Saturday, 17 November 2007

Homoeophobia? Common sense

This shouldn't need doing again, but just in case you still think homoeopathy might have something in it, read this fine new article by Ben Goldacre from today's Guardian.

As long as you're popping a pill that contains no trace of 'active' ingredient (or - gulp! - listening to homoeopathic music) to get rid of a head cold, no harm's done. But when people start suggesting that homoeopathy can cure Aids, like the goon quoted below, it's time we all reached for whatever in rational discourse might pass for a gun.

Peter Chappell, whose work will feature at a conference organised by the Society of Homeopaths next month, makes dramatic claims about his ability to solve the Aids epidemic using his own homeopathic pills called "PC Aids", and his specially encoded music. "Right now," he says, "Aids in Africa could be significantly ameliorated by a simple tune played on the radio."

Radio Gaga?

Oh yes, the forenamed Society has apparently threatened to sue bloggers who are critical of homoeopathic 'medicines'. Well, homoeopathy sucks.

Watch this space.

2 comments:

David Isaak said...

Thanks for the Shameless Lion.

Saw you in the Pan Macmillan catalog one of our bunch posted at the MNW blog, by the way. But you've probably seen that. (Page 11, I believe.) If not, go to

http://macmillannewwriters.blogspot.com/2007/11/biting-ankles.html

Dr. Nancy Malik said...

Homeopathy cures where Conventional Allopathic Medicine (CAM) fails