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Dengue: betting on homeopathy?

Posted on May 8, 2009

Looking for press coverage of a recent paper on homeopathy for dengue fever reveals a local government press release making modest claims whilst futher afield the author is still talking the work up. Shifting goal posts and playing your cards right: A de-facto CAM marketing strategy perhaps?

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Posted in homeopathy, Logical Fallacies | 6 Comments »

Dengue: magic water and the great social mobilization

Posted on May 2, 2009

Discussing a paper on homeopathy and Dengue Fever with its author shows that its treatment arm has no value and the prophylaxis trial result is better explained by a “great social mobilization” against Denue: not magic water. Let’s see if the pseudo-journal will publish a critical letter.

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Posted in homeopathy, Statistics | 12 Comments »

Editing reality

Posted on August 28, 2010

See Helmut Roniger, an NHS homeopath and doctor, with quackademic Jenifer Jocobs spin the recent Cuban Leptospirosis paper to support a research agenda on homoprophylaxis for malaria, dengue and antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

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Posted in homeopathy, Leptospirosis, Logical Fallacies | 4 Comments »

Here Is the News

Posted on August 12, 2010

The Faculty of Homeopathy’s press release for Bracho et al’s Leptospirosis paper deploys the usual PR techniques to sell a dangerous message: don’t worry about the lack of medicine in the medicine, homeopathy works – now let’s research its use on other infectious diseases.

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Posted in homeopathy, Science Journalism | 5 Comments »

Much ado about nothing

Posted on August 8, 2010

Finally the much touted trial of homeopathy for leptospirosis in Cuba has been published. No credible journal would take it. With dilutions of ten-to-the-power of 400 and 20,000 its clear that the homeopathy didn’t do it. But what did? Non-specific effects, conventional meds and regression to the mean perhaps?

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Posted in homeopathy, Leptospirosis, The Memory of Water | 30 Comments »

Keen on neem?

Posted on August 2, 2010

The Abha Light organisation are keen on neem as an anti-malarial. While extracts of this tree might form the basis of drugs in the future or contribute to vector control, there is no evidence that neem can treat malaria. Pushing it is unethical and dangerous.

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Posted in herbs, homeopathy | 4 Comments »

Dilutions of Grandeur

Posted on March 8, 2009

A paper published in a re-branded homeopathy journal -the International Journal of High Dilution Research – claims to show homeopathy helps control Dengue fever outbreaks. I don’t think so.

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Posted in homeopathy | 17 Comments »