science and have never been empirically established. The so-called law of similars, for example, is little more than an ancient and common superstition known as sympathetic magic – that things have an essence or essential quality that can be transferred. There is no scientific knowledge about biology or chemistry to support the notion that a small dose of a drug or substance will necessarily cause the symptoms it treats at higher doses.

  6 comments for “Unethical? World’s First Homeopathic Clinical Trial for Hepatitis C

  1. Slugsie
    July 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Is it double blind? If not, then we can probably safely ignore this trial.

  2. Drivebyposter
    July 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    You can’t safely ignore something that can potentially lead to health complications in people who are lied to.

  3. Moose McNuggets
    July 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Oh I’m sure the people running this trial are double blind, Slugsie. And also double deaf and triple dumb.

  4. twh
    July 25, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    So if they were testing a homeopathic versus a placebo… that would just be testing two placebos, right?

  5. Paul
    August 19, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    It is a clinical trial, which is a scientific investigation. The researcher has not claimed anything. You should be open to the findings. It is appreciated that such scientific work is carried out by someone.

  6. Bob Underwood
    September 6, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    I totally agree with Paul and somewhat with TWH. If we are testing the effects of two placebos, then the results should be the same. If they are consistently and repeatably not the same , then we must assume that one of the placebos has some real effect. . The details of the experiment need to be stated: Who is funding the study? How many different independent laboratories are involved in measuring the viral load? Who is sending placebo viral samples to those laboratories ( because the labs themselves need to be tested). If previous experiments in this field have been specious, it does not follow that this one necessarily lacks credibility prior to the release of results. Much as it may seem a waste of time and as unlikely as positive results may seem to be be, i applaud any effort to apply honest science to any measureable endeavor no matter how far fetched. This one is measureable.

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