It is currently WHAW – World Homeopathy Awareness Week – so let’s be aware.
Sponsored by professional associations and businesses selling homeopathic remedies, WHAW is the creation of the non-profit volunteer organisation WHAO – who began WHAW in order to “promote homeopathic awareness all around the world”. Let the awareness-raising begin.
Science-Based Medicine give an answer to the old question “What’s the harm”, hjhop hosts an image with a rather pithy caption that some of you may enjoy, Skeptic Detective brings us news of WHAW from South Africa, and Liz Ditz began the week with links to a series of articles from a previous WHAW.
I have previously written a a beginner’s guide to homeopathy, which includes some rather handy links. I will reproduce one or two of these below:
A kind of magic from Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science blog.
homeopathy +ethics as covered by Gimpy.
Dilemmas at the heart of alternative medicine.
The powerful placebo (I am somewhat skeptical of the idea that the placebo effect is powerful enough to justify the use of intert treatments such as homeopathy).
I’ve also written about some of the Cochrane reviews of homeopathy:
If any medical (or pseudomedical) practitioner wishes to recommend homeopathy for ADHD, asthma, induction of labour, dementia, or side-effects of cancer treatments then I think that they should first provide good evidence that their choice of treatment is effective.
The same applies to any manufacturer or vendor of homeopathic remedies. If they produce or sell a remedy that is for a specific condition, they should show us the evidence of efficacy.