Homeopathic “medicines” are little more than modern day snake oil yet millions of people swear by them and spend so many billions buying them that even mainstream pharmaceutical companies have gotten in on the act. There’s been a handful of studies down over the years which have shown that homeopathic remedies don’t have much of any effect beyond the placebo effect and now there’s one more study that reconfirms those findings yet again:
The study, published in Friday’s edition of the respected Lancet medical journal, is likely to anger the growing numbers of devoted practitioners of and adherents to alternative therapies that include homeopathy.
“There was weak evidence for a specific effect of homeopathic remedies, but strong evidence for specific effects of conventional interventions,” the study concluded.
“This finding is compatible with the notion that the clinical effects of homeopathy are placebo effects,” it added after examining findings from 110 homeopathy trials and an equal number of conventional medical trials.
In an editorial, the Lancet urged doctors to tell their patients they were wasting their time taking homeopathic medicines—but also to make more time to connect with the patients rather than just prescribing and forgetting.
“Now doctors need to be bold and honest with their patients about homeopathy’s lack of benefits, and with themselves about the failings of modern medicine to address patients’ needs for personalized care,” the journal said.
Entitled “The end of homeopathy”, the editorial queried how homeopathy was growing in popularity by leaps and bounds when for the past 150 years trials had found it ineffective.
“It is the attitudes of patients and providers that engender alternative-therapy seeking behaviors which create a greater threat to conventional care—and patients’ welfare—than do spurious arguments of putative benefits from absurd dilutions,” it said.
You can bet this isn’t sitting well with the folks who believe in homeopathy, especially those who are profiting from it. We can look forward to another round of the usual arguments on why this study is flawed/how X million of people can’t all be wrong/it’s all a conspiracy by Big Pharma to keep people sick and other assorted excuses over the next few days.