Jul 032013

Following the ASA’s judgment on misleading advertising by homeopaths, Steven Novella provides his analysis on the judgment.

As Novella mentions, it’s probably a good idea to remind ourselves of Gorski’s article on why it is important that rigorous controls are maintained on all treatments and why we should not fall for a seemingly harmless “What’s the harm?” argument:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Dec 122012

It’s just so easy showing that homeopathy is junk, a pseudoscience, and nothing more than a placebo. But it bothers me that so many people think that homeopathy is real. The nonsense people believe! Anyway, Donald Prothero has recently posted a good article on homeopathy:

Worth a read, and quite funny.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Jul 172012

Homeopaths continually demonstrate that they have no real understanding of morality:

A consortium of pharmaceutical companies in Germany have been paying a journalist €43,000 to run a set of web sites that denigrates an academic who has published research into  their products.

These companies, who make homeopathic sugar pills, were exposed in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in an article, Schmutzige Methoden der sanften Medizin (The Dirty Tricks of Alternative Medicine.)


The victim of the attacks, Edzard Ernst, was instrumental, alongside Simon Singh, to further highlight the bogus nature of the foundations of chiropractic treatments in 2009.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Jul 012012

Not only does it seem clear that the Society of Homeopaths is aware of illegal activity by their members, but that the society condones and encourages such illegal activity.

I suppose that such behaviour is to be expected from those selling snake-oil.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Jun 272012

I hope so.

If evidence and reason cannot end homeopathy, the law will. – Andy Lewis

However, like a zombie from a low-budget horror movie returning to eat our brains, homeopathic “medicines” are likely to be repackaged and sold to the public; greed is a great motivator and can triumph over ethics.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

May 212012

There comes a time when it’s clear that only the delusional or the deceitful claim evidence for their case when, in reality, said evidence indicates the opposite. Homeopaths and proponents of homeopathy have exhibited such delusional/deceitful behaviours regularly. The Quackometer and Zeno’s Blog describe the most recent of these behaviours:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

May 082012

Dr Steven Novella describes some nonsense from the homeopathy community who were promoting homeopathic “treatments” for whooping cough:

Some people argue that, even if homeopathic treatments don’t cure, at least they don’t harm. Well, that’s nonsense as well. Use of homeopathic “treatments” often discourages the patient from seeking proper medical care. The above article, and the website What’s the harm? explain quite clearly.

A related article is:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012

Apr 052012

I think most of us know that homeopathy is nonsense, that it’s nothing more than a placebo. And I thought I’d heard all homeopathic nonsenses until I watched this:

Crazy Homeopathy Lady Charlene Werner Explains Physics

It’s almost as if she’s had a dose of woo from Deepak Chopra!

This raises an interesting question: Why do people believe in nonsense? The great Carl Sagan explored this many years ago in his book “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark”, and by Michael Shermer in several of his books such as “Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time”.

It seems to me that people want to believe in something fantastical regardless of the weight of evidence that show that their beliefs just ain’t so. Is this a result of their upbringing, a failure to use tools such as common sense and critical thinking? Education is always important but we are unlikely to be totally free of wackos.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2012