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"Since, after 200 years, there is still no convincing evidence for the effectiveness (never mind the 'principles') of homoeopathy, it seems pretty safe to assume it is a fraud." David Colquhoun, FRS, A. J. Clark Professor of Pharmacology, University College London. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies [FACT] (December 2005) [pdf]

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"You know how people sometimes say "doctors should give homeopathy to their patients"? Well we can't, because to do that, we'd have to lie to our patients." Ben Goldacre, M.D., Bad Science (18th November 2005)

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James Randi comments on the three blows in a row for homeopaths in the second half of 2005. (18th November 2005)

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Concluding remarks: "Therapeutic decisions should be based foremost on an assessment of the potential risk versus proven benefit. For homeopathy, the benefit side of this equation is currently not clearly defined: the best available evidence does not convincingly show benefits over and above those of placebo. The risks of homeopathy are probably relatively small. But even small risks can weigh heavy if the benefit is uncertain, small or totally absent. If one adds to all this, the scientific implausibility of the basic concepts that underlie homeopathic thinking, the inescapable conclusion is not positive: 250 years after the birth of its 'inventor' homeopathy is not associated with a risk-benefit profile that is demonstrably positive." Edzard Ernst, Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, Vol.26 No.11 (November 2005) [pdf]

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"The WHO [World Health Organisation] clearly applies a method which countless homeopaths also use: selective critical thinking… critical reviews by the most influential authors/authorities that are specialized in scientific research on alternative treatments--the Web site Bandolier (Oxford University), the Cochrane Library, and Edzard Ernst (Exeter University)--are entirely ignored." Critique by Cees N. M. Renckens, Tom Schoepen and Willem Betz, Skeptical Inquirer (September/October 2005)

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"It's time we poured cold water on the concept of homoeopathy. And kept pouring and pouring until it's undetectable." Dr Tony Copperfield (pseudonym of a GP from Essex, UK), columnist for Hospital Doctor. StrangeStuff Blogspot (July 2005)

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"Greater Glasgow NHS Board caved in yesterday to a well organised campaign against its plan to close the in-patient ward of the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital….The resources of the tax-payer funded NHS are limited….Why should a handful of patients, or physicians for that matter, be rewarded for a belief in magic? What next — witch-doctors on the NHS?" Paul Stokes, The Scotsman (18th May 2005)

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"Homeopathy is a 200-year-old discipline that genuinely seems to help people — but there's still no evidence for it." Article by Edzard Ernst, The Guardian (12th April 2005)

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Letter to Irish Medical News from Paul O'Donoghue, Head of Psychology Department, Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin (29th November 2004)

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"True homeopathy, both the version true to Hahnemann's principles, and the modern, somewhat revisionist form, is not only unsupported by scientific theory, but also denounced by experimental evidence." Article by Hans Egebo, Skeptic Report (May 2004)

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An ordinary consumer asks the questions that should be asked about homeopathy. Article by Anders W. Bonde, Skeptic Report (December 2003)

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A test protocol that homeopaths designed and approved themselves yielded null results. Transcript of BBC Horizon programme (November 2002)

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"In the final count homeopaths have to believe, put their faith into the existence of a Vital Force and a Healing Power of a dynamized medicine. Neither of these two has ever been demonstrated to the scientific world. Both remain in the sphere of philosophy and mysticism." Dr William E. Thomas M.D. (4th March 2002)