A six-year study at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital shows over 70% of patients with chronic diseases reported positive health changes after treatment.
Of the group, 75% felt 'better' or 'much better', as did 68% of eczema patients under 16.
But “felt better” compared with what?
From the BBC’s report it is clear that there was no:
- Control group – ie no group being given a placebo. (Of course, homeopathy is nothing more than placebo, but you know what I mean).
- Randomization of patients selected for the trial
- Baseline measure of how the patients were before treatment, to compare with how they were after.
A test this bad should never have been performed, let alone published. Let there be no doubt this shows the lack of scientific rigor needed to get a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Of course, the dopey homeopaths have been quick to trumpet the success of this crappy study:
Dr David Spence, Clinical Director and Consultant Physician at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital and Chairman of the British Homeopathic Association, a co-author of the new study, said: "These results clearly demonstrate the value of homeopathy in the NHS."
No they don't. All they show is that when asked by the homeopath treating them if they felt “better”, 75% of patients said “yes”. Let’s be clear – a recent review of 110 homeopathy trials published in the Lancet shows homeopathy is nothing more than placebo.