Now homeopaths want the EU to force taxpayers to subsidise their ju-ju

13 March, 2010

Here we go again.   The placebo-pushers are on the move.  And unfortunately I read here that an Irish MEP is to the fore in promoting this nonsense:

“The third EU Homeopathy Day will be hosted by Marian Harkin MEP in the European Parliament on 23 March. Organised by the European associations of patients, practitioners, doctors and pharmacists of homeopathy and the European homeopathic and anthroposophic medicine industry association, the event will focus on the need to respect the choices and preferences of the 100 million users of homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine in Europe and to act on their request for the integration of homeopathy and complementary medicine into health care policy.”

It appears that the European Commission plans to launch a review of EU pharmaceutical laws, so the homeopathy quacks feel that it’s a good time to launch a lobbying push in Brussels.  They want  the EU to require all member states to provide access to their worthless products  from publicly-funded health systems.  That’s your taxes, dear reader, that will be used to promote products that have never been shown to have any beneficial effect, except possibly at the level of a placebo, other than in dodgy and biased tests. 

What next? Free witchcraft services for medical card holders?

I urge you to read the writings of Ben Goldacre on the homeopathy charade, whether in his blog here, or in his journalism (see this article  in The Guardian, for instance), or in the relevant parts of his excellent and entertaining book “Bad Science”.

And bravo to Irish science graduate Jennifer Keane who (I read here) is hoping to organise a protest against homeopathic products at every Boots outlet in Dublin.    At similar events in Britain, hundreds of protesters staged mock “overdoses” of homeopathic remedies to prove the substances in them were ineffectual.

Vigilance is the price we pay to avoid hucksters parting us from our hard-earned money, whether in private or public purses.

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