Saturday, January 23, 2010

Quackery at 10.23

In the spirit of Jones late of Guyana, a group of skeptics is going to prove once and for all time that homeopathy is first order quackery.
In what is being billed as "rationalism's Kool-Aid moment", a mass "overdose" is being planned next week in protest at the marketing of homoeopathic medicines

Named after Avogadro's Constant, the 10.23 Group is going to overdose on homeopathic pills at 10.23 hours on Saturday 30th January.
they say their "overdose" will demonstrate that "these remedies, prepared according to a long-discredited 18th-century ritual, are nothing but sugar pills

Should be fun watching this unfold. Meanwhile Not PC has a video on the Homeopathic A&E.

Certainly sums up my views on the witchcraft and quackery of homeopathy.

1 comment:

Øystein R. said...

Homoeopathy sceptics plan mass 'overdose' Protesters to swallow pills in bid to prove treatments ineffective A group of sceptics intend to take an excessive amount of homoeopathic pills. In what is being billed as "rationalism's Kool-Aid moment", a mass "overdose" is being planned next week in protest at the marketing of homoeopathic medicines. More than 300 people who style themselves as "homoeopathy sceptics" will each swallow an entire bottle of homoeopathic pills in protest at the continued marketing of homoeopathic medicines by Boots, the high street chemist chain. The protest is due to take place at 10.23am on Saturday 30 January. It is organised by the "10.23 Group", who take their name from Avogadro's constant, which they claim proves that homoeopathy cannot work.

Martin Robbins: Magic potions must not be sold next to real medicines

Homoeopathy is a bizarre relic of the 18th century, a magical ritual cast over water or sugar pills, claiming to create medicines but failing to pass objective testing. In spite of this, a £40m homoeopathic industry prospers in Britain. You can buy homoeopathic vaccines, or go on a homoeopathic diet. Homoeopathic explorers travel to African clinics, claiming to be able to treat Aids. One site even advertises homoeopathic urine for your children, which is taking the, er, mickey. Believers claim something that causes symptoms can cure them, as long as it's diluted so there's none of the original substance left. So caffeine could cure insomnia, if diluted to the extent that all you have left is water – the remedies contain no active ingredient. Supposedly the water keeps a "memory" of the caffeine that was in it. The memory is only activated when tapped in a certain way, allowing it to remember the active ingredient while conveniently forgetting the sheep that died upstream of the water supply.

magic vs. reality

O how sad to be locked up in the vast reality of verified nothingness.... (in the land of shadows.....´Socrates´)..
What puzzles, though, is how we salute Einstein and Bohr on the right professional occasions (or Ibsen...on leisure)… then... to totally ignore them (to revelate our pitiness) in daily…. and professional life...in our strive.. the search for the best - most adequate vehicles to absolve life...
well..hold on be strong!

Peer Spok.