I’ve noted before that the House Science Committee is run by a bunch of Republicans who are indisputably anti-science. It turns out that England has the same problem. A member of parliament running to be the chair of the Health Select Committee, David Tredinnick, has all sorts of bizarre and anti-science beliefs.
He told the Commons in 2009:
“In 2001 I raised in the House the influence of the moon, on the basis of the evidence then that at certain phases of the moon there are more accidents. Surgeons will not operate because blood clotting is not effective and the police have to put more people on the street. I am arguing for more research.”
During the expenses scandal, Tredinnick was done for charging the taxpayer over £755 on special astrology software about linking astrology to therapies.
During the Foot and Mouth epidemic, Tredinnick asked Defra to consider “homeopathic remedies, including borax, in relation to the current outbreak of foot and mouth disease”. Among other things, Borax solution is an ingredient in Silly Putty.
And he actually said this in a speech to parliament in 2008:
‘Aside from the predominant treatment for HIV, TB and malaria, [homeopathic] treatment is being given for many other common ailments such as urinary infections, diarrhoea, skin eruptions, diabetes, epilepsy, eye infections, intestinal parasites, treatment from pregnancy to childbirth, to more serious but locally common ailments like cancer, gangrene, toxaemia…and general injuries…In other words the list is endless.’
The letter states that the homeopathic treatments have achieved success rates of close to 100 per cent.
‘As a result many lives have been saved, and pain and misery alleviated, in a community which can simply not afford orthodox treatment even if it were available.’
That is a very important issue for developing countries. Homeopathy is so inexpensive that it is available to everyone. When homeopathic services are introduced, they tend to increase in size very quickly… I hope that the Minister can reassure me on guidelines for primary care trusts so that we have more effective commissioning. I hope that he will refute those statements made in the name of his Department and that he will commission NICE to look at the cost-effectiveness of homeopathy in line with the request of the Smallwood report.
Maybe we can work out a trade, David Tredinnick for Louis Gohmert and a wingnut to be named later.