Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Homoeopathy, Boots and the 10:23 campaign!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I have formally bidden farewell to homoeopathy.  At the time I didn't realise how strong was the groundswell against it, but I've now come across the 10:23 campaign. A vociferous group who campaign on the  slogan, 'homeopathy:there's nothing in it'. They seem to particularly have it in for Boots plc who continue to stock and sell such products despite their own professed acknowledgement of it's lack of efficacy.

Personally I don't wish to be too hard on the homoeopathic fraternity. By and large I take them to be thoughtful and sincerely wishing their patients well. But sadly their is an undertone of anti-orthodox medicine which, I believe, goes too far-especially when parents are, for example, advised against immunisation for their children. And ultimately thoughtfulness and kindness is of reduced value if it is promoting a completely invalid form of medicine. There's a good comment on the potential harm of homoeopathy on the 10:23 website, interestingly written by one of the co-authors of the book Trick or treatment which I mentioned last time.

However I do wish the 10:23 campaign would get their spelling right! It's homoeopathy not homeopathy. We're Brits not Americans or French. Hence it's the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital!
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