Friday, 8 July 2011

Homeopathy better than placebo

Homeopathy denialists are keen to say 'there is no evidence' that homeopathy is any better than 'placebo'. They have too! They work for, and they are paid by Big Pharma; and they have to protect pharmaceutical drugs from the growing competition from homeopathy, and other natural, drug-free therapies.

There is already plenty of 'clinical evidence', as denialists call it, to say they are wrong. But here is another one to consider.

This study, for instance, concluded that benefits of homeopathy to cancer patient were 'clinically relevant and statistically significant'. The researchers found that homeopathy has a dramatic effect on the quality of life of 259 cancer sufferers, who were being treated with chemotherapy.

The benefits of homeopathy to this group was compared with 380 other cancer patients who were not given homeopathy. As WDDTY said:

          "Most given a remedy found their fatigue improved, although their anxiety and depression levels – the ones usually associated with the placebo effect – did not alter over a three-month period.  Improvements to fatigue levels continued to improve over a 12-month period.  The researchers from Albert Ludwig’s University Freiburg in Germany said they tried to match the patients as closely as possible, so that there were similar health profiles in the homeopathic and non-homeopathic groups."
BMC Cancer, 2011; 11;19; doi: 10:1186/1471-2407-11-19).

Homeopathy denialists will shortly be writing saying that this research was flawed. Or they will just ignore it, and continue to say "There is not evidence" - in the hope that most people won't read about it.

Well, they would say that, wouldn't they!