Well, how else can you describe it? Homeopaths in France are required to be qualified medical doctors and are therefore fully aware that what they’re punting is placebo. Anyway, the ever-unreliable Debby Bruck, Canard-en-Chef to a legion of quacks, has Twatted forth to the world an appeal to save French homeopathy. It’s… quite astonishingly brazen. They want to send this letter to President François Hollande.
Let us examine the fuckwittery with which they hope to bamboozle M. le Président. It’s short. I’ll translate as we go, starting with the introduction:
|Les médecins homéopathes vous alertent sur la disparition programmée de vos remèdes homéopathiques. Suite à une directive européenne, 75% des remèdes homéopathiques deviennent indisponibles de fait sur le territoire français. La non-disponibilité de ces remèdes homéopathiques compromet la santé de nos concitoyens.
||France’s homeopathic doctors alertent you to the planned removal of your homeopathic remedies. As a result of an European Directive, 75% of homeopathic remedies would become de facto unavailable in France. The non-availability of these homeopathic remedies would compromise our health as a nation.
I haven’t seen the directive and of course they don’t link to it – or even give a title or reference I can look up. Par for the course for homeopaths, naturally. We’ll take the claims at face value, even though in my experience they tend to exaggerate wildly in order to play the victim. So, a dearth of homeopathy would compromise the health of the nation ? A bold claim indeed, and one that they would be hard put to provide evidence for, since it is no secret that homeopathy is merely a placebo.
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Old homeopathic remedy, Hepar sulph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has decided to review and consolidate legislation on medicines in the UK, with the stated aim of making the whole thing simpler to wade through. A laudable aim, and one that more lawsmiths should bear in mind. I recall my law tutor at Stirling University commencing his dissection of a newly-passed Act with “The primary aim of the legislators in drafting this law was to make it as complex and incomprehensible as possible, and in this they succeeded admirably.”
You may have heard of Judith Acosta. She’s one of the dreaded Huffington Post‘s resident blogwarts and pimps H2Omeopathy on a fairly regular basis. Yes, I know all the articles in HuffPo’s Healthy Living section should be tagged May Contain Nuts, but Acosta has been trying really hard at beefing up her cognitive dissonance. Try this quote:
So, are you tired of misspelt spam promising you a bigger schlong and all the girls fighting each other just to shag you? Does the garish amateurism of sites punting herbal remedies for brewer’s droop turn you off? Does the thought of consulting an acupuncturist for a boost in the meat-and-two-veg department make you cringe in advance? Does the wife object to your getting reiki for your creative chakra in spite of your being privately convinced that the soothing touch of the cool hand of the Temple Maiden would do it a power of good?
I’ve already done a FAQ by taking a real, typical homeopath’s FAQ and correcting it to bring it in line with reality. I’ve also written posts covering homeopathic remedies, from ingredient via proving to final product. They’ll be linked to at the foot of this post, which I intend to keep short and sweet. My usual writing style has been known to cause pearl-clutching in some, so this time there’s zero profanity and you can show it to anyone, anywhere.
1. What is homeopathy?