Alt Med Societies

May 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm (Alternative Medicine, Chiropractic, Code of Ethics, Homeopathy, Legal Chill, Nutritionism, Society of Homeopaths, SoH) (, , , , , , )

Alternative Medicine societies often claim to regulate their members, they also commonly have something that they refer to as a “Code of Ethics”. Frequently, however, Alt Med societies either have inadequate codes of ethics or fail to enforce them – making a mockery of their claims to regulate their members. They are often loath to criticise what others believe to be bad practice in their field. When others criticise particular fields of Alt Med, they are sometimes subject to legal complaints from these societies. It is unfortunate that societies choose to flex their legal muscle rather than show the evidence that supports their claims. Read the rest of this entry »

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What are Big Pharma doing about it?

January 30, 2009 at 8:35 pm (Bad Science, Big Pharma, Code of Ethics, Dangerously Wrong, Homeopathy, Woo) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This was (roughly) a question asked on Gimpy’s blog by a supporter of homeopathy regarding Aids in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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SoH Press Release – Hilarious

January 9, 2008 at 5:03 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bloggers, Code of Ethics, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Media, Remedies, Society of Homeopaths, SoH) (, , , , , , , , )

Just a very brief post pointing out what I think is the funniest part of the Society of Homeopaths’ press statement / response to Polly Toynbee’s rather wonderful CiF piece. Read the rest of this entry »

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Water, Water Everywhere…

November 5, 2007 at 3:54 pm (Bad Science, Bloggers, Code of Ethics, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, NASH, Remedies, Society of Homeopaths, SoH) (, , , , , , , , , )

Nor any drop to drink. With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I’m using just a tiny amount of his poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ in the hope that this tiny amount, heavily diluted with my own words (and succussed when I bang my head on the keyboard in frustration, most likely) will prove to be more powerful than the original. Sounds like a load of old cock? It is – but so is homeopathy and still we have ‘water, water everywhere’. The latest example I’ve spotted is… Read the rest of this entry »

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More on Homeopathic Societies – This Time It’s NASH

October 23, 2007 at 10:13 am (Bad Science, Code of Ethics, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, NASH, Society of Homeopaths, SoH) (, , , , , , , , , )

 While reading David Colquhoun’s DC Science one day, I was disturbed to find some rather worrying comments by Kate Birch (of NASH, the North American Society of Homeopaths) relating to her book (titled ‘Vaccine Free – Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Contagious Diseases with Homeopathy’). I decided to highlight my concerns regarding Ms Birch’s advice in an email to NASH. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Gentle Art of Homeopathic Killing (Cowards and Bullies) – The Society of Homeopaths

October 12, 2007 at 8:40 am (Bad Science, Bloggers, Code of Ethics, Homeopathic Remedies, Homeopathy, Society of Homeopaths, SoH) (, , , , , , , , )

The SoH Controversy 

The SoH (The Society of Homeopaths) has done something rather silly. They’ve made legal threats over a blog post that points out (quite truthfully) that they do not effectively regulate their members. This has been highlighted on many sites now, but blogger Gimpy has taken the ball and run with it. This page on the use of a House of Lords report in a SoH press release follows Gimpy’s recent post dealing with the Le Canard Noir / Society of Homoeopaths issue (see the third link in th ehuge list at the bottom of this page) and relates to a press release that was put out by the SoH last month. The House of Lords report has some revealing Q&A – look out for Q538 from Lord Broers. Now, Gimpy has a new post dealing with the SoH website and potential breaches of their own code of ethics. Link: How embarrassing is that? To advertise your code of ethics and break it on the very same website!

 The Quackometer blog about the Society of Homeopaths follows, with links to 40+ other bloggers covering this issue (links obtained from DC Science and Gimpy’s blog). UPDATE 18th October: JQH is the latest blog to be added. pvandck and homeopathiccomplaints are also new.

The quackometer blog has had this post taken down due to ludicrous legal threats from the Society of Homoeopaths (SoH):

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