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Spying on Shang

Posted on August 10, 2008

In discussion with a homeopath called Clive Stewart I’ve stumbled upon a new (to me at least) misconception about the meta-analysis of Shang et al. It nicely shows the importance of checking primary sources, not trusting hearsay and keeping up-to-date.

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Shang’s secret – the hydra of homoeomythology

Posted on July 4, 2008

At the recent “Scientific Research in Homeopathy” conference Lionel Milgrom was pretending that it’s still 2005 – talking as if Shang still hadn’t clarified which eight trails of homeopathy and six conventional trials were used in their final analysis. So here’s yet another expose of this hydra-headed myth.

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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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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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A homeopathic refutation – part two

Posted on September 13, 2009

Part two of my examination of Lionel Milgrom’s attempted refutation of common criticisms of homeopathy moves on to his defence against claims that it can be dangerous. To do this he ignores any evidence of harm, misrepresents a paper on antidepressants and comes up with some figures that don’t appear in the reference he provides.

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A homeopathic refutation – part one

Posted on September 6, 2009

An essay by Lionel Milgrom purports to refute the charges sceptics level at homeopathy. Of course it does not. In this first post I look at the claims he makes about the evidence for real and useful effects. I also touch on his claims that sceptics make “confusing accusations” about the safety of homeopathy.

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Homeopathy Awareness Week and hay fever

Posted on May 15, 2009

Homeopathy Awareness week is fast approaching. This year it’s featuring hay fever. In its honour I’ve reviewed the literature and, of course, found the evidence wanting. Still, that doesn’t stop the sensible medical homeopaths cherry-picking poor quality trials.

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Homeopathy and the Natural History Museum

Posted on December 20, 2008

Dr* T’s blog alterted me to the promotion of homeopathy by the Natural History Museum. I’ve had no reply to my complaint,so I’ve sent in another. The ‘researcher’ involved is a ‘PhD’ homeopath.

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Holland and Barrett promise to behave

Posted on December 5, 2008

Holland and Barrett have assured the ASA that they have stopped using dodgy email ads. I muse on the ASA initating a review on the evidence for Ginkgo Biloba: when is there enough evidence to sell?

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My First Thirteen Months

Posted on October 5, 2008

A review of my first thirteen blogging months. It’s been a mixture of over-unity madness, phototherapy, homeopathy, dowsing and the philosophy of science: a strange journey.

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