Thursday, 24 June 2010
Double blind & placebo controlled, but where are the statistics?
The Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, listen here to a fragment where homoeopathy-sceptic Simon Singh and conservative MP David Tredinnick take opposing views on the healing powers of homoeopathic remedies. Based on a couple of studies published recently, Tredinnick feels it is worth re-opening the debate on whether or not the NHS should fund homoeopathic remedies; Simon Singh explains why this would be a mistake. The latter's description of a French homoeopathic flu medicine that contains one crushed and highly diluted duck that serves millions of people - and therefore earns the company who created the remedy millions of Euros - as the ultimate quack remedy is a wonderful and almost perfect put-down for the values of homoeopathy.