Australia Declares Homeopathy "Useless"

Then again, Australia still thinks it's a good idea to cull sharks.

Homeopathic Remedies

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Australia's main medical group, the National Health and Medical Research Council, has concluded that homeopathy is "useless." The ruling came in the form of a 300-page report, in which doctors and other health professionals reviewed research on homeopathic remedies and found them wanting: "There is no reliable evidence that homoeopathy is effective for treating health conditions," they wrote. As Melbourne's Herald Sun reported:

The judgement is likely to influence a crucial government review which is deciding whether the 30 per cent tax rebate for private health insurance coverage ofcomplementary therapies should continue. Australians spend almost $4 billion a year on complementary therapies like vitamins and herbs and almost $10 million on homeopathic remedies.

Homeopathy claims to "let like cure like," by using diluted forms of the ailment it is treating, the Guardian noted. But in looking at evidence as to whether homeopathic treatments worked on 68 different conditions and diseases, the review concluded that homeopathy worked no better than a placebo, or that there was no reliable evidence to show it was better.

Just how implausible is homeopathy? Check out this Popular Science story that answers that question in detail. Also of interest: A homeopathy company recently recalled some products because they might have contained effective antibiotics.