In the wake of Ben Goldacre’s excellent recent articles on homeopathy in The Lancet and The Guardian (reproduced in The Daily Mail), several blogs have been started with the intention of defending the indefensible – homeopathy.
The blog ‘Free To Choose Health’ has alleged that commentors on the blog are members of a ‘Bad Science Cult’ – in a post apparently free of irony. The post (helpfully) has a definition of a cult at the beginning – a definition that does not fit the commentors he is talking about. These people are not ‘followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices’ and the Bad Science blog is definitely not an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices.
I prefer the Laughing My Socks Off blog. At least here a sense of humour is in evidence and comments are allowed without the ridiculous proviso that you must ‘declare your allegiance to the Bad Science cult’ prior to posting any comments that dissent from the author’s pet views – as is the case on ‘Free To Choose Health’. My only criticisms of the LMSO blog are that it features too many homeopathic fallacies and does not feature enough socks.
The blog newparadigmmedicine hasn’t really got off the ground yet, but no doubt that will soon change.
Single Posts on Homeopathy Here:
Google ‘Homeopathy’ and several of the hits on the first page may be useful: like this one. Or this one. These reliable sites will link to others – there is a site called EBM-first and they have a homeopathy category. You can also find out more about: homeopathy in animals; sympathetic magic; the Bad Homeopath and Bandolier’s systematic review of systematic reviews.
For background information, wikipedia is a great place to start your research (and a lousy place to finish it). Though they will probably have definitions of terms such as ‘Paradigm Shift’ etc… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page.