What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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Dana Ullmann. (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2007.) "This is a great compilation of famous people who, during the last 200 years, have used or tried or spoken kindly about homoeopathy: Barbara Cartland, David Beckham, Adolf Hitler and many others. Sometimes the 'evidence' seems to be built more on hearsay than on fact. On the whole, I found this nevertheless an interesting reference text. The crucial question arises: What does it all mean? If many famous and some infamous people have used homoeopathy, does that mean it is effective? Does it show that even implausible treatments can survive? Or does it imply that famous and rich people can afford all the healthcare money can buy, including treatments that do not really work? Dana Ullman is one of the most enthusiastic homoeopaths I have ever met. I grant him that he has compiled a nice reference book, which many with an interest in homoeopathy will enjoy. But somehow I doubt that he and I would agree on the answers to the above questions." Reviewed by Edzard Ernst, Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies [FACT] (December 2008)