Homeopathy is a type of alternative medicine based on two ideas: that “like cures like” (similia similibus curentur), meaning that a substance that causes disease symptoms can also cure those same symptoms; and that dilution increases potency. Both ideas are not only the opposite of what medicine usually observes, but the opposite of common sense, too.
Continue Reading: Homeopathy – RationalWiki.
Selection bias partly explains why there are reports of many satisfied customers who go to psychics, tarot card readers, palm readers, faith healers, acupuncturists, homeopaths, and others who provide bogus treatments such as mistletoe for cancer. The unsatisfied customers are either not asked for their opinion, they’re too embarrassed to give it, or they’re dead.
via Unnatural Acts that can improve your thinking: selection bias.
At the end of April a federal court approved a settlement against Boiron – the world’s largest manufacturer of homeopathic products.
A federal court has preliminarily approved a class action lawsuit settlement with Boiron, Inc. that will provide up to $5 million in refunds to consumers who purchased certain Boiron homeopathic products, including Oscillo, Arnicare, Chestal and Coldcalm.
This is the result of a class action lawsuit against against Boiron alleging that they sold the above named products with false claims they knew they could not support. Jann Bellamy at Science-Based Medicine gives a good overview of the relevant law and the testimony given during the trial.
via NeuroLogica Blog » Boiron Settlement – Homeopathic Active Ingredients are Neither.