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Letters Homoeopathic product licence

MHRA label seems to be illegal

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2333 (Published 10 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2333

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Maybe we do need tougher laws.

I do understand that Prof. Colquhoun needs to use every weapon
imaginable to try to damage homeopathy. Obviously a Stalinistic control
over all of medicine would make anything he doesn't approve of illegal. In
his view, society clearly needs to be protected from its self by more
draconian laws.

We might also seriously consider locking up homeopathic doctors in
mental institutions. Surely belief in homeopathy is sufficient evidence of
severe psychosis? We could start by criminalising the doctors who believe
in homeopathy which has no evidence showing that it works.* When that's
done we can deal with the patients who irrationally and insanely believe
they have been helped by homeopathy. Then we can move on to 'dealing' with
people who have other irrational belief systems such as religion and so
on.

But perhaps Bob Leckridge is right and the good professor is having
us on. In which case the joke is on me.

* Unlike purely conventional medicine of which a whopping 13% is
supported by incontravertible evidence. See:
http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/ceweb/about/knowledge.jsp

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 June 2009
Brian Kaplan
Solo practitioner
London, W1G 7LE