fake médecine is a French doctors' group that issued an open letter opposing government funding for homeopathy. French homeopaths complained to l'Ordre des Médecins, which this week suspended its president's medical license for three months.
Advocates of "integrative medicine" argue that integrating alternative medicine with real medicine represents the "best of both worlds." A recent study by Ben Goldacre suggests that, in reality, integrating quackery with medicine infects medicine with pseudoscience and poor practice.
A few years ago, it was anthroposophic medicine. This year, it's homeopathy. Quackademic medicine at the University of Michigan marches on.
Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy sold by Boiron, consists of a gruel of duck liver and heart diluted away to nonexistence. Nevertheless, recently a California court recently affirmed a jury verdict in a consumer class action deceptive advertising case in favor of Boiron Inc. and Boiron USA. This is why laws, courts, and juries do not decide science. Unfortunately, they do decide science policy.
Homeopathy is The One Quackery To Rule Them All. The same is true all over the world. It's also true that the preferred tactic of homeopaths and other quacks is to try to suppress criticism of their quackery, not to answer it with science. During Homeopathy Awareness Week, I present an example of this in France.
Naturopathy is a form of pseudomedicine rooted in vitalism. However, naturopaths delude themselves into thinking they're science-based. Hilarity always ensues when they make that argument.
Homeopathy Awareness Week starts today. Terrifyingly, the theme this year is "Homeopathy for Pregnancy an Childbirth." Here, Orac does his part to celebrate by reminding his readers once again why homeopathy remains The One Quackery To Rule Them All.
The woo of homeopathy never ceases to amaze Orac. This time around, "Dr." William Edwin Gray III has produced some truly spectacular homeopathic vibrational woo.
Last week, naturopath and homeopath Anke Zimmermann made the news for using lyssinum, a homeopathic remedy based on saliva from a rabid dog, to treat a four year old boy with behavioral problems. This week, Zimmermann strikes back against her critics. Hilarity ensues.