R.I.P. Homeopathy, 1796 - 2011 (via @brx0)

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Thu, Jan 13th, 2011 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Homoeopathy, that concept of medicine where you pay an insanely high amount of money and they give you a glass of water with four particles per million of a placebo, is coming under some serious scrutiny because, well, not a single one of its products can demonstrate efficacy to any satisfactory degree. As a result of this, the Veterinary Medicines Doctorate (VMD) has made it clear that it will have none of that non-sense. The VMD has decided that the only homoeopathic treatments that could be prescribed to animals are those that can actually prove they work. Which is pretty much none.

The logic of the VMD's decision is unquestionable. If it doesn't have efficacy, it can't be a medicine. And, ethically, if a medicine doesn't work then a sick animal deserves to have real treatment not sham treatment. The danger of course is that people may be lulled into believing a homeopathic remedy is actually treating their pets or livestock, when in fact a treatable disease is being allowed to get worse. This is avoidable harm -- in other words, irresponsible behaviour or even animal cruelty.

Ironically, while veterinarians are not allowed to give homoeopathic medicines to animals, they can still be given by healthcare professionals to a human, including those not able to make an informed choice, such as children, adults without the necessary mental capacity and those that follow New Age trends.

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