What Homeopathy is and the (il)logic of it all

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Christopher_NW
Vaccines, Immunology, Drug Discovery/Design, Molecular Biology, and Philosophy.

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    Dr. Nancy MalikAugust 20, 2013 - 8:49 am

    Upto the end of year 2010, there have been 11 meta-analysis and 8 systematic reviews including 1 cochrane review (out of approximately 20 systematic reviews published) published in 14 medical journals in evidence of homeopathy. Out of 11 meta analysis, 5 are comprehensive, 5 on specific medical condition and 1 on super-avogadro dilution effect. These 19 peer-reviewed studies are part of the total 307 human studies in evidence of homeopathy upto the end of 2010.

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      Christopher_NWAugust 21, 2013 - 12:10 am

      Unfortunately the quality of these papers is highly questionable, ,with several being a complete farce upon closer inspection (Drs Novella and Gorski have covered several of them before on Neurologica blog and Science-Based Medicine). No papers on homeopathy that I have seen have stood up to close scrutiny. Remember, just because something is published, that is not the end of the story (even if it is in a prestigious journal- see the example of Benveniste’s paper in Nature that we linked/referenced to). Also you have to critically read the papers in such a way that you scrutinize the stats, author biases, anything that has since been retracted, photoshopped images/doctored results and the like. Also the Cochrane reviews have come under fire (here is a 2010 paper on the matter, one which is open access- https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2010/192/8/homeopathy-what-does-best-evidence-tell-us). It is always unfortunate when any bad science slips through the critical cracks, including fraudulent drug trial data, basic molecular biology experiments and fraudulent mouse studies for transplant medicine; however in all these fields the science is solid, it has just been a handful of people being deceitful. Whereas with homeopathy often you find the people to be genuine enough, just the basic tenets of the science are illogical and farcical (violating basic laws in science such as the nonsense of water memory).

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