Short post, tight for time – but it seems to me this is crucial in light of the upcoming anti-homeopathy campaign set to be unleashed on the UK public at the end of January.
“10:23 Homeopathy – there’s nothing in it” is just the latest and best organised in a series of orchestrated campaigns that have been run in the UK over the last several years by a group of people who call themselves Skeptics.
In fact the definition of skeptic as I pointed out in a previous post is : “A person inclined to doubt or question accepted opinions”. The skeptics use this term to suggest that they are critical thinkers and that it’s a virtue not to be taken in by the “pseudo-science” of alternative medicine and in particular homeopathy. As if they have really investigated the evidence with an open mind.
They describe homeopathy as “implausible”, “impossible” and therefore it cannot work. A bit like the impossibility of getting the first airplane off the ground and all number of other advances in science and technology mentioned in the post : Evidence Check, honourable members do the honourable thing.
They use the fact that homeopathy has not “changed in 200 years” as evidence that we are morons stuck in an ancient time warp – ignoring the fact that when the therapeutic model is based on natural laws, there is no need to change the underlying principles because they work for all time. I won’t bother to mention the constant mad scramble of Big Pharma to make new, better – or indeed ANYTHING which actually CURES a named disease. (Well OK I will, but only in passing 🙂 )
They choose to label 200 years of clinical evidence – millions upon millions of cases across the globe as coincidence / placebo effect – cases which include herds of cows, fields of crops – see the post: Homeopathy = Placebo? Politics, politics, politics for more on this.
They label anyone who describes being helped by homeopathy, often after years of failed conventional treatments as gullible, a coincidence, the result of the placebo effect – and in the cases where it’s hard to make this stick, the case is dismissed as simply anecdotal evidence – which of course doesn’t count for these “seekers of the scientific method”.
Given the actual definition of science there isn’t a real scientist amongst them. Prof Ernst called for “a closed mind on homeopathy” in his latest article in JAMA – he’s the UK’s only Prof of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and vocal critic of a wider number of CAMs including acupuncture and chiropractic – he did a meta-analysis of homeopathic research and found no evidence to say it was better than placebo. Surprise!
The conclusion must be that these people are NOT SKEPTICS at all they are DENIALISTS and it’s important to call them thus. It focuses the mind on what we are dealing with. Rational argument, debates, evidence, clinical cases, none of it will make any difference because their mind is fully made up – it is as they proudly state – “closed on homeopathy”. It cannot work so therefore it does not work QED.
The central group pushing the 10:23 campaign forward are amassing sycophants of all persuasions – many of whom are just looking for some easy fun baiting and ridiculing homeopaths.
Let’s not be baited – let’s focus on sending a clear message to the public about what this campaign is really all about. Every homeopath, student, patient and supporter has to do everything they can to educate the public about homeopathy and its immense potential.