The UK Is Considering Blacklisting Homeopathy

I’ve been waiting for this for 20 years:

Homeopathy ‘Could Be Blacklisted’, BBC, 13 November 2015

Ministers of the UK’s National Health Service, which pays for people’s drugs, are considering putting homeopathic treatments on a blacklist. That means physicians would no longer be allowed to prescribe them. Of course, people can always buy the remedies themselves, like people do here in the US.

I’m not a proponent of homeopathy. I don’t believe it’s any more effective than placebo.

HomeopathyPotencyA homeopathic remedy starts off with a substance, say grass clippings to treat hay fever, and mixes one part of that to 99 parts water. It doesn’t stop there. One drop of that diluted substance is then mixed with another 99 parts water. And again and again. This article says up to 30 times but some dilutions go up to 1000 times or more. You’d be hard pressed to find one molecule of the original substance in the final substance. It is a pure sugar pill. Wait, the best part … it becomes more potent the more it’s diluted.

The total NHS bill for homeopathy, including homeopathic hospitals and GP prescriptions, is thought to be about £4m.

The UK government spends $4.3 million on sugar pills.

One thought on “The UK Is Considering Blacklisting Homeopathy

  1. Pingback: Justice Department Files Charges Against Makers Of Nutritional Supplements | Fanatic Cook

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s