Why isn’t she in jail for fraud and reckless endangerment

People who peddle homeopathic remedies are quacks, worse they are a danger to society and should be in jail for that, as well as fraud.

In Australia the ACCC has whacked such a snake oil salesperson and massively fined them.

A homeopath who has repeatedly claimed to be able to prevent whooping cough with homeopathic “vaccines” has been banned from selling the products for five years and she and her business fined $138,000.

Central Coast homeopath Fran Sheffield is an advocate of alternative medicines who authorities have apparently been unable to prevent from making misleading claims about the benefits of homeopathy in contravention of federal medicines laws.

But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission took Ms Sheffield to federal court, claiming she was misleading consumers with her business Homeopathy Plus! and its promotion of supposed whooping cough vaccines. ? Read more »

Homeopaths make grave error


Undiluted Aquarust

An alternative medicine conference has ended with dozens of delegates being hospitalised after taking hallucinogenic drugs.

The gathering of homeopaths took place near Hamburg in Germany, but was cut short when 29 men and women experienced hallucinations after sampling the LSD-like psychotropic substance 2C-E.

The patients, aged between 24 and 56, were found suffering from delusions, breathing problems, increased heart rates, and cramps, with some in a serious condition, Deutsche Welle reported.

Broadcaster NDR described the patients as “staggering around, rolling in a meadow, talking gibberish and suffering severe cramps”.

Alternative medicine boffins decide to have a crack at getting off their faces at a conference. ?How could that possibly go wrong? ? Read more »


Homeopathy can’t be proven but it can be experienced

Who says Whaleoil doesn’t do balance? ?Here’s the other side of the story that started yesterday.

For the scientists who found no evidence that homeopathy improves health, there’s only one thing to say: “They haven’t experienced homeopathy.”

That’s the response from Gwyneth Evans, media spokesperson for the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths and chair of the International Council for Homeopathy.

“I know homeopathy works. I’ve seen it. I’ve experienced it for myself, my life has changed because of it,” she says.

“But I know that’s not an answer for a scientist who says ‘but the studies’.”

Evans does not know which studies were looked at by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), who assessed more than 1800 papers, of which 225 met the criteria to be included in their review of homeopathy’s effectiveness. Read more »


Homeopathy doesn’t work. And in other news, water is wet

Homeopathy does not improve people’s health, scientists say.

Further more, health funds should reconsider offering rebates for homoeopathic therapies, Australia’s peak medical research body says.

After reviewing 1800 studies on the health effects of homeopathy, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) scientists say there is no reliable evidence to back its effectiveness.

“There is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy works better than a placebo,” the NHMRC report said.

The report said homeopathy should not be used to treat health conditions that are serious or could become serious.

Homeopathy is based on the idea that the body’s own healing response to disease can be stimulated by using specially prepared, highly diluted substances. Read more »


Aussie taxpayers set to fund courses in quackery like homeopathy

It looks like Aussie taxpayers are going to have the pleasure of funding coursed in quackery.

Profit-making colleges would receive taxpayer funding to teach students unproven alternative remedies such as homeopathy, flower essence therapy and iridology under the Abbott government’s proposed higher education reforms.

The move comes as the government considers stripping the private health insurance rebate from any policies covering natural therapies not supported by evidence.

As well as deregulating university fees and cutting university funding, the government’s higher education reforms would extend funding to private colleges, TAFEs and sub-bachelor degree programs at a cost of $820 million over three years.

Accredited private colleges would become eligible for grants of $6323 a year for each student enrolled in courses such as homeopathy, naturopathy and mind body medicine. This is more than public universities would receive per student studying law, economics, languages or the humanities under the new funding structure. ? Read more »

Homeopathy, and why it works

Could this be why homeopathy “works”?

Could this be why Homeopathy has such a strong and loyal following? ? Having so many adherents also gives it an air of ‘legitimacy’, causing people that may feel nothing at all to feel like they should, and they will over compensate.

As you saw in the video, the placebo effect is more than just thinking positive. ?It actually has physical effects on the body that can be measured.

2014 was a bad year for homeopathy


On Saturday we had a lively debate about homeopathy, so I thought I’d do some more digging on the topic.

There were lots of weird links chucked about, nothing of any empirical nature.

I found a sensible link, with pesky things called facts, scientific fact. It seems homeopathy had a bad year last year.

[2014]?has been a bad year for homoeopathy, first there was the Draft Information Paper on Homoeopathy from the NHMRC, which concluded there was no reliable evidence for the use of homoeopathy in the treatment of the 61 health conditions looked at. Then a homoeopathic remedy manufacturer left the North American market due to law suites over the ineffectiveness of their products, then the Federal Court has found that Homeopathy Plus! was engaged in misleading conduct over its homoeopathic ?vaccines?

Quoting from the ACCC website ??[Homeopathy Plus!] engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and made false and misleading representations to the effect that there was an adequate foundation in medical science for the statement that homoeopathic treatments are a safe and effective alternative to the whooping cough vaccine, when in fact no such foundation exists..?

However, this is not a one-way street. Complementary Medicines Australia has claimed, 6 months after the public consultation process had closed, that the NHMRC process was flawed. In the august publication Food Navigator Asia it was claimed to be ?fatally flawed?.

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Why homeopathy is complete nonsense

The economist explains why homeopathy is complete nonsense, and something only hippies and Green MPs believe in.

VISIT any health shop and you are likely to see them: packages of homeopathic remedies claiming to cure whatever ails you, from coughs and fever to insomnia and asthma. Flip the package of medicine, however, and you may be confused by the listed ingredients. Some claim to contain crushed bees, stinging nettles and even arsenic, as well as sugars such as lactose and sucrose. Americans spend some $3 billion a year on homeopathic medicines. What are they thinking?

The history of homeopathy?literally, “similar suffering”?dates to the late 18th century. Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor, was unimpressed by contemporary medicine, with good reason. Doctors used leeches to let blood and hot plasters to bring on blisters, which were then drained. In 1790 Hahnemann developed a fever that transformed his career. After swallowing powder from the bark of a cinchona tree, he saw his temperature rise. Cinchona bark contains quinine, which was already known to treat malaria. Hahnemann considered the facts: cinchona seemed to give him a fever; fever is a symptom of malaria; and cinchona treats malaria. He then made an acrobatic leap of logic: medicines bring on the same symptoms in healthy people as they cure in sick ones. Find a substance that induces an illness and it might treat that illness in another.

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Minor Losers of the Year – Steffan Browning

Russel Norman has managed to make the Greens look less looney than they really are, when along comes Steffan Browning who starts saying homeopathy is a potential treatment for Ebola.

Obviously this is not the kind of message that the greens want to have out in public.

They want to keep their really looney policies hidden until they are in government.

So Steffan had a to be spanked, and spanked hard.

“Browning said he did not oppose homeopathy on a personal level.”

The Greens must be wishing they had got Chopper in to be their?chief?of staff to tell Steffan to harden the f*ck up.

Or that they could send Steffan to West Africa to test homeopathy on Ebola.

Either way it was Steffan Browning who has revealed to swing voters just how looney the Greens people are.

It is just a pity he didn’t do it during the election and then he would have won a winners award for helping destroy the Greens vote.

John Armstrong gives the Greens a lashing

John Armstrong gives the greens a lashing in this morning’s Herald.

He castigates them for more of their batshit crazy policy making on the hoof.

The next time the Prime Minister delivers a speech on something as fundamental as national security and the potential for Islamic State-inspired terrorism in New Zealand, the Greens should read it carefully, rather than making assumptions about its content and consequently missing or dismissing what he is really saying.

Had they done so, they might have realised the new (and temporary) law to be pushed through Parliament to block New Zealanders going to Syria to sign up with Islamic State (Isis) looks like being far less an infringement of personal freedom than its far lengthier and more prescriptive Australian counterpart.

The Greens might have also realised that contributing to military training in Iraq was about the minimum John Key could get away with without traditional allies such as Australia looking askance.

The Greens don’t believe in allies, they believe in hugs and cuddles for terrorists.

It was hardly a surprise that the Greens rejected every initiative in Key’s Wednesday address that was targeted at Isis.

In doing so they have displayed not so much a reluctance to shift on principle as a downright refusal to entertain even the thought of doing so. That is their right.

But it means two things. First, there can be no getting the Greens out of the shadow cast by Labour without compromise or dropping whole swathes of policy as a prerequisite for any move more to the centre of the political spectrum, which would enable the Greens to no longer be hostage to Labour. ? Read more »