The Globe and Mail reports, We’re aiding and abetting homeopathic quackery:

On April 1, the Ontario Homeopathy Act comes into force. Sadly, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

There is no scientific case for homeopathy. It is undiluted quackery.

Edzard Ernst, an emeritus professor at the University of Exeter, who has published more than 100 papers on the subject, describes it as follows: “Homeopathy is based on the belief that ‘like cures like’ and that the dilution of medicine – homeopaths call the process ‘potentiation’ – renders it not weaker but stronger.”

Homeopaths believe that the water molecules retain a “memory” of the original substance, allowing nano-doses to trigger a healing response in the body.

None of these concepts have any basis in biology, physiology or medicine. They are vestiges of centuries-ago practice, when homeopathy was an attractive alternative to bleedings, leeches and other snake-oil potions.

Thanks to the Canadian Atheist for reporting it.


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