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"Dr Reilly agreed that many biochemists find the concept of homeopathic treatment puzzling and diffcult to accept, but pointed out that in his opinion the biophysicists had much less diffculty in understanding the validity of the mechanism by which homeopathic remedies may act." Select Committee on Science and Technology — Sixth Report (The United Kingdom Parliament).
Offers two internationally recognised qualifications in homeopathy: a Primary Health Care certificate in Homeopathy, and a Primary Certificate in Veterinary Homeopathy — both of which concentrate on first aid, acute prescribing and basic philosophy.
Abstract of a presentation (relating to the two links immediately below) made at the 11th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care in Exeter, UK.
A critical commentary on Dr David Spence's study from David Colquhoun, FRS, A. J. Clark Professor of Pharmacology, University College London. Includes a PDF link to the study [Spence DS, Thompson EA, Barron SJ, Homeopathic Treatment for Chronic Disease: A 6-Year, University-Hospital Outpatient Observational Study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2005, Vol. 11, No.5, pp. 793-8]. (Also see the link immediately below)
More critical comment on Dr David Spence's recent homeopathy study from Timandra Harkness, science writer and broadcaster (Spiked Online)
The Memory of Water: a scientific heresy? (Editorial by Peter Fisher); The Memory of Water: an overview (Martin F. Chaplin); The history of the Memory of Water (Yolène Thomas); Can Water possibly have a memory? A sceptical view (José Teixeira); Long term structural effects in water: autothixotropy of water and its hysteresis (Bohumil Vybíral and Pavel Vorácek); The defining role of structure (including epitaxy) in the plausibility of homeopathy (Manju Lata Rao Rustum Roy Iris R. Bell and Richard Hoover); Can low-temperature thermoluminescence cast light on the nature of ultra-high dilutions? (Louis Rey); The 'Memory of Water': an almost deciphered enigma. Dissipative structures in extremely dilute aqueous solutions (V. Elia E. Napoli and R. Germano); The possible role of active oxygen in the Memory of Water (Vladimir L. Voeikov); The silica hypothesis for homeopathy: physical chemistry (David J. Anick and John A. Ives); The octave potencies convention: a mathematical model of dilution and succession (David J. Anick); The nature of the active ingredient in ultramolecular dilutions (Otto Weingärtner); Conspicuous by its absence; the Memory of Water macro-entanglement and the possibility of homeopathy (L.R. Milgrom). [Complete set of papers reproduced by Ben Goldacre at Bad Science August 2007]
"I wouldn't bother fighting a great battle over homeopathy, I mean there are people who use it, people who don't use it, it is not going to determine the future of the world, frankly." Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister, quoted in the Guardian on 2nd November 2006. In the same article, he urged scientists "to concentrate on important issues" when it came to public battles.
Video and commentary on a debate on homeopathy between NHS doctor, Ben Goldacre, and Peter Fisher, clinical director of the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and homeopathic physician to the Queen. The debate was held at the Natural History Museum, London, on 30th November 2006. (Link to Professor David Colquhoun's Improbable Science Page)
James Randi on Jacques Benveniste's homeopathy research at the 2006 Amazing Meeting. (YouTube, 9mins 30secs)
(YouTube, 8 mins 48secs) [Some sound distortion for a few seconds at about a minute in]
"Six people took milk sugar that had been exposed to a telescope focused on Saturn. They ground and scraped the milk sugar in a process that diluted it 1:100 three times in succession, to make a 3C remedy (one part of Saturn-exposed sugar to 1,000,000 parts of unexposed sugar). Two of the participants weren't even blinded as to what they were testing, and there were no controls." Critique by Harriet Hall, MD (James randi Educational Foundation (26th October 2009)
Advertising works, but only on people who aren't scientifically educated. So why not allow it? Article by Adam Rutherford, The Guardian (23rd October 2009)