Testing Homeopathy – Part 3: Research Evidence?

Homeopathy defies fundamental physics, chemistry and biology. In this video we’ll see how much evidence the Society of Homeopaths was able to bring to bear when a complaint was made to the Advertising Standards Authority, and we’ll look at some of the papers they didn’t present to the ASA.

The ASA’s ruling:

Referenced papers:

Jacobs et al 2003: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12634583

Other papers:
Jacobs et al 1994: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8165068
Jacbos et al 2000: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10784270
Jacobs et al 2006: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17034278

Davison et al 2011: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21733480

Other papers:
Awdry et al 1996: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=194209#REF-JRV10026-52
Weatherly-Jones et al 2004: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15016577
Alraek et al 2011: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3201900/pdf/1472-6882-11-87.pdf
Reid et al 2011: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3275316/pdf/2011-1101.pdf

Mental Fatigue:

Davidson et al 2011: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21733480
Perry et al 2010: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20099019

Vickers et al 2006: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16855981

Other papers:
Mathie et al 2012: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23235586

Other info:

Yakir et al 2001: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479782

Other papers:
Danno et al 2013: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23290881

Exercise for PMS:
Vishnupriya et al 2011: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23204690


Other papers:
Jacobs et al 1991: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2008219
Fisher & Scott 2001: http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/9/1052.full.pdf+html
Andrade et al 1991: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2068543

Friese & Zabalotnyi 2007: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17180695
Zabalotnyi et al 2007: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17362845
Wiesenauer et al 1989: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2667526

Testing Homeopathy – Part 2

Homeopathy defies fundamental physics, chemistry and biology. What does it take to become a homeopath? No training is needed at all, but in this video we compare what seems to be the last BSc Homeopathy course in Britain with a BSc in medicine. The claim that the Swiss Government has endorsed homeopathy is also examined.


The Centre for Homeopathic Education:

Imperial College London’s medicine course:

The Contemporary College of Homeopathy:

Society of Homeopaths article of 10 April 2012:

Natural News’ version of Ullman’s article:

HometopathyPlus’ version repeating claim of “government report”:

The Huffington Post original:

Swiss Medical Weekly, “The report “Homeopathy in healthcare: effectiveness, appropriateness, safety, costs” is not a “Swiss report””:

The PEK, and Shang et al’s paper:

Sven Rudloff’s translation and analysis of the PEK:

The Quackometer’s “The Swizz Report on Homeopathy”:

The House of Commons Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy:

Other resources for the interested:




Debunking homeopathy with some style

I spent a few hours reading the CARM forums last night. I’ve had them bookmarked for years but never had the time to look through them.

I’m used to Creationists being liars and evasive so I wasn’t entirely surprised at some of the posts on the science threads, but this one really stood out out for me. Ok it’s homeopathy and so not science but I love the reply to this drivel from a new age, hippy drama queen Oriana.

If you think you must “believe in” homeopathy for it to work, you need to know that it is not a placebo effect. Here are some powerful examples: Infants: Homeopathic remedies and treatments are successfully used by parents for common infant ailments such as colic, teething pain and some infections.

Animals: There are many veterinarians using homeopathic medicines to treat domestic pets such as cats, dogs and birds, as well as barnyard animals like goats, horses and cows. Is it possible to have a placebo effect with animals?

Millions of people across the world use and rely on homeopathic remedies. Today there are a rapidly growing number of conventional medical doctors using homeopathic medicines, including:

* 39% of French family physicians
* 20% of German physicians
* 10% of Italian physicians

Moreover, in many European countries there is a growing trend of medical doctors referring patients to homeopathic physicians.

Now let AussieGuy answer that.

Two problems with this. The first is obviously that it is an argumentum ad populum. Big deal if lots of physicians are prescribing homeopathy for patients. It doesn’t mean it works. It doesn’t even mean it is likely to work. It literally means nothing.

The second problem is is there is NO evidence for the efficacy of homeopathy beyond the placebo affect. Every single double blind clinical trial of homeopathy shows it simply doesn’t work. Why would it? It is nothing but chemically pure water. NO homeopathist has EVER been able to show a plausible mechanism of how it works. There is no plausible way for a substance to leave a ‘memory’ in water. Also, I always wonder… given the water cycle, the water you drink from a tap has likely passed through hundreds of people and come out the other end… how come a homeopathic preparation remembers the 30x dilution of evening primrose, but not the urine and faeces of the hundreds of people and animals it previously passed through?

The third thing (I know I said two, but I’m on a roll). Prescribing homeopathy to babies is totally unethical. The stuff doesn’t work, and babies don’t have the ‘benefit’ of the placebo affect. A baby with a fever is not going to get any relief from what is basically water (unless of course you’re hydrating the poor child). Most childhood problems, eg teething, fevers, etc do go away even if untreated, so it is likely these anecdotes have come from parents who happened to correlate a fever disappearing naturally with the homeopathic ‘medicine’. A small dose of infant tylenol is much more effective…

I was pissing myself laughing at this for a while last night. The wife was wondering what I was laughing at, and since she believes that there’s some truth in this homeopathy bollocks, she was not amused.