Yet Another Meta-Analysis Finds Homeopathy 'Useless'

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Yet Another Meta-Analysis Finds Homeopathy 'Useless'


Perry, Susan, MinnPost.com


Last week, yet another major scientific review has declared homeopathy to be utterly useless for the prevention and treatment of illness.

This latest review -- a meta-analysis of decades of previous homeopathy-related research -- comes from one of Australia's main health groups, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). A panel of experts examined data from studies involving 68 illnesses and medical conditions, including colds and flu, asthma, migraine headaches, osteoarthritis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, back pain and heroin addiction.

They found no evidence -- absolutely none -- that homeopathic treatments were effective.

"No good-quality, well-designed studies with enough participants for a meaningful result reported either that homeopathy caused greater health improvements than a substance with no effect on the health condition (placebo), or that homeopathy caused health improvements equal to those of another treatment," the authors of the 300-page report concluded (with remarkable understatement).

A ridiculous idea

You would think that today, in the 21st century, scientists wouldn't need to be spending time and resources on evaluating something as ludicrous as homeopathic "medicine." After all, homeopathy is based on the totally discredited 200-year-old idea that a substance that causes symptoms can be used, in a highly diluted form, to treat those symptoms.

The substances are diluted to the point where, as British physician and homeopathic skeptic Dr. Ben Goldacre has noted, "it equates to one molecule of the substance in a sphere of water whose diameter is roughly the distance from the earth to the sun."

As I said, ludicrous. Yet, as the Economist reported earlier this month, Americans spend $3 billion each year on homeopathic pills and solutions.

And, unfortunately, a significant portion of that money is being spent for the prevention and treatment of serious illnesses. One troubling development, for example, is the increasing use of homeopathic "vaccines" (called nosodes) by parents who mistakenly fear that standard childhood vaccines may give their child autism.

Nosodes offer children absolutely no protection from measles, pertussis, chickenpox or any other disease. …

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