I watched the “Wright Stuff” deabate about homeopathy on Channel 5 this morning while waiting for a gas engineer to turn up. Jayney Goddard (some sources spell her nane “Janey Goddard” but I believe that is not her preferred spelling), the President of the Complementary Medicine Association made an interesting admission about homeopathic treatments.
When a panelist brought up claims to treat cancer and AIDS she hastily interrupted to say that homeopathy is a “palliative” (her word) and treats only symptoms. This is indeed what Samuel Hahnemann said but look on any homeopathic website today you will find claims to cure all kinds of diseases, cancer and AIDS among them, alonside allegations that it is conventional medicine that only treats (or “masks”) symptoms.
She also said that claims to cure cancer are banned by the Cancer Act. I trust she will pass this information on to the sCAMsters who do make such claims.
It would appear that challenging the unscientific and often dangerous claims made by homeopaths and other alternative practitioners is starting to have an effect, at the top at least. There’s more to be done – a lot of nonsense was spouted on the programme but at least a start has been made.