Of course it doesn’t work, there’s NOTHING IN IT

Homeopathy fails. Again. And again. And again…

A Major Australian Health Study Has Concluded Homeopathy Is A Total Joke, Doesn’t Work

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a draft information paper which says there’s no evidence that homeopathy is an effective health treatment.

The review by the research council found there’s a paucity of good quality studies of sufficient size examining the effectiveness of homeopathy as a treatment.

“The available evidence is not compelling and fails to demonstrate that homeopathy is an effective treatment for any of the reported clinical conditions in humans,” the overview report, Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Clinical Conditions: Evaluation of the Evidence, says.

Nothing new to science-based health care professionals. But sadly, the public is still willing to try it based on testimonials, anecdotes, or a mistaken idea that it’s natural medicine. It’s neither natural OR medicine. It’s water/sugar with no active ingredients.

You can read the report here [PDF] and more about homeopathy and the history of documentation that it just doesn’t work from SBM.

The paper is open for public comment right now so have your say. Homeopathic remedies and processes are quackery. The science is on that side. On the pro-homeopathic side is a lot of wishful thinking and no substance.

Tip: @skepticZone

Addition: As expected, the Australian Traditional Medicine Society is not pleased. We just need more studies, they say. It’s really not inefffective. That save ain’t going to work. It’s clear all over the world that the better quality studies show LESS of an effect. So new and better standards might buy you time but in the long-run, give up.

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  9 comments for “Of course it doesn’t work, there’s NOTHING IN IT

  1. terrence
    April 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    There once was a very sincere homeopath who was treating himself for a serious malady. He started out by taking something diluted one hundred times; unfortunately, it was not successful. So, he took the same thing diluted two hundred times. But, he still had the same serious malady, so he increased the dilution to three hundred times. Unfortunately, his symptoms were not improved and he still had the serious malady.

    He was dejected and depressed by the failure of these dilutions to cure him. In this sad and sorry state, he forgot to take any homeopathic remedy. He died a few days later. All his fellow homeopaths agreed – their poor friend and colleague had died of an over dose of the homeopathic preparation.

    • Artor
      April 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Sadly, a friend of mine did something very like this recently, until he was finally diagnosed with Hep A. He’s getting real medical care now, but after months of avoiding effective medicine, the damage has been done. I hope he lasts out the year.

  2. Geoff Offermann
    April 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Good cure for dehydration.

    • Cathy
      April 9, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Only if they give you a liquid treatment. If I was dehydrated I’m sure a homeopath would try to treat me with the sugar pills!

  3. BobM
    April 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Not quite sure if, according to homoeopathic theory, a drop of whiskey in a swimming pool full of water would make you drunk or cure a hangover.

    • Sindigo
      April 10, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      According to the first Homeopathic law the “Law of similars”, what causes a symptom can also sure it so, in your analogy it should cure a hangover. At least as far as I understand it. A full (and hilarious) description of the wacky laws of homeopathy can be found here: http://www.janethull.com/newsletter/0905/the-four-fundamental-laws-of-homeopathy.php

      • Rand
        April 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        A teaspoon from a swimming pool into which you’d dispensed a drop of whisky would (according to homeopathic theory) sober you up if you’re drunk.

        Since one of the primary causes of “hangover” is the serious dehydration which results from a serious night of drinking, I expect a few glasses of water from that swimming pool would help whether or not any whiskey had been dispensed in it. (if the chlorine in it didn’t make you feel more ill)

    • MisterNeutron
      April 18, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      “… a drop of whiskey in a swimming pool full of water would make you drunk or cure a hangover.”

      Actually, according to homeopathic theory, a spoonful of water from a swimming pool which once upon a time had a trace of whiskey in it, but which no longer contains even one molecule of single malt, would cure your hangover.

      • Someguy
        April 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Ah, so as much booze as in the average free drink at a casino? :)

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