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Homeopathy: More Contrary Evidence That Can’t Be Diluted

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Friday, April 3, 2015

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This is the follow-up to the irrepressible post 17 Concise Reasons Why Homeopathy is a Fraud. The bottom line in the mysterious world of homeopathy is that there is no actual ingredient in the remedy. Homeopathic labs dilute the “healing agent” to the point where the world’s most powerful microscope cannot detect even a single molecule. Homeopaths concede this but assert “the water remembers”. Where is the evidence that non-existent molecules remember water and that memory actually heals a person when ingested? 

Just a few more evidences …..  

Are the clinical effects of homeopathy placebo effects? (Comparative study of 110 clinical trials involving over 6,500 people)
“Biases are present in placebo-controlled trials of both homeopathy and conventional medicine. When account was taken for these biases in the analysis, there was weak evidence for a specific effect of homeopathic remedies, but strong evidence for specific effects of conventional interventions. This finding is compatible with the notion that the clinical effects of homeopathy are placebo effects.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=16125589

Evidence on the Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Treating Health Conditions (March 2015) This study is an overview of 176 individual studies dealing with 68 unique health conditions. Notice the list of conditions on page 18 and 19.
“Overall findings based on the evidence There is no reliable evidence from research in humans that homeopathy is effective for treating the range of health conditions considered. There were no health conditions for which there was reliable evidence that homeopathy was effective. For some health conditions, studies reported that homeopathy was not more effective than placebo.”
http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/cam02a_information_paper.pdf

A systematic review of systematic reviews of homeopathy
“Eleven independent systematic reviews were located. Collectively they failed to provide strong evidence in favour of homeopathy. In particular, there was no condition which responds convincingly better to homeopathic treatment than to placebo or other control interventions. Similarly, there was no homeopathic remedy that was demonstrated to yield clinical effects that are convincingly different from placebo.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12492603

Efficacy of homeopathic therapy in cancer treatment
“Our analysis of published literature on homeopathy found insufficient evidence to support clinical efficacy of homeopathic therapy in cancer care.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16376071

Homeopathy: what does the "best" evidence tell us?
“The findings of currently available Cochrane reviews of studies of homeopathy do not show that homeopathic medicines have effects beyond placebo.”
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20402610

Over-the-Counter Asthma Products Labeled as Homeopathic: FDA Statement - Consumer Warning About Potential Health Risks  [Posted 03/19/2015]
“FDA is warning consumers not to rely on asthma products labeled as homeopathic that are sold over-the-counter (OTC). These products have not been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness.
“Asthma is a serious, chronic lung condition. If asthma is not appropriately treated and managed, patients may have wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing, and could be at risk for life-threatening asthma attacks that may require emergency care or hospitalization.”


1E) Safety of Drug Products Labeled as Homeopathic
“Negative health effects from drug products labeled as homeopathic have been reported through the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System and the National Poison Data System (NPDS), which is maintained by the American Association of Poison Control Centers and tracks human poison exposure cases. Data in the NPDS pertaining to homeopathic drug products is tracked under the category “Homeopathic Agents.”  The 2012 American Association of Poison Control Center Annual Report indicated that there were 10,311 reported poison exposure cases related to “Homeopathic Agents,” with 8,788 of those reported cases attributed to children 5 years of age and younger (Ref. 3). Of the 10,311 reported cases, 697 required treatment in a health care facility .”
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/27/2015-07018/homeopathic-product-regulation-evaluating-the-food-and-drug-administrations-regulatory-framework


As a fourth study says it's no better than a placebo, is this the end for homeopathy?
“Swiss scientists compared the results of more than 100 trials of homeopathic medicines with the same number of trials of conventional medicines in a whole range of medical conditions, from respiratory infections to surgery. They found that homeopathy had no more than a placebo effect.”
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/aug/26/health.medicineandhealth3

British scientists ask WHO to condemn homeopathy for diseases such as HIV
Raymond Tallis, emeritus professor of geriatric medicine at Manchester University: "The catastrophic consequences of promoting irrational and ineffective treatments for serious illnesses have been demonstrated in South Africa, where Thabo Mbeki's policies have led to an estimated 365,000 unnecessary premature deaths. The prospect of replicating this reckless behaviour elsewhere in developing countries by advocating homeopathic treatments for AIDs and other potentially lethal conditions is appalling." 

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2009/jun/01/world-health-organisation-homeopathy-hiv  

Homeopathy not a cure, says WHO
"Homeopathy does not protect people from, or treat, these diseases. Those of us working with the most rural and impoverished people of the world already struggle to deliver the medical help that is needed. When homeopathy stands in place of effective treatment, lives are lost."

Your Brain is Primed to Reach False Conclusions
“Many so-called “alternative” remedies exploit the illusion of causality … by targeting conditions that naturally have high rates of spontaneous recovery, such as headaches, back pain and colds. Quack cures remain popular in part because they bestow a sense of empowerment on people who are feeling miserable, by giving them something to do while they wait for their problem to run its course.”   http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/your-brain-is-primed-to-reach-false-conclusions/


Homeopathy: Cure or Con? Marketplace CBC




Breakfast News Homeopathy Debate 




17 Concise Reasons Why Homeopathy is a Fraud   http://www.mybestbuddymedia.com/2013/10/17-concise-reasons-why-homeopathy-is.html

9 Devious Ways Alternative Medicine “Doctors” Deceive Their Patients http://www.mybestbuddymedia.com/2015/01/9-reasons-why-some-alternative-medicine.html

Anti-Vaccine: Fraud, Paranoia & Vulnerable Children at Risk http://www.mybestbuddymedia.com/2014/12/anti-vaccine-fraud-paranoia-vulnerable.html

21 Quick & Undeniable Facts Exposing Conspiracy Theorists http://www.mybestbuddymedia.com/2013/12/conspiracy-theories.html

12 Quick Guidelines For Uncovering & Exposing Quack Medicine http://www.mybestbuddymedia.com/2013/08/12-quick-guidelines-for-uncovering.html

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.

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