Back in 2010, we told you about a report published by the UK government’s Science and Technology Committee, which concluded that the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) should cease funding homeopathy.
Following a review of the “existing scientific and medical evidence” currently available, the Science and Technology Committee concluded that homeopathy is not effective and that explanations for how homeopathy works are “scientifically implausible”.
The Science and Technology Committee also said that homeopathy is a placebo treatment and the UK government should not entertain a policy on “prescribing placebos”, which it calls ‘bad medicine’. (It’s worthwhile to note that this committee consisted of 4 ministers who had little interest and no knowledge of homeopathy).
‘Bad science’ or ‘narrow minds’?
Homeopathy has always stirred controversy and it’s the kind of alternative medical treatment that gives Big Pharma and health regulators nightmares.
It’s cheap and easy to find. It has a 200-year track record of delivering results without side effects… and the doctors who swear by homeopathy are probably among the most ethical in the medical industry – they almost certainly don’t engage in backroom deals with drug reps.
The Science and Technology Committee’s report has had some impact on homeopathy in the UK. However, it is available on the NHS in some areas of the country and there are several NHS homeopathic hospitals and some GP practices also offer homeopathic treatment.
Nonetheless, the mainstream continues to spread the same old, tired nonsense about homeopathy like the heavily diluted plant and mineral ingredients in homeopathic remedies can’t possibly be effective and that there is no good-quality evidence supporting the fact that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition
In fact, Big Pharma and its cronies will call homeopathy everything from quackery to voodoo and yet there’s a lot that they would prefer to keep under wraps… because it debunks their homeopathy vendetta.
- Four years ago the Swiss government did a comprehensive report on homeopathic medicine and found it so effective that it said the treatments should be paid for by the country’s health insurance programme.
- Homeopathy is the leading alternative treatment used by doctors in the European Union (EU).
- Nobel-prize winning doctor Luc Montagnier (who discovered the AIDS virus) conducted his own research that confirmed why those high dilutions in homeopathic medicines are so effective. He said the diluted remedies actually “mimic the original molecules.”
- Studies on the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies have been published in well-respected medical journals over the years such as The Lancet, the British Medical Journal, and Paediatrics.
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