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“The only concern of homeopaths is to treat the symptoms of disease, rather than the basic causes, which they do not recognize. Thus homeopathy correctly falls into the category of magic. And quackery.” James Randi (An Encyclopaedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural)

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A critical evaluation of Homeopathy for health care professionals, students and the general public. Creighton University School of Medicine (February 2002)

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"Patients will be put at risk by a new regulatory system being brought in for homeopathic medicine, critics say. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is introducing rules to allow remedies to specify the ailments for which they can be used. But critics argue the treatments will not be rigorously tested as they do not need to undergo the clinical trials orthodox drugs do to get a licence." BBC News (1st September 2006)

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Articles and links questioning the validity of homeopathy

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A skeptical guide to homeopathy

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Article on homeopathy by Professor David Colquhoun, Professor of Pharmacology, University College London (National Health Executive journal, Jan/Feb 2009) [pdf]

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Defending the NHS From Homeopathy. H:MC18 is a website designed to help educate the public and defend their right to a decent NHS that is not undermined by expensive quack treatments. It supports orthodox medicine and its commitment to evidence, efficacy and safety. It singles out homeopathy as an excellent example of the opposite, a treatment unsupported by evidence and essentially unchanged since the 18th century.

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Skeptics in the UK have announced their intention to raise public awareness that homeopathy is quackery. The campaign launches early in 2010. People who wish to join or monitor the campaign can register via this link.