Archive for January, 2008
A month ago Free To Choose Health’s weblog had a very funny satire about Ben Goldacre, Frogs and Frog Whisperers. You can read the satirical post here. It seems the satire had more to it than understood at first blush. There has been an air tight replicated homeopathic study with frogs! “The effect of homeopathically prepared thyroxine on highland frogs: influence of electromagnetic fields”, can be read in its entirety here. I have also posted the abstract below. The delicious part is, the web site that published the study is called “Science Direct”! Chew on that awhile, Bad Science Boys!!
Background: Previous experiments show that amphibian larvae are responsive to homeopathically prepared thyroxine.
Methods: We studied the effect of a highly diluted and agitated thyroxine solution exposed to various electromagnetic fields on metamorphosis in highland Rana temporaria. The devices tested were: microwave oven, mobile phone, airport X-ray, and a red light barcode scanner. Animals were treated either with homeopathically prepared thyroxine (10−30 parts by weight, 10−35 in the water in which the animals were kept), or analogously prepared blank solution, or analogously prepared thyroxine exposed to the electromagnetic field of one of the devices tested. Solutions were administered at 48 h intervals according to a standardized protocol.
Results: Animals treated with the standard test solution thyroxine 10−30 metamorphosed more slowly than the control animals, ie the effect of the homeopathically prepared thyroxine was opposed to the usual physiological effect of molecular thyroxine. The cumulative number of test animals that had reached the four-legged stage at defined points in time was smaller in the group treated with homeopathically prepared thyroxine at most of the points in time. This was found independently by all three research teams involved.
In contrast, this effect did not occur when the thyroxine solution had been exposed to the field of the early model microwave oven, or mobile phone. There was no difference between aqueous or alcoholic solutions were used, and there was, if any, only a small protective effect from aluminum foil. Airport X-ray and red light barcode scanning did not diminish the effect of the homeopathic solution.
Some of my recent reading has included Cultural Dwarfs and Junk Journalism, by Martin Walker, his fourth book charting the development of the corporate science lobby that has grown rapidly since New Labour came to power in Britain in 1997. One of the most ardent mouthpieces of the lobby is Dr Ben Goldacre who has authored a “Bad Science” column in the Guardian newspaper since 2003. Walker’s book clarified for me that Ben Goldacre and his fellow “badscience” bloggers have an altogether different agenda than just rigidly defending their view of science. They are part of a British corporate pro-industrial science lobby and therefore it is their JOB to defame anything alternative, and hence, competitive, of which homeopathy is only one of many disciplines. These bloggers started out in the 80′s as a few amateur “quack busters”, and have now joined the pro-industrial science and technology lobby, working together to limit access to anything but what corporate medicine deems valid (read “profitable”). Nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathy have all been subject to venomous attacks by Goldacre and his associates.
Mr. Walker states:
“Don’t expect anything near rationality from these skeptics or any of their aligned organizations. If they are not actually funded by the pharmaceutical and processed food industry or other corporate concerns themselves, they are aligned with groups which are. Their views are narrow and ideological, they have nothing to do with the normal, historically accepted investigation of knowledge. And if it enters your head to wonder whether these people are sincere, forget it. In the main, they are professional agents for corporate medicine and health.”
This explains why when the pro-homeopathic bloggers, especially Laughing My Socks Off, present study after study PROVING the scientific validity of homeopathy, these lobbyists continue to refute the evidence. Because of this realization, I have decided to change the direction of this blog. From now on I will discuss the benefits of homeopathy and the success stories of people who have used it. To that end, I invite you to share your personal homeopathic successes, either as layman or professional.
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