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Homeopathy: Ben Goldacre, Hans Schrauder and… The Buzzer

The recent damning conclusions from the House of Commons Evidence Check on homeopathy, calling for NHS funding for the prescribing of homeopathic remedies to be stopped, has thrown homeopathy into the news again. And, of course, the media spotlight carries with it the utterly idiotic approach of bringing “both sides” of the argument as though, in every argument, the two sides have equal intellectual weight supporting them.

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Many Many Rants… and not much evidence

[Edit: I’ve just spotted that I wrote “pro-” where in fact I meant “anti-“. Whoops. The substantive argument is still the same.]

My article on World Without Cancer will have to wait. There’s a far more pressing issue.

A few days ago Ben Goldacre posted the audio from a rather biased pro-MMR anti-MMR-vaccine radio phone-in “debate” hosted by Jeni Barnett on LBC Radio. In it, Jeni stated that she’d not had her children vaccinated, and invited people to phone in, presumably for an informed, balanced debate. The debate she chaired, however, was anything but.

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