What’s the harm? That’s the question I’m sometimes asked when I’ve explained why a particular pseudoscience or alternative medicine is nothing but BS. If someone wants to have a few needles stuck in them or to swallow a sugar pill, who cares? They’re happy and they’re not harming anyone. My answer is that belief in… Read More What’s The Harm?
Good news! There is another nail in the coffin of publicly funded witchcraft in the NHS. The clinical commissioning group for NHS Liverpool has decided to decommission their homeopathy service. Admittedly, they were only spending about £30,000 on the service but even one penny would have been a complete waste of scarce public money and… Read More Homeopathy Watered Down
It’s time to tackle a tricky subject. Everyone has heard of the placebo effect but there are a lot of misconceptions out there about what it really is and whether or not it’s ‘real’. Let’s start with a basic description of what it is: when a person is given a fake treatment for an illness,… Read More The Placebo Effect: The Myth and The Reality
Good news! The UK government finally seems to be taking the necessary action against homeopathy to rid it from the NHS. A prolonged and detailed campaign by The Good Thinking Society, and their threat of a judicial review, has finally had the desired effect. The government has said that next year it will conduct a… Read More Homeopathy, At Last, Is On The Ropes