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Homeopathy doesn't prevent malaria

Homeopathy is in the news again today. An undercover survey has produced ten homeopaths who advised people that they could take homeopathic medicines as an alternative to conventional antimalarial prophylaxis. Dr Peter Fisher at The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital pointed out that there was no evidence for such claims and that they made no sense in homeopathic theory, but it seems unlikely that such denials will undo the harm that has been done by the irresponsible claims already made.

When I was at the hospital I quite often had to explain to patients that there was no homeopathic alternative to conventional immunisation against such diseases as whooping cough, measles, or rubella. Irresponsible claims to the contrary were quite common at that time.

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