Firstly of all, the latest Humanist Symposium is up.
Nextly, gimpy has a great summary of the forthcoming Evidence Check report on homeopathy from the House of Commons. This is a report due out tomorrow which is likely to call for an end to NHS homeopathy funding, which cost the taxpayer £4 million last year. Which would be good, because they could be spending that on actual medicine for people.
I’m still bugged by stuff like this, when the chief executive of the British Homeopathic Association tries to support his unmedicine by citing things like:
100 randomised controlled trials, and many more on outcome measures, which reflect how patients say they feel.
If those trials on “outcome measures” weren’t also randomised and controlled, then they’re worthless. By admitting they weren’t part of proper trial protocol, you’re just saying “and many more which are complete unscientific nonsense”. I’m sure lots of patients said they felt much better, but that doesn’t mean your magic water did it. It’s called the fucking placebo effect. Goddammit, what’s hard to understand about this?
Also, the current state of the medical literature does not indicate that homeopathy has any effect beyond placebo. Still.
And lastically, here are two rather depressing pie charts. Also some surprisingly idiotic comments showing up in Current’s comment threads.