The evidence that homeopathy works

Homeopathy is no more effective than a placebo, a national medical agency has concluded in a hard-hitting report.

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) analysed research into the effectiveness of alternative medicines on 68 health conditions and found ‘there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective’ on any of them.

This proves that it works of course.

Well, think it through. The entire absence of any actual active ingredient is what is claimed makes it work. So therefore the entire absence of any evidence that it does work is proof that it does.

And therefore, of course, we should cut the NHS homeopathy budget to 1 pence and cure every disease in the Kingdom.

17 comments on “The evidence that homeopathy works

  1. “So therefore the entire absence of any evidence that it does work is proof that it does.”

    Homeopathy = CAGW

  2. So homeopathy is the same as placebos? Well that proves homeopathy works because placebos work too.

  3. Placebos quite often work.
    Homeopathy is nearly as good as placebo.
    Therefore homeopathy works!

  4. Hi Tim,

    I don’t think you have quite got the hang of Homeopathy – 1 p will be too “weak” because it has not been “successed” – remember less is more.

    Let’s use homeopathic finance to finance homeopathy – here is how it would work:

    1. Create a limited shares company with 100 shares and a total equity of 1p.
    2. Create a second limited shares company with 100 shares and transfer the ownership of one share of company 1 to the second company.
    3. Repeat 200 times.
    4. Use one share certificate of the final company (plus one sugar pill) to finance homeopathy in the NHS.
    5. It works using a quantum phenomenon called “share memory” – each limited company maintains a quantum memory of the finances of the previous one. It’s a quantummy thingie that works is a quantummy way – so only advanced economists understand it – you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
    6. Quantum.

  5. Is homeopathy the one where you ingest more of the toxin in an attempt to detoxify?

    Just like more deficit spending will enable us to reach escape velocity?

    Homeopathonomics that is.

  6. As I like to point out, if homeopathy was ever shown to work then it would have to be immediately banned, because then we’d have no idea how it worked or what possible side-effects might be thrown up by this entirely unexplained process.

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  8. Is homeopathy the one where you ingest more of the toxin in an attempt to detoxify?

    You ingest an infinitessimal quantity, which may in fact be zero*, of something which causes similar symptoms to what you are suffering.

    *seriously, diluted to a degree that there may in fact be not one single molecule of the stuff in your sugar pill.

  9. Not sure about this, but isn’t there a law about selling placebos?
    A bit like the patent office not taking perpetual motion machines.
    Sad, ‘cos I could have made a fortune with Bo-place. Lace-plo. etc. for various ailments like constipation, arthritis, laziness, etc.
    Is homeopathy just a way to get around this?

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