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The end of homeopathy?

I know, the Lancet has already published an editorial with this very title. Many homeopaths were very upset. But the end never came! Now it looks as though another milestone on the way to homeopathy’s 'end' has been reached.

I know, the Lancet has already published an editorial with this very title. Many homeopaths were very upset. But the end never came! Now it looks as though another milestone on the way to homeopathy's 'end' has been reached.

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have, in the past few years, been a bit of a promised land for CAM research. They invested well over $1 billion into clinical trials of all types of CAM – even homeopathy.

Apparently they spent US $3.8 million on homeopathic research between 2002 and 2007. Now it has been reported that it is abandoning studies on homeopathic drugs. The new director of CAM research at the NIH, Josephine Briggs has been quoted as saying 'the evidence is not there at this point'.

But the news gets even worse for homeopathy. Albert Lavender, retired deputy director of the FDA's unit overseeing drug labels, calls homeopathy 'a big fraud' on the consumer.

Say no more!

Professor Edzard Ernst Professor Edzard Ernst Recent posts

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