20100714

A homeopathic standard to ensure its safety and efficacy? You must be joking

The Star reports that apparently the Ministry of Health has developed "a standard for homeopathic medical studies to serve as a guideline to ensure its practice is safe and effective". One wonders just how exactly such a thing to be achieved since, well… it doesn't work!

The short article is full of such gems as:

The ministry's resolve in enhancing the quality of homeopathic medical studies has been proven when the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences started to offer a degree in homeopathy in 2009
Liow also said that homeopathic medicine should be registered under the Control of Drugs and Cosmetic Regulations 1984

*sigh* At least the ministry is utilising its resources to ensure that we Malaysians get the highest quality of woo…

Are there no MDs in the Ministry of Health? Do they know that a homeopathic preparation is likely to not even contain a single molecule of its "active" ingredient (i.e. it's water)? In the UK for example, doctors are actually calling for a ban on NHS funding for homeopathic treatments because there are no scientific evidence that it works. The level of awareness of what homeopathy is here appallingly low.

I'll let James Randi explain:

Also, xkcd:
Dilution (xkcd)

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