Society of Homeopaths and PSA accreditation

The Society of Homeopaths has achieved PSA accreditation. Andy Lewis explains at:

This accreditation purely about being competent to keep a registrar. It is not about efficacy of homeopathy. But Andy is right. Perception is everything, and the public need to be made more fully aware that homeopathy is junk (that placebo is at play), and that PSA accreditation actually has no bearing whatsoever with regard to medical treatments.

The woo of Chopra and Sheldrake

Jerry Coyne has a justified pop at Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra and the uncritical support from the BBC on woo:

A quote from Carl Sagan comes to mind:

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) criminally negligent?

David Colquhoun’s damning indictment of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and certain other organisations:


The main conclusion from all of this is that the General Pharmaceutical Council is almost criminally negligent. It continues to allow pharmacists, Anthony Pinkus among them, to endanger lives. It fails to apply its own declared principles. The members of its Council are not doing their job.

Individual pharmacists vary a lot, from the superb to those who believe in quackery. Some, perhaps many, are embarrassed by the fact that their employer compels them to sell rubbish. It’s too much to expect that they’ll endanger their mortgage payments by speaking out about it, but the best ones will take you aside and explain that they can’t recommend it.

The GPhC itself is regulated by the Professional Standards Authority, the subject of my last post. We can’t expect anything sensible from them.

In the USA there is a shocking number of pharmacists who seem to believe in quackery. In the UK. nobody knows, though judging by their failure to vote against the daftest of all scams. homeopathy, there is no cause for complacency here.

It seems that there will have to be big improvements in pharmacy education before you can have much confidence in the quality of the advice that you get in a pharmacy.

It seems to me that society, in general, is not informed and that various businesses push their agenda to generate more revenue and increase profit. This has created a weak and flawed regulator.

The nonsense in medicine

A great article from Scott Gavura on the growth of nonsense and the acquiesce of rationality all too evident with the scam medical treats promoted, consciously or not, by pharmacies, celebrities, the deluded, and other con artists. But Dr. Paul Offit stands as a candle in the dark, and should be applauded for his stance against the nonsense and the threats of violence directed at him.

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013

Novella on ASA and Homeopathy

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

Camden & Islington NHS Trust – quackery!

Oh dear. The Camden & Islington NHS Trust seems to have shirked its responsibility of ensuring that we are provided with treatments that work and to protect us from quackery. To me it seems that there is no one in Camden NHS who is activity undertaking any due diligence; nonsense flourishes in such environments. Sigh. The sad story is here at DC’s Improbable Science:

Article by Kulvinder Singh Matharu – 2013