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Go to: The trouble with homeopathy

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Richard, in the article you mentioned: "How would you set about administering a dummy, or placebo needle-prick."

This very experiment has been tried, with specially-created dummy needles whose point telescopes up into the shaft. It's detailed in "Trick or Treatment" by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst.

Needles(s) to say, the results were inconclusive.

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 12:32:00 UTC | #443712

Go to: The 10:23 Event

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> As long as homeopathy isn't being covered by socialistic government run health care (so my tax dollars aren't funding ANY person's health care) what care do I have that another human being wants to make a free choice for what works for him.

Here in the UK the NHS runs 5 homeopathic hopsitals, though one has since closed after a funding review. Therefore it *is* in my interest not to have public money spent on treatments with no proven medical efficacy (other than placebo) whatsoever. That is not good value for money and if people feel strongly enough that they want a homeopathic course of treatment they can throw their own money at it. However it should *not* be funded from the public purse.

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:38:00 UTC | #432628

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