Sunday, October 4, 2009

Homeopathy = FAIL

“This finding is compatible with the notion that the clinical effects of homeopathy are placebo effects.”

“It is concluded that the best clinical evidence for homeopathy available to date does not warrant positive recommendations for its use in clinical practice.”

“Our analysis of published literature on homeopathy found insufficient evidence to support clinical efficacy of homeopathic therapy in cancer care.”

“The evidence from rigorous clinical trials of any type of therapeutic or preventive intervention testing homeopathy for childhood and adolescence ailments is not convincing enough for recommendations in any condition.”

“There is not enough evidence to reliably assess the possible role of homeopathy in asthma.”

“In view of the absence of evidence it is not possible to comment on the use of homeopathy in treating dementia.”

“There is insufficient evidence to recommend the use of homeopathy as a method of [labor] induction.”

“The authors conclude that the small number of randomized clinical trials conducted to date, although favoring homeopathic treatment, do not allow a firm conclusion as to the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis.”

“Ultramolecular homeopathy had no observable clinical effects.”

“There was no difference in most outcomes between placebo and homeopathic immunotherapy.”

“Overall, there was no significant benefit over placebo of homeopathic treatment.”

“Evidence suggests that homeopathy is ineffective for migraine, delayed-onset muscle soreness, and influenza prevention.”

“We found no evidence that active homeopathy improves the symptoms of RA.”

“No discrete signals suggesting a difference between remedies and controls were seen.”

“In conclusion, published results from NMR research on homeopathy indicating differences between homeopathic solutions and control samples could not be reproduced.”

“None of the homeopathically treated groups differed significantly with respect to any of the parameters from the non-medicated, infected control group. It is concluded that the results of this study do not justify use of these homeopathic remedies for treatment of colibacillosis in broilers.”

“There were no discernible differences between the treated and control groups in their manifestations of resistance to D viviparus or their clinical responses to the disease produced.”

“These results support the widely held opinion that scientific proof for the efficacy of veterinary homeopathy is lacking.”

There were no significant differences between the SCC of the two groups.”

“Evidence of efficacy of homeopathic treatment beyond placebo was not found in this study.”

“Following as closely as possible the methods of the original study, we can find no evidence for any periodic or polynomial change of degranulation as a function of anti-IgE dilution.”

“We found no evidence for a different effect of strongly agitated dilutions, compared to dilutions made with minimal physical agitation. In fact, in our hands no effect of extreme dilutions was shown at all.”

Current evidence does not support a preventative effect of Oscillococcinum-like homeopathic medicines in influenza and influenza-like syndromes.

Dr. Jack Killen, acting deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, says homeopathy "goes beyond current understanding of chemistry and physics." He adds: "There is, to my knowledge, no condition for which homeopathy has been proven to be an effective treatment."

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