Foundation for Integrated Medicine persuaded officials to neuter advice about homeopathy on the NHS (National Health Service, U.K.) Choices patient website.
Draft guidance for the website NHS Choices warning that there is no evidence that homeopathy works was suppressed by officials following lobbying by a charity set up by the Prince of Wales.
A draft page that spelled out the scientific implausibility of homeopathic remedies was neutered by Department of Health officials. It is now uncritical, with just links to reports on the lack of evidence.
Oh please! How pathetic. Homeopathy is what it is – nonsense. It’s awful that the facts are not out there. Not only is this basic information about homeopathy been hidden but also the plentiful data that show it DOESN’T work.
It is said that the Prince had no direct roll in this, but putting him in there makes this more dramatic since he has advocated for homeopathy. It just looks bad.
Go here for much more. David Colquhoun finds a direct statement by the Department of Health that policy dictates evidence.
NHS Choices is meant to provide evidence, but what they say has to be checked by DH to make sure they “don’t clash with any policy messages”.
The Department of Health has not just ignored evidence but actively opposed it.
Go there to see the evidence to back up this claim. I’m glad this is exposed.
So is the Neurologica blog.
The current page on homeopathy is a neutral and worthless bag of evasion. It contains many of the typical weasel phrases like, “practitioners believe,” “the central principle,” and “homeopathy is based on a series of ideas.” The word “evidence” is not even used until the very end, and then only to provide links to pro and con external sites. The page itself makes no comment about the evidence or the science of homeopathy.
In other words – it completely fails to honestly and accurately inform the public about the fact that the evidence overwhelming indicates that homeopathy does not work, and that homeopathy violates numerous basic laws of science.
Want to know how completely unscientific homeopathy is? You may be surprised at the silliness they sell.