Homeopathy was condemned as ‘rubbish’ by Britain’s chief medical officer yesterday, who admitted she is ‘perpetually surprised’ it is available on the NHS.
Dame Sally Davies also described homeopaths as ‘peddlers’ and spoke of
her concern that they can prescribe pills and potions to treat malaria
and other illnesses. Giving evidence to an influential committee of MPs, Dame Sally said that homeopathy doesn’t work past the placebo effect. In other words, any benefits patients
perceive are simply caused by them receiving attention and simply
expecting to feel better.
Her outspoken views are in conflict
with the policy of the Health Service, which spends around £4million a
year on funding homeopathic hospitals and on prescriptions and
Homeopathy, which has the backing of
Prince Charles, claims to prevent and treat diseases using diluted forms
of plants, herbs and minerals. It is based on the principle that an illness can be treated by substances that produce similar symptoms.
Source - Daily Mail