Misleading homeopathy study ignores the science
You can’t always believe what you read – even if it’s coming from a seemingly legitimate source.
Case in point: there’s a supposedly major “new” study out of Australia that claims that homeopathy – a school of medicine that has been healing people for two centuries – is ineffective at treating any of the 68 illnesses reviewed by its researchers.
But before you toss your own homeopathic remedies you know and trust because some big-shot health researcher tells you that homeopathy is a “therapeutic dead end,” it turns out his study has more holes than a screen door.
In a carefully researched and well-cited response to the critical blog post on the BMJ website, homeopathic practitioner Dana Ullman pointed out that dozens of studies in support of homeopathic remedies were thrown out of the review.
The reason? They were “low quality” – except the studies they tossed actually met the very specific definition of “quality” set by the BMJ itself!
Ullman points out that using this fabricated new standard would mean the studies backing most mainstream drugs and nearly every common surgery would also have to be rejected.
Seems to me that the researchers behind this “review” were looking for any excuse at all to discard studies that didn’t mean their pre-determined conclusion, and that’s hardly the only problem with it.
This “major” new study getting all the headlines isn’t new at all… it’s the same old widely discredited study from last year that’s just getting new attention.
I dug into the details when it was first published last year and found that the “expert” panel put together by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council to conduct the review included exactly ZERO experts in homeopathy.
One reason the research on some homeopathic medicines is so mixed is that the therapies are often based not on the condition itself, but the very specific symptoms.
For example, there’s no single homeopathic remedy for the overall condition of seasonal allergies, but there are multiple effective remedies that you can select based on your specific allergic symptoms (runny eyes, nose, sneezing, etc.).
And last year, a homeopathic remedy even trounced both a placebo AND a drug for beating the common symptoms of menopause.
If you really want the truth about homeopathic medicine, ask the folks who depend on it every day: A new survey out of Harvard University finds most people who use these safe remedies are happy with the results…and those who work closely with a homeopathic medical practitioner are even more satisfied.
And a skilled professional can help sort all the options out and select the remedy best for you. But since not everyone has their own personal expert in homeopathy at their side 24 hours a day, I’ve included the best homeopathic options for hundreds of medical conditions, both common and uncommon, in my book, Prescription for Natural Cures.
I’ve just finished a cover-to-cover revision of the book and am proud to announce that the fully updated Third Edition is now available in bookstores everywhere and from online retailers such as Amazon.com.