Next week, the British Medical Association may “lobby for homoeopathy to be banned from the UK National Health Service.”
It’s a long overdue move.
Homeopathic medicine is nothing but a placebo that gullible people choose to take. The government shouldn’t be paying for their delusional thinking.
Pratik Kanjilal writes in the Hindustan Times that this would be a foolish move. Here’s just one excerpt from his irresponsible piece:
… homoeopathy is routinely denounced because no one knows how it works. But a physician should be asking a simpler question: does it work for my patient? The doctor’s primary concern is to offer a cure, or at least comfort. Ruminations about its scientific basis come later. Many patients turn to alternative schools when mainstream medicine fails and leaves them facing chronic disability and pain, or the inscrutable mystery of death. Unless homoeopathy is unequivocally proven to be quackery, which is not the case, it is irresponsible of doctors to bar access to it. It smacks of scientific fundamentalism.
It. Is. Quackery. Unequivocal quackery.
Hell, watch a group of skeptics “overdosing” on homeopathic medicine:
Nothing happens to them. Because there’s nothing in those pills.
As if it ought to be the last word, Kanjilal finishes his piece with this:
And by the way, did I mention that Queen Elizabeth II has a personal homeopath?
Wow…. who cares.
I would think the Queen also has a real medical staff to look after her.
This whole article is representative of the homeopathic side: the pills make them feel good, so there must be some science involved.
Onetechmonkey points out flaws throughout the piece and is worth a read.