Archive for May, 2009

“Scientific Studies”

May 29, 2009

More of Louise Mcleans ‘facts’ about homeopathy , this time about scientific studies of homeopathy. This is an area where the homeopaths want to have their cake and eat it. On the one hand they say, as Mclean does in Fact 36, that homeopathy can never be properly tested in double blind randomised trials because each prescription is individualised to the patient and on the other hand they claim that there have been successful clinical trials. (more…)

Approved By Health Canada – Not

May 21, 2009

Back in February I did a piece coverning the medical claims made by the distributers of xocai chocolate. The conclusion I came to was that it was a load of bull, which obviously did not go down well in certain quarters as the post was trolled by a horde of marketting trolls, one of whom made claims of approval by Health Canada which turned out to be provably false. (more…)

“Orthodox Medicine Opposing Homeopathy”

May 18, 2009

[BPSDB]This is a constant refrain from the homeopaths: that orthodox doctors are in some sort of conspiracy against them. This supposes that doctors would prefer their patients to not recover rather than prescribe homeopathy. I know doctors have a bit of a reputation for arrogance but the belief that they would prefer patients to die rather than prescribe a treatment that works just because they don’t understand how it works seems to be going a bit far. In fact, the evidence in support of this thesis is thin even by homeopathic standards. (more…)

Does Paul Dacre Read the Daily Mail?

May 14, 2009

[BPSDB]You might think that this is one of those rhetorical “Do bears shit in the woods?” style questions but I’m a little puzzled by his evidence to the seventh session of the Culture Media and Sport Parliamentary Select Committee’s inquiry into Press Standards, Privacy and Libel. (more…)

“Homeopathic Hospitals”

May 9, 2009

More of Louise Mcleans homeopathic facts this time about homeopathic hospitals. It will surprise absolutely nobody to discover that she thinks they are wonderful and I disagree. (more…)

“Homeopathic Medicine”

May 6, 2009

[BPSDB]Analysis of more factoids from Louise Mclean’s “50 Facts About Homeopathy” . This time I’m going to look at the second section, “Homeopathic Medicines”. (more…)

“How Homeopathy Works”

May 4, 2009

[BPSDB] I was reading some stuff on homeopathy and followed a link to this, Louise Mclean’s “Fifty Facts About Homeopathy”. I’m going to look at the first eleven factoids, subtitled “How Homeopathy Works”. (more…)