HOMEOPATHY does not work and homeopathic remedies should not be sold alongside other treatments, one of the world’s most prominent thinkers says.
Simon Singh, a best-selling author and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, will be in Adelaide soon for the Festival of Ideas.
He will discuss his latest book, Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial.
He said it was “disgraceful” homeopathic remedies were on chemists’ shelves.
“I just think that’s absolutely disgraceful. I have no qualms in saying that,” he said.
“(For) the homeopathic remedies, some of the herbal remedies, there’s just no evidence, no convincing evidence at all these things really work.
“I think it’s doing a disservice to the customer to just put them there as though they’re just like any other treatment.”
Homeopathy uses animal, mineral or vegetable sources in water. The “medicines” are highly diluted, sometimes to the point where the original substance is undetectable. Practitioners believe the water holds the “memory” of the original substance.
The Australian Association of Professional Homeopaths claims homeopathy can treat “most diseases, health complaints or conditions” and says it is rejected by orthodox medicine because of a “conceptual and scientific clash”.
Alternative therapies have been under the spotlight since a Parliamentary inquiry into practitioners promising cures for cancer.
The report warned the main danger of many therapies was that patients could give up their conventional treatment.