Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Homeopathy is morally wrong, says bioethics expert

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Why don't we start this morning with some wise words, courtesy of Dr Kevin Smith, a bioethicist at the University of Abertay Dundee? Writing in the current issue of the journal Bioethics, Smith hits out at the £1.5 million spent annually on homeopathy by the NHS in Scotland:
“Homeopathy is utterly implausible. Homeopathic preparations are so thoroughly diluted that they contain no significant amounts of active ingredients, and thus can have no effects on the patient's body. So it is hardly unsurprising that, despite a large number of studies having been conducted, there's no convincing evidence to support claims of effectiveness for homeopathy. Those who believe it works either do not understand the science, or are simply deluded. It is important to realise that homeopathy is not ethically neutral; it is wasteful and potentially dangerous, and conflicts with fundamental ethical principles. I argue that those involved with healthcare have a moral duty to take an active stance against homeopathy. For example, those responsible for healthcare funding should act to ensure that scare NHS resources are not allocated to the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital. Indeed, the closure of this facility would be welcome on ethical grounds."
 [Via @BHANews]
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