A government agency in Scotland has struck a blow for rationality by prohibiting a homeopathic group from making certain claims on their website that are not supported by scientific evidence. This is a few months old, but I totally missed it at the time.
CLAIMS made on the Society of Homeopaths website that controversial therapies could treat conditions such as arthritis and hayfever have been banned in a landmark ruling by advertising watchdogs.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has had a remit since 2011 to investigate claims made online, and the organisation said it had a large number of complaints relating to claims on homeopathy websites.
It chose to investigate the website of industry body the Society of Homeopaths as a test case “to establish our lead position on claims for homeopathy”…
The ASA found that all of the claims investigated were misleading and breached guidelines on health advertising.
The society’s homepage states: “There is a growing body of research evidence suggesting that treatment by a homeopath is clinically effective, cost-effective and safe.
“Currently, there is sufficient research evidence to support the use of homeopathic treatment for the following medical conditions: allergies and upper respiratory tract infections, ankle sprain, bronchitis, childhood diarrhoea, chronic fatigue, ear infections, fibromyalgia, hay- fever, influenza, osteoarthritis, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatic diseases, sinusitis, vertigo.
“Your local homeopath would be happy to discuss any health problems with you and offer advice about whether they might be able to help.”
We need to do the same thing here, including cracking down on the massive industry in “supplements” that make claims to do wondrous things but almost never do. They can start with the roughly 4,592,110 different products for “natural male enhancement” and their commercials full of ridiculous double entendres. These are scams, plain and simple, and they ought to be outlawed.
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