Part Fills for July 22


A few short updates on topics of interest to SBP visitors.

Homeopathy: From Germany, Der Speigel has an extended series of articles: Homöopathie: Die große Illusion (While the articles are in German, you can get a sense of the article just from the title.) No German language knowledge is required to enjoy the photo gallery of substances used to make homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathy is on the ropes around the world as calls continue to grow for its ejection from all parts of the health care system. Everywhere it seems, but Canada, where the TV show Canada AM  gave a completely credulous forum to a homeopath advocating various “remedies” for first aid. Kim Hebert says more over at Skeptic North.

Also on homeopathy, two recommended articles in The Guardian: Tom Chivers, in the article, Dr James Le Fanu on homeopathy: wrong, but instructively so, and Martin Robbins in the article,  If this is a witch hunt, help me find my torch.

And also from the Guardian, the entertaining  I don’t know how, but homeopathy really does work which is a must-read just for the clever comments.

Pharmacy Practice: Among the “alternative” medicine websites, Natural News is among the worst, and often reads like a parody. How’s this for rhetoric about pharmacists that work in oncology:

For decades, they simply looked the other way, pretending they were playing a valuable role in our system of “modern” medicine, not admitting they were actually doling out chemicals that killed people. Now, the sobering truth has struck them hard: They are in the business of death, and it is killing them off, one by one.

The topic is the risks associated with chemotherapy. Orac over at Respectful Insolence tears it apart, in a post called Confusing workplace safety with patient safety and drug efficacy: Mike Adams brings the stupid home again.

Natural Health Products: Ben Goldacre, writing in the Guardian, notes that the European Union has rejected 80% of health claims made for 900 products so far. He examines the claims make about fish oil, and then proposes a novel solution that could have merit in Canada.

General: An interesting article on how providing evidence is only part solution when we seek to change opinions. Helpful reading for those that try to educate and inform others about pseudoscience.

From Science-Based Medicine:

Until next time!

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One thought on “Part Fills for July 22

  1. I didn’t have time to read all the comments on that Guardian articel; I read the first 50 and jumped to the end. My fav was the last,

    “Skeptics will never be able to follow homeopathy because like the pessimist for whom the glass is always half empty, they are constantly looking for flaws or reasons not to believe.”

    Uh, if there are flaws or reasons not to believe, isn’t it better to know about them rather than just stick your fingers in your ears and say ‘La-La-La, I can’t hear you.”?

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