Monday, May 12, 2014

Homeopathy recognised as therapy by the government, still doesn't work

There's nothing like a good dose of government-sanctioned superstition to distract me from doing actual chores and get me in a blogging mood.

From's The Bulletin:
Homeopathy is now officially recognised in Belgium as a distinct therapeutic system, according to the Royal Decree published today in het Staatsblad.
(Full article)

Until today, Belgian Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx (PS) had been well under my radar (like most figures and facets of Belgian politics). By officially recognising homeopathy as therapy, she's finally earned my disrespect.

For those who don't know, homeopathy is the practice (belief may be a more fitting word) of using preparations consisting of mostly water, with no proven effects, as medicine. Which it isn't. No self-respecting government would allow such nonsense. By attempting to regulate it, they're only making even bigger fools of themselves.

The new Royal Decree does impose strict regulations on who is allowed to practice homeopathy (initially only dentists, doctors and midwives with 400 hours of homeopathy training are allowed), but by taking it so seriously, the government only further legitimizes the hoax. Many current practicians will have to cease their activities because of the decree, which is going to have no effect on public health whatsoever.

It's been said a million times, but I'll say it again: if alternative treatment had any effect other than as a placebo, it would be called medicine. It's not. Now go see a real doctor. If you want water, buy a bottle of Spa. It's cheaper.


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  2. Another thought...

    Here in the UK, there are thousands of lay homeopaths (and a few who are medical professionals), but perhaps there are no lay homeopaths in Belgium? Are they all medical professionals?